By Todd Quinones
RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) - Several traffic signals are still out, setting up a potentially dangerous situation. Drivers should approach those intersections like four way stop signs, but many are instead just blowing right through the intersection.
It’s just one example of why people can’t wait to get the power back.
Entire neighborhoods are in the dark with the echoing sounds of generators churning.
Sandy’s powerful winds tore down utility poles throughout the area, leaving thousands in the dark since Monday night.
Crews are working round the clock, but some residents say they may not get power back until Monday.
Thai Nguyn says he got lucky and bought the second to last generator available at his local Lowes.
“After getting the actual generator it was a huge problem getting the gas,” he said.
This Richland Township Wawa is now up and running thanks to a generator fulfilling a big need for gas.
“The only gas around was up at the Giant up in town and the line was 30 cars long,” Bucks County resident Wayne Gannoiti said.
Power problems have hit struggling families hard.
That’s why the Quakertown food pantry decided to open up Thursday night for the first time since the storm hit. They are in need of supplies, but volunteers
wanted to do what they could to help
The schools in this area are still closed leaving a lot of kids in need.
“We feed a lot of families with children and children normally get school lunches and so they’re not getting those this week. It’s an extra stress on those families,” Quakertown food Pantry President Bob Fisher said.
The Quakertown Food Pantry serves about 2,000 people a month.
People who run it say they could use volunteers or any donations people can spare. Their phone number is (215)536-0240.