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North Raleigh residents in the dark for Christmas after blackout

Posted December 24, 2015

— Residents at a north Raleigh apartment complex will be spending their holiday in the dark after a blackout struck this week and they were told power would not be restored until Monday.

Residents in building 4133 of the Bridgeport Apartments on Lake Lynn Drive said power began going off and on last week before a total blackout happened.

"First the heat went out, then the stove, and the microwave stopped working," said resident Lewis Glaspie.

Some residents stayed in their homes through colder temperatures earlier this week, while others went to local hotels or stayed with friends and family.

"It was freezing. I just stayed in bed. It was too cold to do anything else," said resident Evelyn McKinnon.

"I wasn't able to keep my son with me, so I had to go to family and friends to get them to help and then also, I work from hom so I was unable to work from home," said Glaspie.

McKinnon said the timing of the blackout is frustrating for residents who had holiday plans.

“The past few days, it’s been total blackout. I was planning to cook,” she said.

Residents said that, for the most part, Bridgeport management has been sympathetic and responsive and offered to pay for hotels if needed.

"They've been very helpful to me. They even gave me a hug," said McKinnon.

Management declined to comment about what caused the power outage. Neighbors said a part was ordered that didn't work and now the holiday is delaying the repairs.

Many residents were taking the power outage in stride. They said they plan to spend Christmas with family and friends.

"It's frustrating but you just cope," said McKinnon.


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  • debthorne420 Dec 25, 2015


  • Rebecca Dawson Dec 24, 2015
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    Please proofread articles closely. One resident works from "hom?" Editing is important.

  • Steve Faulkner Dec 24, 2015
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    Who told them it wouldn't be restored until Monday? Duke Power or the apartment complex?

  • waziegler Dec 24, 2015

    What is weird is that it's right under main power lines. I used to live in the Apartment complex next over and even during the worst storms we never lost power or it would be restored much more quickly than say at my parents house. I remember one ice storm where my parents were without power for a week and we had it back on in less than 24 hours.

  • Betsey Duggins Dec 24, 2015
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    Not only should they pay for hotel rooms, they should comp the residents for their rent. What in the world could cause this failure in electrical service? Certainly not a good sign since if it was the responsibility of the city, Duke, etc., this would have already been fixed.