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South Bend neighborhood grateful for power

SOUTH BEND -  Indiana Michigan Power reports power has been restored to 99 percent of its customers in Indiana and Michigan. All customers in Indiana who lost service as a result of this week's damaging storms are back online. I&M says only 600 customers in Michigan are still without power. It's expected to be restored by midnight.

 One neighborhood near Riverside Drive in South Bend is grateful for the power to be back on,

"It's like you need that light, know what I'm saying, God said let there be light and the lights came back on so that's something to be grateful for," says Marvell Robinson.

This week's storm caused a big mess and left residents on Roosevelt Street without power for days. One neighbor, Daniel Hooker, says he was pleasantly surprised by the quick turn-around,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "It usually seems we're one of the last people who get it," says Hooker.

While the neighborhood's really glad the power's back on they say their number one concern while it was out was neighborhood safety,

"When the power was out it was pretty dark down here and we've had some trouble with the houses getting broke into in this neighborhood," Hooker adds.

Hooker's on the neighborhood watch team. Residents say everyone keeps an eye out for their neighbors and keeping kids out of trouble is a big part of that effort,
"There's lots of kids down here you know what I mean we try to keep them out of trouble... do sports with them and stuff," says Hooker who has a daughter that roller skates.

One community member, Michael Mitchell, points out that kids and their folks need things to do when the power's out,

"You had to find somewhere to go or somewhere to be," says Mitchell.

He added that in times of struggle, it would help if there were programs that got kids involved with neighborhood clean-up, especially for low income communities,

"We need to make some positive form... more active, more everything, just get them together to go help clean the neighborhoods," he says.
Now that things are back to normal, Hooker doesn't see the neighborhood turning its back on its members,

"This is a pretty tight knit community. We all go to a local church down here and try to help each other out the best we can."

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