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Sandy causes problems for senior living residents

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 01 2012 07:02:03 PM CDT
EASTON, Pa. -

Some Easton residents say it's warmer outside than it is in their own apartments. They're residents of the city's two senior high-rises, and they haven't had power since Monday.
Easton Mayor Sal Panto said he's asked Met-Ed to make the senior homes a priority.
Currently crews are working on a pole here on Washington Street a block away, hopefully when the pole is fixed the power will be restored.

Annie Jones, a resident of Harlan House in Easton, has been without power since Monday.

"That's ridiculous, that's really really ridiculous. I'm just disgusted," Jones said.
Each day she has been joining other residents in the lobby because body heat is better than being alone in her apartment.
"Right now my apartment is so cold I can't stay up there. I had to come down here because it's warmer down here than it is in my apartment," Jones said
Mayor Sal Panto said Met-Ed crews have determined that a snapped pole on Washington Street is the problem.
Panto said he's been asking for the pole to be fixed since Monday
"We have a five o'clock conference call with them everyday. Everyday I tell them their our priority," Panto said.

People living at Harlan house hope that the power is back soon because some of the residents are out of oxygen and others want to be able to just put food in the refrigerator.
Harlan House resident Sandra Boehmer said, "Everybody has lost all their food. I mean there is nothing left. Some people has lost a little food, some people have lost a lot of food. They don't feel like anybody is doing anything for them."
Now the city has set up day shelters that residents can go to the eat and get warm.
 Many say they are not able to walk across the street to the shelter.