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Residents with medical problems struggle without electricity

On Friday, two days after the storms, many residents of Shreveport's Highland neighborhood could be seen sitting outside on their porches, tying to escape the extreme heat inside their homes. On Friday, two days after the storms, many residents of Shreveport's Highland neighborhood could be seen sitting outside on their porches, tying to escape the extreme heat inside their homes.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

With more than 68,000 SWEPCO customers without power at the height of the storm related power outages, it's not surprising some of those customers were elderly, and had medical issues that were complicated by the heat.

On Wall Street in Shreveport's Highland neighborhood, many of the residents are elderly or have medical problems that are complicated by the heat.

On Friday, two days after the storms, many of them could be seen sitting outside on their porches tying to escape the extreme heat inside their homes.

"These are my neighbors. We work together, we got to look out for each other here there's no color barrier here, we're like a big family," said Barbara White. She has spent the last couple of days making the rounds, checking on her neighbors. Some are elderly, and some have medical problems.

"We can't get any assistance here, I've called until I'm green," said White. She wants to help neighbors like Earl Blunt who suffers from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). "It's short of breath right now, but I got a heart condition too with it," said Earl Blunt.

His breathing treatment machine sits inside the hot house, useless without electricity. "It's hard for me to see him not be able to do it," said Rita Blunt, Earl's wife.

SWEPCO says there have been great strides in restoring power to those 68,000 customers, with the use of 700 employees, and contractors, many of them working 16 hour shifts.

Despite those assurances, neighbors were still frustrated because they woke up Friday morning still with no electricity.

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