Power outages in Montgomery County stretch into second week

Downed trees, power poles and lines continue to litter some areas of the D.C. area. Photo: Jay Korff

On the cusp of going without power or air conditioning for a full week after last Friday's derecho, some people in the D.C. area are being told that it could still be 72 more hours before the lights come back on.

Thousands of customers of Dominion Virginia, Pepco and BGE are still in the dark six days later, and many of those are concentrated in Montgomery County. You can get updated outage numbers here.

For Tony Gray and his family in Montgomery Village, the drapes stay down, cold drinks still come from a cooler and sleeping is done as a family in the living room.

"They need to get on it and fix it," he said. "We need to wash clothes. We need to have food here. We can't keep eating out. It's frustrating."

Diane Deel, a 64-year-old Silver Spring resident who is recovering from surgery, can barely manage without electricity, let alone for an entire week. It's so hot inside her home that she has to sit outside, where the temperature and heat indices continue to reach the triple digits.

The most frustrating part for her is that the majority of her neighborhood, except for her and another family, has their power back.

"We just wish Pepco would tell us the truth and come cut our power back on," Deel said.

In Alexandria, though, there was one sign of success. After losing power during the storm, the brewers at the Port City Brewery faced the reality of having to dump thousands of gallons of beer.

Luckily for them, and fans of their brew, they were able to save the suds.