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Coping With Power Outages Is A Costly Endeavor For Many


UPDATED: Tuesday July 3, 2012 8:11 AM

The cost of coping with widespread power outages is taking a toll on victims' wallets.

For Sarah Fusonie, the last few days have been so unexpected, that she cannot wait for the one thing she is expecting--her newborn. Instead of taking her baby home, she will be returning to a hotel room.

"(Its) not exactly what we were planning on doing but we've got to make the best of it," Fusonie said.

Hotels and restaurants are filling up, as are expenses, as residents look for reprieve from the uncomfortable heat.

"You just tell yourself, 'We'll figure it out. We'll figure it out down the road,'" Fusonie said. "We'll figure it out, how it's going to all work out."

TJ Dunn and Emily Lyons forked up extra cash to run a generator.

"Just yesterday I paid $125 for gas for last night," Lyons said. "Today we've had to go out to eat every night. My dogs, I'm trying to keep them cool with fans and things like that."

The Department of Insurance said that power outage victims should call their insurance agents to see if temporary housing is covered.

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