Planned power outage has families preparing for life in the dark

Residents are frustrated with the planned power outage on Bayshore Drive
Residents are frustrated with the planned power outage on Bayshore Drive(WECT)
Published: Apr. 30, 2019 at 8:48 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2019 at 8:49 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Duke Energy plans to cut power Tuesday night at Market Street and Bayshore Drive for seven hours into early Wednesday morning. This outage is expected to impact around 640 residents.

Duke Energy plans power outage for Bayshore Drive and Market Street.
Duke Energy plans power outage for Bayshore Drive and Market Street.(Jeff Brookes)

Bayshore Drive resident Laura Allen said she was upset when she saw Duke Energy’s notice of the outage.

“It’s starting to get warm outside so I was just worried about being able to sleep at night with no AC running, and I have kids so I know that would be uncomfortable too,” said Allen. “I have a little 8-month-old infant also so the comfortable issue with sleeping at night."

The outage is planned for 9 p.m. Tuesday until 4 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a spokeswoman for the NC Department of Transportation, distribution power lines will be relocated to allow for the upcoming construction of the intersection at Bayshore Drive and Market Street, as well as to accommodate widening and drainage improvements associated with the Market Street project.

Allen was also concerned that the food in her refrigerator would go bad.

While refrigerated food was a big concern for some neighbors, it wasn’t for others.

Elizabeth Sites, another resident who will be affected by the outage, said it’s not the food she’s worried about.

“We’ve been on the road and when we came back we had the notice that the power was going to be cut off so just in case anything crazy happens, we haven’t stocked the fridge," Sites said. “I am frantically trying to do laundry to get the house somewhat back to normal.”

Bayshore Estates resident Merrill O’Brian said the outage would affect him only because he won’t be able to watch the Boston Celtics NBA playoff game at home.

“The first thing we thought of is the fact that we couldn’t watch the basketball playoffs so we have to go to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the game tonight,” said O’Brian.

Many other neighbors said they are going to open some windows and try to sleep through it.

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