A technical issue knocked out power for residents in Princeton, early Sunday morning, leaving htem dark and cold for about 9 hours.
Power crews worked all morning to get electricity back on, but several delays kept many residents without.
Bridget Pierce woke up to no power in her home, on one of the coldest days of the year.
“Without a heater, without lights, without TV. It's pretty bad,” said Pierce.
She arrived to her job at McDonald’s to discover the same problem. Many businesses were kept in the dark for hours, having to turn customers away.
“Lost a lot of business because people are coming and you can't sell anything right now,” said Princeton gas station manager, M.D. Rehman, “Just standing and telling the customers, make sure you don't fill up, we're out of gas.”
Residents without power at home went out in search of food and heat, only to find nearly everywhere in town closed, keeping warm any way they know how.
“We stay prepared, I keep a propane tank and a heater, so when it goes out, we've got some converters and a generator because it goes out so much,” said Princeton resident Tommy Rogers.
Many people also told Fox 4 they kept warm by sitting in their cars, going to relatives’ homes or just heading to other towns nearby, that had power.