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Cape May County residents have trouble adjusting to power outage

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Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 12:15 pm

WILDWOOD - Ray Moore is a man who has seen his fair share of emergency shelters in the past four days.

Moore, 60, of Wildwood, first stayed at shelter at the Wildwood recreation center when he lost power. When that center's generator died after two days, he was moved to a Wildwood fire department, and then a Middle Township school.

On Wednesday afternoon, Moore joined several dozen people who arrived at the Wildwoods Convention Center, a "super shelter" set up by county officials and the American Red Cross to help consolidate shelters and resources stretched thin by a wave of snow, ice and power outages in Cape May County.

The bouncing around is taking its toll on Moore and others who arrived at their fourth shelter is as many days.

"Give me somewhere where I can get settled," Moore said. "And I'm losing food in my refrigerator."

Tom Stevenson, 43, of Wildwood, spent the night in his powerless apartment, which has a hole in the roof and now a foot of snow in the attic, he said.

"It was freezing cold. I just about lost my heart," said Stevenson, who called police Wednesday morning, and police referred him to the shelter.

Stevenson's jeans were soaked up to mid-knee as he walked to the Convention Center with a shopping cart that included clothes and an X Box video game console in plastic bags.

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