Days later, some in Berks still coping with power loss

'We couldn't even get out the first couple days'

RICHMOND TWP., Pa. - Hundreds of people in Berks County were still without electricity Monday afternoon, three days after the latest round of severe weather.

Some of the people impacted by the power outages have turned to generators.

The motor in Richmond Township resident Glen Miller's generator has been humming for several days. It's a $30-per-day expense.

When asked, "Is it worth it?" Miller said, "Oh yeah. Oh my yeah! It's jut like the power never went off."

High winds knocked out the power in Miller's neighborhood Friday afternoon.

"There was a tree down there and a tree down at the bottom of the hill, and we couldn't even get out the first couple days," he said.

At the height of the outages on Friday, Met-Ed reported nearly 9,000 of its customers were without power in Berks, including the Olivet Boys and Girls Club in Reading's Oakbrook neighborhood.

"I want to say it could have been the wind. They say it was 30 miles an hour, but felt like 60," said Olivet director Jadira Quinoes.

On a typical day, Quinoes said roughly 100 kids visit the club for tutoring, homework help and fun. They had to turn kids away Friday and again Monday.

"The majority of our kids live in the area in our community and I'm actually happy they did get their power restored," she said.

Quinoes said the outages may be a bit frustrating for some, but she encouraged people to have patience.

Miller said he hopes the outage doesn't last much longer.

"I'm tired of running for gas," he said.

Power was expected to be restored in Richmond Township sometime Monday night. As for the Olivet Boys and Girls Club, power should be on by Tuesday morning.

Since the storm on Friday, Muhlenberg Township-based Met-Ed has restored power to more than 193,000 customers in the region.

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