Mounting frustration for people still without electricity

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by TONYA MOSLEY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 23 at 8:08 AM

AUBURN, Wash. - Tens of thousands in the Puget Sound area are still without power. Marie Bratsch and her son Mark, who live in Auburn, were patient -- until Sunday.

PSE says the Bratsch's won't get their power back until Wednesday.

"They keep telling us we're not a priority, when my mom's sick," said Mark.

It's emotional for Mark because no power means no working oxygen treatments for his 82-year-old mom.

"It's not easy. I'm sorry but I'm so stressed and my son is stressed," said Marie.

But just around the block, the lights are on.

Puget Sound Energy says it understands Mark's frustrations. The neighbors are likely on a different circuit. And power crews are working around the clock to get everyone - including Mark and Marie - out of the dark.

"I understand there are people out there a lot worse off than me but it makes sense to me if you can fix the darn thing fix it,” said Mark.

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