By: Erika Stanish / KDKA-TV
WASHINGTON COUNTY (KDKA) – Fallen trees, broken branches and a buildup of snow and ice on power lines due to severe winter weather this week has left thousands without power.
Several families in McDonald’s, Washington County told KDKA they were without power on Thursday and were stuck indoors because power lines were down in their driveways.
Danielle Kasimirsky said: “We woke up and the temperature in the house was 42 degrees.
She said the power line had been hanging in their driveway for days, leaving her and her husband with no way out.
Kasimirsky said they called West Penn Power, 911, and police in hopes of getting help.
“All we want is someone to tell us it’s safe for you to drive through these roads, they’re dead and then we can leave our homes or if someone can cut these lines or something so these families can get out. We are all stuck,” said Kasimirsky.
“We did what everyone else did. We have reported line problems and power outages,” said Kasimirky
“And what happened after that?” a KDKA reporter asked.
“No. Absolutely nothing,” said Kasimirsky.
Pam Staley said she lives next door and can’t get out of the driveway either.
She said they relied on their fireplace to keep warm until Saturday when they received a small generator.
“I’m very frustrated because I mean, as you can tell we’re not the youngest, and being in a house at 42 degrees is no fun at all. It’s not fine. You know?” said Kasimirsky.
George Kasimirsky, Danielle’s husband, said: “It’s not healthy.
Kasimirsky’s said while it understands line workers are busy, they just want to remove power lines from their driveways so they can get to and from their homes freely.
“We just want to go into our house. Get our car and you can know it’s still up and running,” said Kasimirsky. “We also want to be warm.”
West Penn Power reported Saturday afternoon that it expects most service to be restored by 11 p.m. Sunday.
If you don’t have electricity due to a winter storm #Landon and did not report your outage, please do so! Don’t rely on your neighbors to report it. Customer’s power failure report helps crews locate damage + restore power faster. The more information we have, the better! pic.twitter.com/YuxvLMP1xe
– West Penn Power (@W_Penn_Power) February 6, 2022
If you are without power and have not reported an outage, visit firstenergycorp.com/outages or call 888-544-4877.
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