Lehigh Valley

Some still struggling without power after Irene

Some still struggling without power after Irene

Those who don't have power are doing what they can until the lights go back on.

One of those people is Ray Free, who cuts grass because he can't do much else.

"No water, no electricity, nothing," he said.

His Bushkill Township home has been without power since 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

A generator powers his sump pump, fridge and freezer but nothing else.

Down the street, Debbie Kemmerer and her eight dogs are in the dark. Without a generator she relies on family for showers and a place to store her frozen foods.

"It's not been fun to tell you the truth," Debbie said.

At the time of this report, more than 21,000 PPL customers and 9,000 Met-Ed customers were in the dark.

Debbie isn't expected to get her power back until Saturday.

"You don't realize how fortunate you are to have electricity and things today until you don't have it," she said outside her home on Old Allentown Road.

PPL and Met-Ed said the reason for the delay is due to a lot of areas still being cut off.

But a giant tree which was blocking the road is gone, meaning progress is being made.

The Red Cross told people to take precautions, especially with food, if they are without power for an extended period of time.

"If it smells funny or any type of odor don't eat it," said Cordelia Miller of the Red Cross.

The Red Cross also advised people to keep ice on hand.

If you're out, wrap food in newspaper and store it someplace dry and cool.

If you're diabetic, wrap insulin before putting it on ice.

If life-saving electric equipment is a must, contact your physician or police department.

Ironically, these tips probably can't be viewed by some who could use them right now.

"It's tough, certainly getting disgusted," Free said.

A sentiment certainly shared by many.

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