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Thousands still without power in Susquehanna County

County officials are providing resources to keep residents safe and warm while crews restore power.

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, Pa. — Emergency management officials are providing help for folks without power in Susquehanna County.

  • From Susquehanna County for 20 April 2022: A warming/charging center will be open from noon - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the new Public Safety Building in New Milford. Shower facilities are available. You must bring your own toiletries and towels.
  • The Susquehanna Borough building will be open as a warming/charging center from 4-10 p.m. Wednesday.
  • The Gibson Township building will be open from 3-7 p.m. as a warming/charging center. They will also have water available, but you must bring your own containers.
  • The Red Cross will be opening an overnight shelter Wednesday at the Thompson Hose Company on Water Street in Thompson. The shelter will open at 7 p.m.

Check for more resources on the Susquehanna County Fire/EMS Alerts Facebook page.

Trees and power lines are down all around town in Hop Bottom. It's one of the many communities in Susquehanna County without power, and residents are baffled that the outage is so widespread.

"I've lived here 54-plus years, and I've never seen it like this. Maybe a few hours tops, not days," Bob Decker said.

The Hop Bottom Hose Company had its generator going to allow people to come in, warm up, and charge their devices.

Ruth Batzel was doing just that and says she has a well and no power, which means no running water.

"We've been melting snow to flush our toilets. We have a gas stove so we can cook on top of that, and thank God for the fire hall opening so we can come down and charge our phones and my Kindle, and we're staying warm."

Even though most of the homes and businesses here don't have power, one business decided it was very important to stay open.

Black's Country Store was closed on Tuesday but reopened Wednesday for customers to grab any necessities they needed. Store owner Barbara Corey says she wanted to help her community.

"They say it could stay out a couple more days in this area. I think as long as we have the generator and we're selling down, people coming for milk and stuff."

Because of the power outage, there's no school for students in the Mountain View School District.

For the most up-to-date information on the outage, check out these outage maps:

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