Updated: Thursday, 01 Nov 2012, 12:42 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 01 Nov 2012, 12:38 PM EDT
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) -- Park City residents react to UI's power restoration announcement, finding out they could be in the dark for several more days.
"I'm thinking of the people that are sick, I'm thinking about babies, I'm thinking about children. But it doesn't seem like UI is thinking about them," Claudette Brown said.
Brown lives in Bridgeport's west end, where plenty of people share her frustration.
"My children have sleep apnea, and their medical machines need to be on," Karen Jackson said.
Mother Nature turned her light on again Thursday morning, but for these folks, United Illuminating hasn't, and immediate post-storm pleasantry is wearing thin, right up to the top.
"Their food is putrid. What are they going to eat? Where are they going to go?" Mayor Bill Finch said.
Some have sought shelter at the Cesar Batalla School, but it's not a one-size-fits-all solution.
"People are sneezing and couging all over the place. I'm not going to bring my new baby in to that type of environment, and no other person would want to do that either," Brown said.
Not that the Park City hasn't seen progress, it's just where progress is and isn't happening.
"Downtown Bridgeport has their lights on, the north end has their lights on, part of the east end, and the west end has nothing," Jackson said.
Claudette grew up in the north end, and she says, follow the money trail.
"It goes back to the things I would hear in school, what the kids would say, and they were like, 'Oh, you're in the rich part of town'. I never understood why," Brown said.
For its part, United Illuminating insists there's no such agenda.
"Bridgeport's a big city, obviously the largest in the state, so they're getting resources just like all the others. We show no prejudices for any town," UI CEO Jim Torgerson said.
But, as the days in the dark add up, the storm of frustration is nearing a status the likes of hurricanes, and anger.
"I don't feel like they're hustling as much for my city as they should be," Mayor Finch said.