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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In late June the derecho caused more than a simple power outage at this family's modest home.
The storm damaged the home's electrical system, and the power company will not restore service until the family makes repairs.
The problem is it will cost close to $400 just for the necessary equipment. That doesn't include the cost of an electrician.
The family, already struggling financially, simply hasn't been able to afford the repairs. The household includes two school-age children.
These people have been using a generator, but the cost can be $25 a day. With colder weather approaching, the family is also using a kerosene heater. That also is expensive to operate, according to the caseworker.
The family was living on the 35-year-old mother's income from work at a local retailer, as the father, 45, has been out of work and struggling to find a job.
In the last 30 days, the mother was laid off and the family was forced to apply for help, starting with food stamps, the caseworker said.
The recent setback has made efforts to make electrical repairs all the more impossible.
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