When will the lights come back on? Homeowners urged to be patient

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WAUKESHA CO. (WITI) -- It's a case of the "haves" and the "have nots" throughout southeast Wisconsin on Wednesday, July 2nd. A couple of days after storms blew through the region, thousands of people are left wondering when they'll be able to turn the lights on or watch TV.

Sara Loh Vogelsang's Waukesha home has been without power since around 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

"We saw electric poles down, like dominoes. That's a clue that you're gonna be without power, a little while," said Vogelsang.

So Vogelsang's husband got their generator charged up, got a back-up battery and saved the food in the refrigerator and freezer.

A We Energies spokesperson explains some 3,500 customers were still without power on Wednesday afternoon -- and there was a range of storm-related reasons.

Crews from Madison and northwest Wisconsin are now involved in the process of getting power to the people. But with so many fallen trees, officials say restoration takes time.

As of about 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, We Energies officials say just 340 customers remained without power.

CLICK HERE to see if you qualify for emergency food stamps because of the power outage.

CLICK HERE to visit FoodSafety.gov for tips on when to save and when to throw out food from your refrigerator after the power has been out.

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