For three days, the people on Bellona Ave. keep walking outside and wondering when a large tree will be cut down. It fell on power lines, keeping the Holt family hot and hungry.
"When I go outside to play, I'm all hot and sweaty and when I come in I usually expect a burst of cold air but now it's just hotness," said Laura Holt.
It's easy to get steaming mad at BGE, but the Holt family decided to hang tight like those fallen lines.
"The one nice thing is we walk outside and we actually talk to our neighbors so we've been doing a lot of commiserating," said Andrew Holt.
BGE crews and contractors are working 16-hour days in the heat. Crew leader Douglas Revie says they prioritize based on how many customers are powered by a fallen transformer.
After securing the lines and getting a tree crew in, the area around Stevenson Ln. and Bellona Ave. in Towson should have their power on by Tuesday afternoon.
Revie says there will be another night without power because “there's simply not enough people, there's too many problems. It's just too many situations like this," he said.
The owner of Pinehurst Wine Shoppe is doing his part by handing out free bags of ice.
"We bought extra just to give it away at the end of the night," said Bob Schindler.
That ice may salvage a few more perishables. Not only have families lost food, but they have to spend money on eating out.
"We can't afford to go out every single meal, so we've been bringing some stuff home, using the grill, used up everything we could possibly use up in the first 48 hours," said Julia Holt.
Beer and Baileys is left in the refrigerator. The adults may get by, but the kids are making plans to flip the switch.
"Enjoy the air conditioning," said Laura Holt.
Schindler plans to give away ice in the evening again on Tuesday.
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