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The big thaw: Power outage leaves resident coping with cold



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Verna Schultz of Indianapolis clears an elderly neighbor's driveway Wednesday. Schultz was without power for 48 hours after Sunday's winter storm.


Verna Schultz of Indianapolis clears an elderly neighbor's driveway Wednesday. Schultz was without power for 48 hours after Sunday's winter storm.


The needle on the thermostat ticked lower and lower.

When Verna Schultz lost power on Sunday night, the inside of her southside Indianapolis home had been balmy in the upper 60s. But as the temperature outside dove to record lows, and with her furnace inoperable, Schultz started to feel the chill.

“It was getting a little cool. When it was 49 degrees, I knew I had to do something the next day,” she said.

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