Thousands still without power
Orange and Rockland says that for 225,000 customers without power, most will be able to turn back on lights within ten days, but complete repairs could take weeks. YNN's John Wagner spoke with people trying to cope, knowing the end is nowhere in sight.
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ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Millie Figuerora said, "Crazy. Oh my god, I'm going crazy."
It's only been two days so far without power and many Hudson Valley homes can expect to wait at least two more before getting back some normalcy.
"We just layer up and lots more blankets. What can you do but ride it out?" said Ingrid Stephens of Scotchtown.
"I feel like I'm on survivor, I know it's not your network, but you know what, vote me off the island," one person said.
Locals grab what free dry ice and water they can, hoping it keeps their fridges cold another 24 hours. Some can handle the outages, for others, the situation is getting dire.
"It's my wife I try to take care of. I was a soldier for ten years, so hey, I will survive," one person said.
Figuerora said, "It's been a nightmare. There's six kids. My mom's a diabetic.”
Figuerora had a tree knock down a power line right in front of her house, a dangerous situation, keeping her kids cooped inside.
"They're used to being outside or playing, like you said, playing PS3 and iPods and it's not working,” Figuerora said. “They're in the house, they're driving us nuts, we can't do anything about it, I want to cry."
"Central Hudson expects to restore 90 percent of their outages by late Friday night. But remote locations or damage affecting only a few homes on a dead end like this one may be part of the unlucky ten percent."
"We went to Wal-Mart. We went here, just trying to get warm, get water, there's no milk."
Many Newburgh grocery stores were all out of milk, so kids without cereal, not allowed outside, with no video games, adds up to an equation for education.
"It's kind of boring here. School for me is not that fun, but it's the only place where I could actually hang out with friends and stuff, so for me, going back to school would be actually a pretty good thing for me," Elliott Pagan said.
The painful waiting game began two days ago and for thousands, it continues.