Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The sounds of generators fill south Wichita, three days after an EF-3 tornado ripped through the area.
Thanks to the portable power, street lights are temporarily up and running, and residents like Calvin Blackwood are able to get their lives somewhat back to normal.
"My cousin brought over a generator. I helped charge the neighbors' cell phones yesterday on it. We're doing the best we can. We got a little bit of power today, finally," said Blackwood.
Unfortunately, that little power is not enough for Blackwood's wife to run her business.
"My wife does home daycare, and she can't do the daycare, so we're losing that income this week," said Blackwood.
About five houses away from the Blackwood's, Paco Tuhro's family lost half their home. Tuhro says being without power makes it difficult for his family to try to get all their belongings out.
"Once it gets dark, it gets real dark. So, it kind of gives you a time frame, and they're trying to get the power back on, and they're trying to clean up, so you try to hurry, so they can do their job. It's a little frustrating," said Tuhro.
Many residents admit the storm has reminded them how much they take electricity and having a safe home for granted.
"You can't take a nice warm shower, or anything like that. It's nerve-wracking," said Barbara Crawford.
"It could have been worse. The house could have caved in and we'd have nothing at all."
Westar hopes to have power completely restored in Sedgwick County by Thursday.