Powerless and Peeved

STROUD TOWNSHIP — It’s now been a week since Hurricane Sandy made landfall and some homes and businesses in the Poconos are still without power.

Those residents are fed up and letting Newswatch 16 know it. They’re very upset because they feel power company Met-Ed is ignoring their power needs.

“We have to go another two days without heat, this is not normal!” said Hope Carbone of Stroud Township.

“I am very ticked off. We’re paying all these bills, paying all this money to them. And they don’t even show up!” said Harold Palmer of Stroud Township.

“If I could choke the guy, I would. Nah. It’s desperate here, why are we the last ones?” asked Paul Hentschel of Stroud Township.

Neighbors of the Canterbury Estates housing development outside Stroudsburg are peeved, to say the least, at their power company Met-Ed.

It’s been one week since Sandy snapped trees in half, ripped down power lines and mangled transformers.

These neighbors are some of the hundreds of Met-Ed customers still left in the dark since last Monday night.

And they’ve had enough.

“We don’t know where they hell they gonna be at. We haven’t seen Met-Ed at all. We’ve seen everyone else. PPL rides back and forth and waves at us!” said Palmer.

“But they’re not doing anything, it’s freaking cold. My sister and I don’t have anywhere to go.  We stay in the house, with the dogs, with blankets on us, and put the stove on in the morning and try to get warm,” said Carbone.

While everyone is waiting for the power to be restored, Palmer has borrowed his brothers generator. Not only is he using it to help heat his home, he’s sharing the wealth. He plugged in an extension cord to his neighbor’s house, to help out the guy, his wife and their three children.

Not everyone has a generator, so one neighbor is taking advantage of the shelter at East Stroudsburg University.

“It’s frustrating because you don’t have running water. We all have wells here. No one can take a hot shower, no one can go to the bathroom,” said John Carroll of Stroud Township.

There’s also another wave of concern in this community. Some forecasts of a possible Nor’easter arriving mid-week.

“We’re having a Nor’easter coming. Then they’re going to tell us, oh, we can’t get to you. A Nor’easter came. That’s our next excuse gonna come up,” said Palmer.

We contacted Met-Ed about that particular community.  The spokesperson says he couldn’t say when the power would come back on.

The spokesperson says most power will be restored Monday night and the rest Tuesday.

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