Many residents pushed through to enjoy their Fourth of July holiday despite being left in the dark by widespread power outages.
Jackie Siekmann said that she had a generator to power her refrigerator, fan and stereo. On the evening of Fourth of July, it was all she needed.
"We planned this party a while back and we had like 35 friends RSVP," Siekmann said."The power went out and we kind of went back and forth, and we said, 'You know what? We're just going to go ahead and keep with it anyhow.'"
The Siekmanns put food on the grill and looked to neighbors for help.
"We asked everyone who could to bring a bag of ice," Siekmann said.
Siekmann beckoned people to her yard with signs advertising a "back to basics" party.
"Even though we're in the dark, we feel fortunate," Siekmann said. "So we're going to celebrate that today."
Siekmann lost power when several power poles toppled along Hamilton Road. AEP officials said that hers could be one of the last to have power fully restored.
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