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Woman struggles without power in Keller Park

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SOUTH BEND - Keller Park in South Bend was one of the worst hit areas by Monday night's storm. Most of the folks on Byran and Sherman are still in the dark. 77-year old Barb King says the nights are long and restless.

"When it gets dark at night," said King. "And then you've got the whole night til morning. And that, that's pretty lonely."

On Wednesday afternoon, it was more than 10 degrees warmer in her living room than it was outdoors. That's because more than 48 hours later she's still without power. Her electric stove and microwave remained untouched. She's been living off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

"If I look up I might even have a can of chili, but I don't have a way to cook it!" said King.

She normally depends on her freezer for frozen dinners and storing her meats. Now all of that will have to  be tossed. And replacing it will be difficult. She relies on Social Security checks for paying for food and her bills, but she's down to her last $40 and her next check isn't until July 9.

"If nothing else I can eat peanuts, but I bought those for the squirrels," said King.

And it's not just her appetite that's in jeopardy with the lights out. She depends on her life alert necklace to call for help in case she falls. Now that's out of power too.

"I just hope I won't fall..." said King.

She normally organizes her prescriptions at night before going to bed, but now she has to remember to sort out her pills before the sun goes down. As of early Wednesday, Keller Park neighbors expect to get power back in three days.

"I just have to pray that it will be before Saturday. That's a long time."

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