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Power restored to Rochester homes

Rochester, N.Y. Even though there was snow falling, Tuesday was not the kind of Christmas Eve morning many Rochester residents envisioned waking up to.

Woke up with no RG&E. Its cold, had to get my baby out of there, said Ben Goings.

So Ben took his 4-month-old son to a family members house about a block away to find that they also were without power and heat.

I have a two-year-old son and we are in here freezing. We have coats, blankets, said Joshua Leslie.

Leslie had to sit in the car sometimes to warm up. They also operate a day care, but were shut down for the day because of the cold.

We cant operate because it has to be at least 75 degrees for the kids to come here, Leslie said.

The Henrys are hosting relatives from South Carolina, who may be thrilled about the snow, but not the cold.

We were all around the heaters a month ago trying to stay warm, said Dorothy Henry.

Heaters powered by the generator they had dug up from the basement were centerpieces for the family.

The lack of heat and electricity are a slight set back when preparing for the holiday festivities, but they say that they will manage.

Were cooking and more gifts to wrap, so were just trying to work through the cold, said Henry. We normally trust God for whatever needs to be done, well get through it.

All power for the 1,140 homes was restored by noon. RG&E said that they plan to schedule an outage in the area of the problem underground wire, in order to make permanent repairs.

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Washington Times