Frederick County power outages improving

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LEWISTOWN, Md. (WJLA) { }-{ } There are still thousands of people without power in Maryland after Wednesday’s ice storm. Most of the outages are in Frederick County, where more than 15,000 people are still without heat or lights.

The steady{ }hum of generators can be heard{ }throughout{ }the county.{ }One powers the Zimmerman’s house in Lewistown where they have been without power since noon Wednesday.

“I heated up some soup on the wood stove last night,” says Barbara. “I have three quilts on the bed, nice quilts that I made so the bed stays nice and warm.”

“We don’t have power, we don’t have water, so I went over to my son’s this morning to get water so we can flush the commodes,” says Emory.

Down the street, Ginnette Matthews and her sons have been living in the two rooms in the house where a generator is supplying power for heat. They’re anxious to get electricity back.

“We’re ready. We have no cable, Internet, phone, power, upstairs lights, this is our only lamp here, so we’re done!” says Matthews.

At the peak of the outages, Frederick County had 35,000 customers without power, but there are now signs of improvement.

“We’re down below 18,000 now,” says Jack Markeym, director of Emergency Management. “We’re not happy until the number is zero, but we’ve been making good progress since the storm came through.”

Frank Joy’s Clover Hill neighborhood is still without power. The 81-year-old spent Thursday cleaning up two downed trees on his property.

“You can see we had a couple inches of ice on everything and we just had a snow of five inches,” he says. “The ice was too heavy for it. They’re down all over the place.”