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Lehigh Valley residents without power dread another storm

Say days without power starts to get to you.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Mother Nature is gearing up to once again show off her power while some in the Lehigh Valley are still without theirs.

“It's been hard, I think it's been hard on the whole community here,” said Marge Bilheimer from Allentown.

Bilheimer hasn't had full power since Friday after trees toppled onto her nearby power lines.

 “The first day it's like camping out but by the second day your nerves are getting frayed and by the third day you really feel like you're getting hypothermia,” said Bilheimer.

PPL turned on some of her power Monday night but she's still without her stove and most of her outlets.

“It really effects your mental health, I would say your mental health as much as your physical health,” said Bilheimer.

But on top of the cold and darkness, Bilheimer says one of the most frustrating parts of the aftermath has been the lack of communication about where the warming stations and shelters are set up in the area, especially for her elderly neighbors.

And with round two just hours away, she says she wants answers.

“Our fear is this is going to be a repetition and we still don't know where to take people who need shelter,” said Bilheimer.

Meanwhile, PPL is racing against the clock trying to restore power for thousands of customers before this nor'easter with all hands on deck plus extra crews.

“We have 1,800 line crews, tree crews and assessors helping with the restoration process,” said Carol Obando-Derstine with PPL Regional Affairs.

As PPL works on the current damage, Obando-Derstine says they're preparing as best they can for more so people like Bilheimer and her neighborhood won't have a recurring nightmare.

“You don't realize what it does to you,” said Bilheimer.

PPL says the target time to restore all customers who lost power in last week's storm is still 11:00 p.m. Wednesday but a lot of people are expected to be taken care of before then.


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