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Burton seniors living without power, maybe until Saturday

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(12/22/13) - Many families could spend the holiday in the dark. It could be days before the lights come back on after a winter storm pounded Mid-Michigan.

Crews are working around the clock to restore power to nearly 250,000 customers statewide.

Genesee County has more than 57,000 customers without power, making it the hardest hit county in the state.

Many of those people are sick and elderly, and they need electricity to survive.

One noisy generator only gives off enough power to light the hallways and one room in the Burton Place senior home on South Center Road.

One resident, Shirley Gammons, told us she is "cold and lonesome and you can't do anything, you're in the dark all the time."

In fact, it's down right dangerous for some residents.

Phyllis Smith tells us she's afraid to go to bed, Sunday night. Without a special machine, she stops breathing in her sleep.

"My doctor tells me if I don't sleep with it, I could die in my sleep, and I need electricity for this," she said.

Consumers Energy says they might not have power until Saturday, and many of these seniors need electricity for their oxygen machines.

"It gets kind of panicky when your oxygen gets low and you've got nothing else to back up to," Gammons said.

Brenda Blevins lives at Burton Place with her mother.

She's been trying to feed everyone while they sit and wait in the dark, hoping for light by Christmas.

"We all want to enjoy the holidays just like everybody else and what chance are we going to have with this?" said resident Sheryl Conklin.

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