Working holiday for those without power


South Bend, Ind. For most, the fourth of July is a day to relax, celebrate, socialize, even party, but for people in South Bend's Wooded Estates Neighborhood, it's a work day.

You could hear chainsaws and other machines working like crazy, as folks cleaned up fallen branches. Some are using generator power just to keep their food cold, others have moved to hotels.

Neighbors say this has happened before and it will happen again. They say this is the price you pay for living in a beautiful neighborhood with all of these trees.

Some say their celebrations will depend on how much work they get done Friday, others say they are going to see the fireworks as planned.

Now, the storm obviously changed plans for people who don't have power, but even some who do have electricity can't take part in celebrations this 4th of July.

“We are doing 16 hours days. Seven in the morning until 11 at night, eight hours rest and then back in at seven, again,” explains AEP Indiana Michigan Power Lineman Trent Teshka.

Meaning he too won't spend the holiday with his wife and two little boys.

“He’s old enough to know, he’s old enough to know now. He has been through the routine. I go out of town and he knows daddy is not coming home for a while, he doesn’t like it, a lot of questions, makes it a little easier with technology. I can FaceTime, I can see him, I can see his face because when I leave in the morning he is sleeping when I come home he is sleeping and I haven't seen my boys in five days,” Teshka continues. “When you have your family at home wishing you were there, it doesn't make it easy.”

Hundreds of utility crews have come from around the county to help. Luckily, their hard work is almost done as we see those outage numbers continue to fall.


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