Coping without power in Berks Co.

READING, PA. - November 2, 2011

Many homes are still in the dark after the weekend snow storm, and families are moving into hotels to cope.

"We've been sold out since Saturday the 30th, which is typically a pretty quiet weekend for us," said Heather Gilbert, manager of the Country Inn Suites.

The same can be said of hotels all across Berks County.

The lingering power outages from last weekend's nor'easter have translated into big business for inn-keepers who can barely keep up with demand.

They are also trying to keep up with the needs of the people checking in.

"A hotel is only so good. We provide them breakfast and things like that, but they have to eat out. They're running back and forth between work, getting kids to school because there are no school buses that pick the kids up at the hotel," said Eric Regits of the Hampton Inn Wyomissing.

And then there is 68-year-old Claire Cleaver of Temple, Berks County. She cares for her 90-year-old mother. Claire says checking into a hotel is better than freezing inside her home. But it has still been tough, especially for her mom.

"She's exhausted because I've been moving her around. Just the aggravation and the upset is difficult for a 90-year-old," she told Action News.

It has also been difficult for Angelique Lukacs of Bernville, Pa. Angelique runs a retail website that has to be updated daily. She said the combination of losing power, staying in a hotel, and trying to get her daily chores done all at the same time has been an uphill struggle for five days now.

"I've been floating between the hotel, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble and the local library. Yeah, a little stressed," she told us.

As of 3:00 Wednesday afternoon, MetEd said it still have 30,000 customers without power, and it likely won't be until this weekend before everyone is back on line.

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