Lost Power and Losing Money

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PPL reports that about 10,000 homes and businesses in Lackawanna County are still without power.

Most of those are in the northern part of the county.

Richard Williams owns country store and pie shop in Ransom Township where he bakes for several local grocery stores and restaurants. Before Sandy hit he had gotten a head start on making pies for Thanksgiving.

The freezers that held those pies are now empty. That food is ruined, Williams said, but he's trying to make a profit even without electricity.

“I have a neighbor who has power gracious enough to let me run a cord to try and keep my compressor up as much as I can and my walk in cooler. It hasn't been easy, missing a lot of business and can't service my accounts,” said Williams.

Williams said he's not sure when his power will be restored. In the meantime, he's making due by plugging in only one appliance at a time and staying open only during lunchtime.

More than 500 homes and businesses in the Clarks Summit area lost power during sandy, that includes Abington heights middle school in Newton Township. The building is still in the dark, and the district's been closed for three days.

Folks expect the outages to last a while. After nearly three days without electricity, Jim Corselius of Ransom Township finally caved and bought a generator to run his freezer.

“I hated to spend the money, but I feel like it's going to be well worth it this time,” said Corselius.

Corselius said short power outages aren't too uncommon in this rural area, so he was prepared, stocking up on ice and fueling his wood stove over the weekend, but he said this is the point when he and his wife become a little stir crazy.

“Well, that probably happened before this, but, the nights start getting longer and the day shorter when there's no electric,” said Corselius.