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Northeast ice storm power outages leave thousands in the dark

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(WJLA) - Outrage is growing in several northern states and parts of Canada, where the power has been out for nearly a week after an ice storm froze much of the region.

Some residents say that not enough has been done following the destructive storm, and that has power crews from the Washington area helping in the efforts to get the power and heat back on.

Those crews have been working around the clock from Maine to Michigan and up to Toronto throughout the week. In Ontario specifically, officials are calling it one of the worst blackouts in history.

"I think it's fair to say this is one of the largest in our corporate history," Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines said.

Already under fire for personal problems earlier this year, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continues to defend his decision not to declare a state of emergency, despite hundreds of thousands of shivering residents being left in the dark.

"It wouldn't have helped," Ford said. "All it would have done is panic people. We are moving ahead in a positive direction.

From the D.C. area, Pepco and BGE have together sent more than 200 workers, linemen and contractors to Michigan, where the numbers have come down from a high of 470,000 without power earlier this week.

Michigan utility worker Tony Carone says that while conditions have been "rotten," the goal is to get everyone back up and running.

"Anytime you have a storm like this, especially an ice storm, it's pretty tough," Carone said. "That's part of the job. (We're) just trying to keep safe, keep warm and get them back on."

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