Over 1000 people without power in Wake County

Posted October 12, 2016

— As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, about 1,200 people remained without power in Wake County.

Lisa Burnett, of Raleigh, was without power in her home for five days. After her basement flooded, a generator supplied enough power to pump out the water that was pouring in.

"We pumped out about 600 gallons of water. I've never seen so much water," she said. "You put everything up off the floor as high as you can get it and then all you can do is sit back and say 'Oh my God, I can't believe this.'"

A tree took down the family's power during the height of the storm. Burnett said she is thankful the generator worked.

"It was so much pressure that came started seeping out. I stayed for two days pumping nothing but water out," she said.

Now, her basement is dry, but damaged by mildew. Cleanup bills are also starting to pile up, but Burnett is smiling.

"The one thing that makes you happy is when you come down in the morning and you see water over here but it's like sunshine - all dry over here. Then, you know you've won," she said.

Crews said they hope to have all the power in Wake County restored by the weekend.

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  • Lynn Johnson Oct 13, 2016
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    I'm happy this lady had a generator for her sump pump. I think everyone with a basement needs one--you may not need it often, but keeping the water pumped out of your basement will keep you from having big repair bills.