SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -
Residents at Holyoke's Lyman Terrace housing complex were without power from early morning Monday into well after it got dark.
Power came back on at about midnight and CBS 3 took an inside look at Lyman Terrace to see the results of the day-long power outage.
Patricio Mattei lives in Lyman Terrace and is the vice president of the association. He went door to door Tuesday morning to check on neighbors after Monday's power outage.
Lyman Terrace residents woke up at about 7 a.m. Monday to what sounded like an explosion. It was actually a generator that powers the entire complex.
"Well I thought someone got into an accident, it sounded like a big bomb, and then I learned that the transformer went out and it was just frustrating because you learn really quick how much you depend on electricity and you can't use anything," said Michelle Lalchandeni, a resident.
Mattei delivered notes to residents to make sure they know to dispose of food that rotted during the outage.
"Right now only food is an issue, there's nothing else. I put all the main breakers down from the whole units," said Mattei.
Lalchandeni said people usually keep to themselves but Monday they really supported each other, checking on elderly residents to make sure they were doing OK.
"Everybody in the neighborhood band together and that was a really nice thing to see and the gas company, the police department, the fire department was on top of it, at night it was so pitch black, and again the only frustration is losing food, but that's being replaced," said Lalchandeni.
Residents who lost food during the outage will be reimbursed.
"Everything was in control, I was getting people on each corner letting them know it was safe," said Mattei.
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