WHEATON, Md. (WUSA)-- Thousands of PEPCO customers are having an uncomfortable sense of de ja vu, suffering in the heat of a Washington summer without power, after another passing storm.
Two weeks ago, Jaquanna Duffin stood outside her Wheaton home for days at a time, waiting for PEPCO to reconnect her power after a tree brought down power lines in her front yard.
Thursday, she was in her yard again. The tree was gone and the power lines were restored. But, once again, she was without power.
Duffin learned, during the first storm, where she could go to get her 3-year-old boy out of the heat. Thursday, the little boy was unhappy again, because he couldn't watch cartoons.
When asked if her earlier experience had prepared her for the possibility of going without power for days and days, she simply said "no."
"I think I would go crazy... it's like being in the 1800's," Duffin said.