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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Though Irene did not cause any significant damage in our area, power outages have been a big issue in New Hanover County and across eastern North Carolina.

Progress Energy said Saturday afternoon 280,000 customers in North Carolina had no electricity. As of 11 a.m. Monday, that number was down to 91,300, including 10,100 in Onslow. New Hanover County had 2,200 homes and business still in the dark. That's down from about 7,000 Sunday night. Pender County has 1,500 outages. There are still 940 Progress Energy customers without power in Columbus County and 385 in Brunswick. The power company says it is still working to get one last outage repaired in Bladen County. Earlier in the morning, Progress Energy predicted 85 percent of its customers would be back online by midnight.

North Carolina's electric cooperatives have restored power to 89,000 households. That's down from a peak of 152,000 outages Saturday.

Sylvia Williams of Wilmington had been without electricity for three days as of Sunday afternoon. She says her power went out before the brunt of Irene even came through our area. A tree behind her property fell onto a power line in the King's Grant neighborhood.

“The storm wasn't even here yet,” Williams said. “That was just the little bit of wind that we started off with.”

Crews assessed damage and made repairs to power lines throughout the day. Officials with Progress Energy say they will have a better idea of predicted restoration times by Monday.

Williams says though it has been hard without electricity, she is grateful to be surrounded by family and friends.

“My family is safe and we're together and we get to eat our dinners together because we're cooking in a little stove that god has provided for us, so yes I’m thankful,” said Williams.

Progress Energy officials stress that everyone should steer clear of any downed power lines and that also means keeping pets inside and out of harms way.

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ARE THEY SERIOUS?

I just heard that New Hanover County will NOT be picking up debris from Hurricane Irene. Are they serious? Most of the damage from the storm was fallen trees and tree limbs.

I have tree limbs all over my property from my neighbor's yards, and I don't even have a single tree in my own. So I have to pay someone to come and haul my neighbor's trees to the landfill? How unfail is that!

If they are your neighbor's

If they are your neighbor's branches and debris then give it back to them and let them take care of it.

The flip-side is that the city/county don't own the trees either so why is it not fair for you to pay but it IS fair for THEM to pay to remove the debris?

I can't give it back

Because my neighbors don't want their debris back! If I toss the debris back in their yard, they will call the law on me for littering. Duh!

It's unfair because certain municipalities are paying for removal while others aren't. Isn't this what my city/county/state/federal taxes help cover? My taxes helped pay for Katrina. Why shouldn't I expect a little help too? I know from experience that municipalities seem to find money for things they want to.

If your neighbor's trash can

If your neighbor's trash can blows over and the garbage blows into your yard is that no longer their problem?

Ask the city to annex you and then you can suffer like everyone else who lives within city limits - but at least your hurricane debris will be picked up.

And your county/state taxes didn't go to help pay for Katrina. That was all federal. Send your president an email. I'm sure he will give you a hand-out.

Are they serious?

The citizens of the US are the only ones in the
world who expect the government to care for
us in times of emergencies. Your yard...your
responsibility; my yard...my responsibility.
Is it nice when they do offer help? Sure it is.
We should not, though, expect it.
PS We also have no trees but get lots and lots
of leaves and branches (-:

The City will pick up storm

The City will pick up storm debris. New Hanover County won't because they don't have a waste disposal contract in place. County residents will have to haul their debris to the landfill or pay someone to clean it up.

Being 62 years old and in poor health, I don't desire to join the group of 26 individuals who perished because of this hurricane. I can't get out and work in my yard because of respiratory problems, and I can't afford to pay someone, because I'm living paycheck to paycheck because of this lousy economy. I'm sure I'm not the only one. You should walk a mile in my shoes before you toss stones, young lady.