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Newman Lake family dealing with power outage

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Thousands are still without power in the region. Thousands are still without power in the region.
NEWMAN LAKE, Wash. -

As of Saturday morning, thousands were still without power in the region.

One family in Newman Lake hasn’t had power since Wednesday. They tried to cook Christmas dinner but ended up eating cheese and crackers, and a veggie tray.

But, that’s not the only thing that’s been an issue for them.

“They had to do a trail down to the lake to try to get water to use for the toilets,” says Eileen Weyrauch.

Every time they need to flush, they need to get water from the lake by breaking through the ice.

“It’s not so bad because we mostly are prepared,” she says. “We could survive for a very long time with our Boy Scout equipment.”

This isn't the first time they've had to deal with this.

“We went and bought a generator when we were out of power the last time from the windstorm,” she says.

Even with the generator, they have to conserve.

“We still limit everything. We're pretty much all in the living room. We play a lot of games. Just do family stuff.”

The family's been busy getting things back working in their home like their pellet stove and phone lines.

Line crews have also been at work. Inland Power used helicopters to clear their lines to get snow and trees off of them. Eileen says she's grateful for their work.

“Those guys have families too and so I feel bad that their holidays are kind of messed up by this.”

And while having no power is frustrating, “then you remember we really are all okay. We're all healthy…It's okay. We're not that bad.”

Inland Power says they expect to restore the many of the outages through the weekend. They also expect to be repairing the single and smaller outages Monday and Tuesday.

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