Reporting Lauren Leamanczyk
NASHUA, N.H. (CBS) – It could be Friday before many New Hampshire customers have their power restored. PSNH released estimated times for 95 percent and 99 percent power restoration for each community.
Communities like Nashua, Hollis, Amherst and Litchfield could be waiting the longest.
Pearl Stewart Ryan of Litchfield has been without power since Saturday night, leaving her with no way to access her well. The lack of water may be the biggest inconvenience as her family enters their fourth night without power. They had a tree fall on their car. A small generator provides some heat but not much else.
“We’re lucky to have what we have. I just hope the generator doesn’t go out,” she said. She didn’t like the idea of waiting until Friday for electricity.
PSNH insists they were prepared, but because the storm affected so many areas on the East Coast, no one was available to help and that slowed the response.
Help is now arriving from out of state. Trucks from as far away as Illinois staged in the Sam’s Club parking lot in Hudson. By Wednesday there should be 47 crews just to respond to the area around Nashua, Hudson and Derry.
“In the next couple of days as more crews become available to us we will start to see things happening rapidly,” said Felicia Giordano of PSNH.