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Viewer offers to help elderly couple who had to throw out food after power outage

Posted: 10:54 PM, Aug 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-16 14:26:02-04

UPDATE AUG. 16: A viewer is stepping up to help the couple affected by the power outage from last weekend's storm.

When Sharon Hilton and her husband's power was restored, all the food in the freezer had to be tossed out, including $200 worth of meat. After seeing our story, the viewer offered to give Hilton that money to replace the meat that went bad. 

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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- A group of senior citizens are so thankful to have their power back on at their apartment complex near Bruce and Fremont after not having electricity for three days and nights.

The power went out Saturday night at the Oak Tree Apartments after a powerful storm swept through the area, even knocking down power poles.

NV Energy was able to restore power to part of the complex over the past few days but one of the buildings with two dozen residents was still without power Tuesday evening.

Sharon Hilton called 13 Action News for help because she said she and her neighbors were thirsty and hungry and unable to help themselves.

"This is the one with mostly elderly and disabled people," said Hilton.

Hilton says she and her neighbors have been doing everything they can to stay cool but nothing was working.

"Miserable, just miserable," said Hilton. "I mean we don't know what to do, I put a little bit of cold water in the tub, trying to cool down my body temperature but as soon as you get out, boom you're hot again."

Hilton says her 19-year-old cat was not handling the conditions well either.

"I've been icing her down, putting cold water on her, I just don't want to lose her!"

And lastly, she says her newly bought food was going to go to waste.

"That's $200 worth of meat for the whole month and it's all gone and I have no money to replace it."

As soon as 13 Action News began making calls to see how we could help Hilton and her neighbors, she called to say the power came back on.

NV Energy was out at the scene for three days straight trying to repair the power poles. They worked day in and day out to restore the power as quickly as they could.