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Power Problems Spark Demand For Generators

HARVEYS LAKE — People across Luzerne County are also still cleaning up from Tuesday’s storm and there are still thousands without power, making generators a hot commodity.

Both the Lowe’s in Edwardsville and Wilkes-Barre Township sold out of generators Wednesday. The Edwardsville store got a new shipment Thursday morning and shared with the other store.

We found a lot of people at Harveys Lake who are still relying on generators. Throughout Luzerne County, they have become a prized possession.

“We tried Tractor Supply and then we went to the Lowe’s in Wilkes-Barre, and they were out. And they told us that this store just got a shipment in,” said Robert Young of Shickshinny.

The Lowe’s in Edwardsville became a generator hot spot since thousands are still without power after Tuesday’s storm.

One of them is Shon Woodrosky of Harveys Lake.

“It sounded like a freight train coming over the house, and we lost power.”

He’s helping out his neighbors, one of whom lost 17 trees in the storm.

“We come in with the tractor, cut it up, give them access to the driveways, and then just start chipping and making piles of firewood,” Woodrosky explained.

He’s not the only person we found helping out his neighbors. We came across another Good Samaritan using his generator for power in his house, and several others.

“We all kick in for the gas, so it all works out, you know? You got to get through it somehow,” said Allen Kidd.

Because power is still out, well pumps also won’t work. That’s why people we spoke with say they’re relying on each other.

“You help because everyone has damage,” Woodrosky said.

There are still a number of generators available here at Lowe’s. Employees there say things have slowed down a bit as more and more people get their power back.

Those we spoke with at Harveys Lake say they don’t expect to get it back until possibly as late as Monday.

Power Outage Maps:
PPL Customers: https://www.pplelectric.com/my-account/outage-center/outage-map.aspx
UGI Customers:http://www.ugi.com/portal/page/portal/UGI/Outage_Center/Outage_Map
Penelec Customers: http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/pa.html

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