Neighbors get creative after dump truck accident leaves them without power

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On one side of the street, lights are on and ACs are kicking out cool air, but walk across the street and residents are still in the dark.

People who live in the northland neighborhood near NW 70th Street and N. Hickory couldn't blame the heat for the power outage. A dump truck hit-and-run accident left three downed power lines, snapped power poles and many residents without AC and power.

At the start, 75 homes were left without power. But since then, neighbors have gotten creative.

One man affected by the outage was prepared and now his next door neighbors are benefiting.

"I've been setting up power to my neighbors so that refrigerators and freezers do not thaw out and so we can save our food," one resident Paul, who declined to give his last name, said.

Paul's generator is the only source of power along one side of NW 70th Street.

Kansas City Power & Light expects all power to be restored within the next couple of hours, but this neighbor made sure to get enough gas to last even longer.

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