Trenton residents: No power for hours

July 18, 2008 3:07:11 PM PDT
Hundreds of Trenton residents were left without electricity in the middle of a heat wave. At about 1:00 a.m. Friday morning, a car struck two utility poles in Trenton. Hundreds of homes suddenly went dark.

"We heard two big explosions and then the sky lit up like lightning, and that's when everything went black," Noelle Boyer said.

A power outage is never pleasant, but during a heat wave, it's especially hard to handle.

Add in the high concentration of ozone to list of concerns.

"My baby has asthma, I can't hook up the machines. We need some help," Angela Santiago said.

Mayor Doug Palmer said PSE&G worked hard through the heat to restore power.

He wanted to stress that city residents should not stay at home and suffer.

While the city provided services for those who were struggling, others opted to just leave town until the power came back on.

Power was restored throughout Trenton by 3:00 p.m., but in this kind of weather with temperatures of up into the 90s, even 15 hours without power is a little bit too long.