Thousands of east Texans live life without power after Ike

The power outages are not just a problem for schools, but for thousands of you at home.

The number of people without power is constantly changing as electric crews continue to work around the clock, doing their best to restore power throughout East Texas.  Many of you are still wanting to know, what's taking so long, and when will I have electricity?  Here's the problem, all the downed trees and debris.  The electric companies can't fix the power lines until the debris is removed.  Again, they are asking for your patience and if you have not already, report outages to your electric company.

For some, it could be days, maybe even weeks before their power is back on.  The Hargett family was hard at work Sunday morning cleaning up what's left of one of their trees.

"Work, work, work, " said Suzanne Hargett.  "Lots of work."  Bob and Suzanne of Tyler say they lost their tree around noon, Saturday, and their power went right along with it, which for Bob means no more television.

"No football, no NASCAR, no nothing," said Bob.

"I love not having the TV on," said Suzanne.  "It was awesome.  We read magazines.  We read books.  We talked."

"We lost power about 24 hours ago," said Tyler resident Betty Daffin.  Daffin and her neighbors kept each other company Sunday.  Eighteen units in their apartment complex, Raintree Village, lost power Saturday afternoon, which Daffin says made for an uncomfortable night.

"I didn't get any sleep last night because it was really warm and opening up the windows made it very humid," said Daffin.

"All my food in my refrigerator and freezer will be gone," said Raintree resident Dorothy Cramers.  "They are melting down my garage and my kitchen."  Rusk residents are doing everything they can to save what's left of their food.  Wallace Hardware, located in downtown Rusk, ordered 75 generators Sunday, and people lined up hoping to get their hands on one.

"We just want a generator right now, just to cool our freezers off, so we don't lose all of our meat, or produce, all the things we've worked hard for," said Rusk resident Nathan Cummins.  "Just make living a little more easy."  For many, it's just an inconvenience, but East Texans say they know it could be a lot worse.

"The only thing I'm concerned about is Monday night, that I see my Dallas Cowboys," said Raintree resident Linda Kirby.  "That is my big complaint right now."

Molly Reuter, Reporting.