Power finally restored for some Raleigh residents

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April 17, 2011 9:00:00 PM PDT
Power outages have been a nuisance for many people, but for children and senior citizens, it poses a serious safety threat.

Residents who remained in the dark Monday, spoke out and pleaded for more help. Hours later, their pleas were answered when power was restored.

Residents of Carousel Place Senior Living had been without power since Saturday.

"It seems like they could concentrate on the areas where there are senior citizens," resident Jerry Austin said. "It would help them out a lot."

The problem was those who were helping victims were overwhelmed.

Carousel Place is an affordable living community managed by the Raleigh Housing Authority. RHA has had to check 5,700 units in 240 locations since the tornado.

"Unfortunately, we had one property that took a really bad hit and that's where we've been focusing our resources," said Steve Beam, RHA. "We've been in touch with Progress [Energy] about expediting, like us they have a lot of priorities and unfortunately safety issues have to come before comfort issues."

But for some, that wasn't good enough.

"We're the last ones in Raleigh to get our lights turned on," resident Jamie Smith said. "It's been two days and our lights are still out."

Smith and her family were without power in the Raleigh North community since the tornado. They were without light, hot water and worst of all, they had very little food.

Monday the Salvation Army of Greensboro arrived to help.

"It just wasn't served, for what we're hearing so to have some meals they're very appreciative," said Major Paul Egan, Salvation Army.

But organizations like the Salvation Army can't be everywhere.

For some seniors at Carousel Place, who don't have family to turn to, it has been tough.

They don't have the option to leave and had to get rid of their food because there's no power. Many residents have left to stay with family, including some who weren't able to charge their electric wheel chairs.

Like many community that remain in the dark, Raleigh Police have been patrolling the Carousel Place neighborhood.

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