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N.H. Residents May Be In Dark Until Friday

Concord, New Hampshire - December 15, 2008

President Bush has declared a state of emergency in New Hampshire meaning federal relief aid is on the way.

More than 200,000 New Hampshire homes and businesses are still in the dark this morning. That is down from about 430,000 on Friday. Governor John Lynch says residents should be prepared for extended outages, possibly lasting till Friday, a week after the storm.

"In my 26 years here it's the worst scene in terms of damage. It's tough but you just keep rolling. You try not to think about it. We try to get it on. We know it's cold and it's hard for them," said Dan Boots of Public Service of New Hampshire.

"We're trying to concentrate on the customers, trying to, we know what they're going through. So we just make due. Everyone is making sacrifices so it's our way of sacrificing to help out, said Pete Herbert of PSNH.

Public Service Company of New Hampshire says progress will slow as line crews finish work on large circuits and begin the difficult and time-consuming work of reconnecting thousands of power lines that serve smaller pockets of homes.

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