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Families Anxiously Wait For Power To Turn Back On

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LANSING, Mich. (WNLS) - In a modern day culture, it's hard to imagine living in the dark and cold for days on end. But for many families, in Lansing, that's exactly what they've faced.

Rachel Rochfert's home in Lansing has been without power for going on 10 days. She said wanted to help the Board of Water and Light see she was still out by spray painting a sign in the snow.

"It says 'downed wires' with an arrow, because I thought possibly this would help them find it," Rochfert said.

Most of her neighbors power has all been restored. "It's really emotionally tolling, more than I thought it would be," she said.

Rochfert does have a generator, but says she still feels like she's camping in her own home.

"If we would have known up front it was going to be so long, we would have made other arrangements. Five days is one thing, thinking it's going to be two weeks is another," said Rochefort.

Hundreds of other people are also living in the dark, relying on generators if they have them. Lynn Holloway and Karl Sellmeyer have no choice but to rely on theirs, but Sellmeyer says it's beginning to take a financial toll.

"The gas fee's come up, so you take all your Christmas cash and there it goes in the gas for the generator. So what do you do? Now the new year's here and im broke," said Karl sellmeyer.

Sellmeyer says he's heard power is supposed to be back by Tuesday night, but says "I'll believe it when i see it. Been hearing it from them the last three days now. I don't believe them."

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