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Woman Says Day 12 Of Power Outage Taking Emotional Toll

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - 12 days after an ice storm hit and knocked out power to 660,000 Michigan residents, some people are still waiting for their power to be turned back on.

Gloria Sevenski looks on as Board of Water and Light crews repair power lines on her street, hoping after days, her home will be next.



"We stayed three days with my mom," said Sevenski. "My kids have been with other family members. My son's at a friends house. Just kind of shuffling everybody around."


Sevenski says between filling up gas in a borrowed generator and eating out every night, money's getting tight. She's even reached out to friends and family on Facebook for help.

"There's no way we could afford a generator right now because I've spent three Christmas bonuses paying for gas and food. I thought we were paycheck to paycheck, but I've never had to live day by day," she said, adding it's beginning to take an emotional toll.


Retired MSU psychology professor, Gary Stollak, says it's common for those is Sevenski's position to feel a significant amount of stress. He says for most, it'll be short lived and many will likely deal with it through anger.


"Anger at government for not doing the job, whether it's Board of Water and Light, Consumers Energy. In a funny way, anger's one of the best means of coping," said Stollak.

The Board of Water and Light says they've restored power to all of their circuits. Only a few individual homes whose connection to power lines has been cut remain in the dark.


Anyone wishing to help Gloria Sevenski, you should contact her employer:


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