Power outages hit homes hard in Tompkins County

By Caroline Goggin

July 10, 2014 Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM EST

Lansing, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A storm tore through most of Tompkins County Tuesday night, and crews continued to clean up debris Thursday.

"I got a little bit scared," said Lansing resident Cheryl Myers. "Thought for sure we were gonna lose a tree. That it was gonna come through the back window."

The Myers household was without electricity for only one day.

"Thought it was going to be out shortly like it usually is, didn't realize it was going to be a prolonged event," said Myers.

Other households are still waiting for power, as of Thursday evening.

People without power said there were three things hard to live without: water, air conditioning and lights at night.

NYSEG worked with the customers this week who were in need.

On Thursday, Tompkins County residents drove to the utility's service station in Ithaca to pick up dry ice and water.

Cayuga County resident Marian Carfango was at her campsite in Tompkins County when the storm hit.

"They just said tonight it would be back on, but I've got food in the refrigerator and the freezer that I didn't want to have thaw," said Carfango.

However, the company provided more than water and ice for some people.

"Unfortunately, I'm on oxygen in the night, so they worked with me to get more oxygen for night time," said Locke resident Richard Whatman.

Power is expected to return to remaining homes by midnight Thursday.

The Ithaca NYSEG utility station is located at 1387 Dryden Rd, Ithaca. Dry ice and cases of water are available for anyone in need.