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Residents still without power on Christmas Day

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(12/25/13) - As of Wednesday morning, restoration numbers have improved.

There are now about 129,000 customers without power. About 44,000 customers in Genesee county are still in the dark.

Shiawassee County has about 19,000.

While things are looking up for some people, there are still many in the dark this Christmas.

"No heat, no light, no nothing. I keep flipping switches thinking, 'oh well.' You don't think about what you don't have until you don't have it," said Jackie Shoop, of Flint.

It doesn't feel like Christmas for the family who has been without power since Monday.

"Oh it's terrible, I can't believe it's so cold, it just isn't letting up at all," Shoop said.

The Shoops were relying on a generator until it stopped working around 4 on Christmas morning.

"My husband and I are in bed trying to cover up. My husband's disabled so I'm trying to keep him warm because he gets cold really easy, so we've just been in the bed covered up trying to stay warm with our clothes on. What else can you do," Shoop said.

They're not the only family on Pengelly Road without electricity. Just about everyone on this road has one Christmas wish - power.

They were told they probably won't have it until Saturday.

"It's very rough because it's Christmas and we were going to have a party for Christmas Eve and we had to change our plans because we didn't have our generator from downstairs up and gas. Trying to get kerosene for our kerosene heater to stay warm, it's just very hard," said Melissa Rose of Flint.

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