Cold temperatures, heavy snow, and bad roads are not the only problems for Adams County residents.
"I got up at five this morning and I couldn't see anything. Usually there is a light on in the bathroom," tells Town of Rome resident Manetta Flouro.
Flouro is among a few dozen people trying to stay warm at the local town hall. A problem with a transformer in one of the main substations at Adams-Columbia Electric caused the outage. It left over 5,100 homes without power Monday morning, and sent Adams County into a state of emergency.
"It's not a good situation, but we've had good response from the public. We have emergency services in place, and we have an emergency call center set up," explains Chief Deputy Alexander Bebris.
The State of Emergency has launched efforts by the Red Cross and Salvation Army to find people a warm place to stay and hot meals to eat.
"When temperatures start dropping this low people can become chilled easily. Working with Emergency Services, we know some of the people at risk are children and the elderly," says Julie Schoening of the Red Cross.
Tonight the power company is advising that the power will not come back on until sometime Tuesday.
Plumbers recommend the following procedure to prevent pipe breakage due to freezing temperatures during an extended power outage:
* Turn off the power to the well.
* Drain the water out of the expansion tank in the basement.
* Starting in the basement, open all faucets in the house.
There is a shelter open to the public on Highway 13 in the Town of Rome. Call Emergency Management at (608) 339-4547 for more information, or on how to get a ride to the shelter.
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