MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's been more than a month since the June 29 storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands in our region.
Many waited long stretches before their electricity was finally restored, and some are still in the middle of a power struggle.
The derecho in June knocked out power at the Sue Terrace Apartments in Milton, but when the lights came back on, the central heating and cooling units didn't.
"We're dealing with a hundred-degree weather up here, and we’re burning our behinds up," James Lewis said.
Lewis lives in one of 18 units at the public assistance housing they say remain without central cooling.
"It was hot enough in my apartment, it set the fire alarm off," Janet Bledsoe said.
Many of the residents have health issues, and they say the heat is exacerbating their problems.
"This is killing my dialysis," Lewis said. "It's interfering with my chest. My tubes are getting stopped up."
"I have COPD and emphysema," Bledsoe said. "When it gets so hot, I can't breath."
Some residents have bought window air conditioners. They say having those cranking only goes so far and spikes their power bills.
Tenants say central cooling is included in their leases, but they've seen no sense of urgency from management to help bring tempers and temperatures back down.
"The company up here won't get off their behind and get our air on," Lewis said.
Encore Management, which owns the apartments, have not returned our calls.
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