Senior citizens in Denbigh tough it out with no power


by Velma Scaife

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 31 at 8:47 PM

NEWPORT NEWS – The power outage is really taking a toll on seniors citizens at an assisted living facility in Newport News.

Lexington Commons on Old Courthouse Way in Denbigh has been out of power since Saturday.  The complex has 132 apartments.  All of the residents are seniors and many have disabilities.

Some of them are wheelchair bound and live on the third floor.

 "I feel sorry for the ones who are up there,” said resident Shirley Swartz. “They're just stuck, basically."

Late Wednesday morning, electricity was coming back to some of the units.

In the meantime, those who can get around are spending a lot of time in the breezeway to stay cool.

"It's very hot on the third floor but I survive by sitting down here, going up late at night when it’s had a chance to cool off.   But, it’s still hot up there," said Dorothy Perry.
Management at Lexington Commons provided residents with grills so they could cook some items before they spoiled.  The complex has also provided meals, along with the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

Although residents are toughing it out, some are looking on the bright side.

"What's been good is everybody has helped everybody,” said Mick Waters. “They check on people we known who can't get out of their apartment, can't get up and down the stairs."