The Long Road to Power Restoration

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Thousands of crews have been hard at work across Triad, since Friday's ice storm. Technicians continue to move from neighborhood to neighborhood, to restore power.

It could be a while before the lights are back on in many neighborhoods. Residents are hoping it's sooner rather than later.

"I heard a pop, and then I heard a big boom and then a flash of lightning," said Greensboro resident Molly Currie. That's when Currie's lights went out. "The worst part was no running water, no hot water. The first night we had sardines and crackers."

Three days later, her power is still out, but Duke Energy crews have swarmed her neighborhood. "They can't be everywhere at one time so we just prayed and said thank you," said Currie.

A 10-person team from Indiana is working to restore Molly's power. "We've had crews in this area for days now," said Jeff Corbett, of Duke Energy. "They've been rebuilding the lines and now they're working their way down into the neighborhoods to restore power."

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But it could take days since there's so much damage. About 4,400 Duke employees from 11 states are putting in 16-hour days to get the lights back on. "We're not going to stop, we're not going to slow down until everybody's lights are back on and they can get their lives back to normal," said Corbett.

That's welcome news to Molly who's learned an important lesson through all this: don't take anything for granted. "Just think of what you have. Some people don't even have food to eat."

Duke Energy reps say the further back into a neighborhood you live, the longer it will take to get your power restored.


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