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Thousands in Mid-Michigan celebrate the holidays in the dark

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Tens of thousands of Genesee County residents are spending Christmas Eve in the dark.  As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, over 51,000 Consumers Energy customers are without power in Genesee County.

Dawn Ledger is keeping warm in her Burton home using a generator, but she says the ice storm and power outages have frozen some of her holiday plans.

"I feel sad, I wanted to bake cookies with my nieces, but now that will probably have to wait until January," Ledger said.

Consumers Energy says crews are working around the clock and doing all they can to restore power as quickly as possible.

Consumers has also brought in several out of state crews to the county for additional help.

"We have almost 500 out of state workers now in Genesee County, helping to restore power," said Kevin Keane, Consumers Energy Area Manager.

Many hotels around the county are filled up this Christmas Eve and are having to turn people away.

Russell Randolph Burton says he's thankful to have a room at the Super 8 hotel on Burton, but it's not the way he wanted to spent his Christmas.

"I'll be here until we get power.  I guess there are people out there who have it a lot of worse with no warm place to stay at all so I keep reminding myself of that," said Randolph.

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