It's especially tough to be one of the last to get power back following a major outage – and knowing you're in that predicament. It's like being ignored by the wait staff in a restaurant, or having your family forget your birthday.
That was the situation confronting residents living along Snow Road near I-95 in the Edgewood area Friday afternoon, as they coped with their sixth day without electricity, thinking they had been forgotten by BGE.
The 15 homes on the street, which runs between Edgewood Road and Van Bibber Road, had gone without power from Sunday though Friday at that point. They were among the last of the estimated 65,000 BGE customers who lost power at one point during Superstorm Sandy who hadn't been reconnected.
The problem, according to one Snow Road resident, may have been related to a very old and very large cedar tree that had a limb hanging over the power line feeding the street.
The tree frequently fouls power lines during storms, said Irene Carroll, who lives at 2205 Snow Road.
"We've got one young man across the street, but most of us are retired and have been here for years," she explained before the BGE tree crew finally showed up. "One lady had to go to her daughter's house. I've fried hamburgers in the fireplace."
The Carrolls have two freezers full of food they grow in their garden: butter beans, string beans and such.
"My son brought his generator over, so we've been able to keep the freezers and refrigerator on the generator," Carroll said. "Other than that, it's been like camping out unprepared."
She said they could run the furnace with the generator for a little while, but "you can't run [the generator] all the time."
"In the evening when we can't keep an eye on the fireplace, we run the furnace for a little bit," Carroll continued. "We also have a 56-year-old pecan tree in the back down on our shed, but it doesn't affect the electricity."