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MIDDLETOWN, Conn (WTNH) — It was one week ago that Donald Davignon lost power at his Bow Lane home in Middletown.

“Rotten,” he told News 8 when describing how the week was for him. “Yeah, really rotten.”

“Frustrating,” his caregiver, Jamie Lamb, added. 

Davignon, who uses a walker to get around, has multiple sclerosis. so getting around is tough and getting to an upstairs shower was impossible.

“He finally took one today because going up and down the stairs, he needs to use the chairlift,” said Lamb.

“Which, no power…obviously, with no power you can’t use it,” added Davignon.

Bow Lane was one of the last areas in the city to get power restored and get a huge tree, which fell across it, removed.

“The closer you got, you went faster under that tree hoping that it doesn’t fall on you,” said Bow Lane resident Craig Taft. “I just think that’s pretty sad.”

Taft said the tree was resting on power lines. He said emergency crews wouldn’t have been able to get through to the dozens living beyond it on the dead end road.

A sign addressed to FedEx was put on the downed tree by another neighbor so she could still get packages because the road was completely blocked — certainly not enough clearance for a FedEx truck.

She actually invited the FedEx folks to drive on her lawn so they could get through.

“Seven days in Connecticut, in my opinion, is just absolutely unacceptable,” said Taft.

“I called Eversource. He called them. His son called them, and they said, ‘go to a shelter,’” said Lamb. “’Go here, go there.’ Well, he has MS. You can’t, he can’t just go to a shelter.”

Davignon said he lost a lot of sleep during this outage.

“Like last night, I think I must have slept three hours,” said Davignon.

And residents said the heat isn’t helping.

“It was 90 in our house yesterday,” said Taft.

RELATED: Middletown officials set up cooling center as residents wait for power to be restored

Relief started to come Tuesday as repairs to several downed wires on this one road were made.

“We’re thankful for the line workers but disappointed with Eversource,” said Lamb.

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