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Power Problems Plague Bucks County

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NEW HOPE, Pa. (CBS) – A spokesperson with the Pennsylvania Electric Company says Bucks County suffered the most power outages due to hurricane Irene. Officials say 70,000 customers are without power. PECO hopes to restore electricity to 90% of Bucks County residents, by Wednesday.

Chris and Amy Birkenstamm of Yardley are doing their best to deal with the aftermath. The couple has five children between the ages of 5 months and 6-year’s old. “I don’t think we were fully prepared to be without power so long,” said Chris Birkenstamm.

In Upper Makefield Township trees withstood the strong rain and heavy rain at Carl Vivaldi’s home. He didn’t expect to have the day off but the high school, where he’s a teacher, lost power over the weekend. “I don’t want to make up a snow day in August,” said Vivaldi.

As crews work to fix downed power lines, lines at the McDonald’s in New Hope, are growing. That’s because a number of people who are without power are now taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi. “In the meantime you should come to McDonald’s, have a hamburger, and do some work,” said Rob Tuffner of New Hope.

For more information regarding power outages in Bucks County call: 1-800-841-4141.

Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3

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