Community Comes Together After Sandy

As people across the region remain without power, local residents in Upper Moreland are making the best out of a tough situation.

By Katy Zachry and David Chang
|  Friday, Sep 20, 2013  |  Updated 12:39 PM EDT
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With thousands across the region still without power, one Montgomery County community is making the best out of their situation. NBC10's Katy Zachry has the story.

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With thousands across the region still without power, one Montgomery County community is making the best out of their situation. NBC10's Katy Zachry has the story.

As people across the region remain without power, local residents in Upper Moreland are making the best out of a tough situation.

Families in Upper Moreland have gone six nights and counting without electricity. Not content with sitting in their homes and waiting for power, they decided to take the opportunity to bond with one another and focus on the positive.

“My neighbor behind me had a tree that fell on her car,” said Linda Hires. “She totaled her car. So it could be so much worse.”

Hires and her neighbors have been gathering on Manor Road for food, conversation and a bonfire that provides much needed warmth almost a week after Sandy hit. Utility crews told them they won’t have power back until early next week.

“It’s frustrating,” said Mary Plummer. “But we all help each other out. We go out and we do things together.”

Joe Hetzel and his wife offered their yard for the bonfire. The couple is living out of their RV for the time being.

“We take care of each other,” said Hetzel. “If you have a generator or somebody else has a generator there are wires running everywhere and we’re just making sure everybody is taken care of.”

In nearby Bucks County, Levittown and Bristol have some of the worst outages, according to PECO.

“It’s a terrible feeling to not have power,” said Holly Purcell of Levittown. “But there is nothing you can do. They’ve left their families to come try and help us out.”

Purcell and her husband Rich appreciate the work that goes into getting them back online. They just wish they knew when it will happen.

“They’re not telling us anything,” said Rich. “We talked to the surveyor and he said, ‘we’re doing the best we can.’ We understand that. Still, it is a little frustrating.”

A PECO spokesperson tells NBC10 they plan to have 99% of their customers restored by tomorrow night.
The remaining customers will follow shortly after that, early next week.

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