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Power outages plague East Coast in Sandy's wake

10:39 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC -- With power down all along the East Coast, crews are working nonstop to get power back to residents.   

And for some people, getting it back online ASAP is a necessity.

"There's my box. I usually plug in right here. At night, I plug right there. Everything, as you can see, is plugged directly in to the wall," said Maryland resident Paul Spann.
Electricity isn't a luxury for Spann. He needs it to power his wheelchair and his bed.

His battery has lasted the past 12 hours with the power down, but he's running low.

"If I go through today and I don't have it by tonight, I'm going to be in a pickle. So all joking aside, we need electricity ASAP," he said.

With the power down, Spann laid low and waited for Pepco to come fix it.  

"I have never been so excited to see white trucks roll up in this neighborhood," he said.

Spann greeted the three-man team in his front yard when they showed up, including crew chief Wykene Nelson.
"We're on call 24/7, 365," said Nelson.

Nelson has worked at Pepco for 26 years and appreciates that people want their power back on for all different reasons.
"I want to see the game tonight," said Spann.
His crew works 16-hour days until power is restored to their entire service area.

While Sandy didn't hit as hard as past storms, he knew it would mean a few long days getting everyone back online.

"I looked out the window and just shook my head, had the phone in my hand waiting," said Nelson.
And as soon as the power's back on at the Spann's house, it's on to the next one.

"People feel so out of place and inconvenienced with their power being off, and getting them back on, it's like helping them out so much, and they really appreciate it. We get a lot of thank yous," said Nelson.

"No, thank YOU," said Spann.

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