Work runs into fifth day to restore power in Columbia

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COLUMBIA - Crews returned to work Friday morning to restore power to residents who lost it in Monday's storm.

Sally Silvers is a resident in the area and said crews have been "fabulous".

"I don't know how they can be so cheery," Silvers said. "It's a monumental job."

Connie Kacprowicz said crews have been working long days to get power restored and nearly 200 people were continuing work Friday.

But KOMU 8 News spoke to at least one resident still unhappy with the time it took to restore power.

KOMU 8 News reported Thursday afternoon and evening crews had left the work zone, and it appeared power restoration would wait until Friday. Columbia Water and Light and Silvers said the crew left the scene to get additional equipment and eat dinner. Silvers said the crews returned and worked until dark. 

"You don't want hungry, tired, worn out guys," Silvers said.

She estimates crews returned to work before 7:00 Friday morning. 

Some residents in the area have been without power since Monday evening. Many residents praised the work by crews, while some were upset about the length of time taken to restore the power.

As of 10:15 a.m. Friday, Water and Light was reporting 135 customers were still without power, for more information visit the Columbia Water and Light outage map.