Power outage leaves residents without heat in frigid temps

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 11/27/2013 1:58 pm Published: 11/27/2013 12:10 pm

Nearly 200 Midtown residents were left without heat overnight Tuesday as temperatures dipped below 20 degrees.

FOX23's Janai Norman went to the neighborhood and learned from PSO a tree had fallen onto power lines causing the outage around 10:30 p.m.

"We were watching a movie and then the power went off," Cas Bridge told FOX23. “TV went off, Internet went."

Along with the power went the heat on a night when the FOX23 weather team tracked temperatures that dropped into the upper teens.

"I ended up having to get the sleeping bags out because it got pretty cold last night," Seneca Scott told FOX23. "It was sort of near seeing your breath."

Bridge said, "It was really chilly, the house got down close to 50 degrees but we have dogs so we made them cuddle up really close."

She says she was cuddled up with her dogs underneath extra blankets to make it through the frigid night. But Bridge had another problem—chickens.

"They have a heat lamp in their roost," she added.

But because of the power outage, that went out too. So at the last minute she had to find a way to keep her six pet chickens warm without any power or heat.

"We had to make some provisions," Bridge said. "We shut them up in their coop."

All the while, neighbors, like Scott, were shut inside their homes, listening as tree-trimming crews worked through the night.

"They worked all night long, so more than anything I just didn't get a lot of sleep last night," Smith said. "It'd be nice if there was communication about what they're intending to do and how long it will take."

The power was completely restored around 8 Wednesday morning.

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Unwashed Mass - 11/27/2013 9:08 PM
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PSO promised after the '07 Ice Storm to bury lines, even increased rates to pay for it. They backed out on the promise but kept the money.

Mayor Maynot - 11/27/2013 7:17 PM
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Thank goodness for ONG.
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