The power went off at around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, and Susie Skeels immediately began to worry.
Her husband, Lucien, who is on dialysis, also uses an oxygen machine to help him breathe. No electricity for extended periods can put Mr. Skeels at risk.
So, she called the power company and the lights were on again at their Saloma Road home in short order.
"But it only stayed on for about five minutes," Mrs. Skeels said.