Barlow Drive in Greece…waiting for the lights

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Since around seven last night, parts of Barlow Drive in Greece have been without power, and residents are bundled up waiting for the heat and lights to come on.

Brandon Baker says “Usually when we lose it, it’s a few days.” Baker has one theory on that. “We’re connected here (on a grid) to Buffalo so, any kind of disturbance from here to Buffalo could interfere with the power.”

Susan Kusz, a resident of the road, says during the ice storm of 1991, they went 14 days without power. “I mean there’s power on (the neighboring road), there’s power on the expressway. And there’s this little nothing street.”

Power outage aside, she is satisfied with one thing: the amount of early warning she got from the county and local weather about the storm to prepare. Kusz says, “Oh yeah we’ve got plenty of food, bread, milk, water.”

And for Baker, he was able to get enough gas in his generator to keep his hot tub running. A high priority.  “Yeah we have it hooked up to the furnace and the hot tub because we just filled it up last night, not knowing the power was going to go out, so if it freezes over the hot tub is kind of done for.”

Kusz is ready for the “long haul”. At least through this evening. “I think if it continues and we don’t get power back, we’ll go someplace for the night.”

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