SULTAN, Wash. -- Crews from all over the state of Washington and even some from out of state have been working long hours to restore power in the Western Washington area, but for residents without electricity since Tuesday, the lights can't come on soon enough.
Sultan resident Ed Maskevich has been waiting for the heat to return for five days said he is growing tired of measuring the temperature by how much of his breath he can see.
"I'm sitting here with no heat, no electricity and dealing with 17 hours of darkness a day," he said, "I leave certain light switches on thinking 'oh God let me wake up to light.'"
Neighbors have been checking on each other and trying to get information on when the power will be restored. Time creeps by for Ed and his dog as they wait under blankets and hope for the best.
Just down the road, crews are working at frantic pace scrambling to pick up trees, clear broken lines, and repair others. Crews are working these 16 hour days in less than ideal conditions and residents said they are grateful. They just hope the power comes back on soon and they can get some help.