(12/30/13) - A handful of families in Mid-Michigan woke up again Monday morning without power.
For some, it was their ninth day in the dark.
The humming noise from a generator is an all too familiar sound for Ricky Ellis, so utility workers in his front yard were a sight for sore eyes on Monday morning.
"I took them candy. The first thing I saw, here's some fudge, it's all I have left over from Christmas. I was really happy to see them pull up. That was my Christmas present," he said.
His holiday spirit is pretty strong. Monday was Ellis's eighth straight day waking up in the dark. He was one of the thousands who lost power after last weekends ice storm.
"It's out of my routine. My back door is open because that's where we have to run the cord. I can't lock the door, I have no security here day or night, that's probably the hardest is security," he said.
Ellis was one of the last Consumers customers to go back on the grid.
A downed wire in his front yard left him powerless and made an existing problem even worse. The Burton resident struggles with CLPD.
"It's been a struggle, getting gas and filling the generator. My front door was blocked with the wire and I couldn't use my front door so I've had to walk around the house for the last week, carrying the can. It was little rough," he said.
We were there when utility workers from the Upper Peninsula restored power to Ellis' home.
Now it's back to normal for him and hopefully soon too for crews who have been working around the clock.
"I'm just glad I got power back, it's great," he said.
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