Power outages leave families scrambling right before the holidays

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) - The weekend's storm still has many people in the dark and many families are trying to figure out a way to save their holidays with just hours left to go before dinners need to be cooked and presents wrapped.

"It's been really cold," said Angela Harrsion.

It's a cool 61 degrees in the Harrison house despite their efforts to make it warmer with things like a fireplace. 

"It heats about you know three or four foot out," said Harrison.  Two pillows and a blanket nearby show you were her teenage daughter has made a temporary bed.

A small generator powers up the TV, fridge and a small heater in the living room.

"We're not really sure what we'll do if we don't get the power back," said Harrison.

That's because she's supposed to be cooking Christmas dinner for 25 people.

"I told my kids it might be ham roll ups, crab dip and fresh veggies and ranch dressing for Christmas dinner," said Harrison.

The same story can be seen all around their White Lake neighborhood because it's not holiday music, but generators, that fill the air.

A generator provided by Comcast keeps everyone's cable running, and the generator at the Johnson house does a pretty good job of powering up the majority of the place.

"We've had pretty good luck with the generator and we have it wired into the home.  So it's just about filing up with gas twice a day and it's kind of an inconvenience and expensive after a while too," said Scott Johnson.

When the generator is on, Scott's kids know, it can be a constant game of off and on with things around the home.

"We are extra careful on turning off lights and sometimes we can't power certain things  like the Christmas tree when we have the dishwasher on," said son Nate Johnson.

Crews are working all night to turn the lights back on, but depending on where you live, it might not be home, but a hotel room for the holidays.

To find out when your power will be restored, visit the DTE website at: http://www.dteenergy.com

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