Flo Baerren of Lansing, Mich., was planning on giving her granddaughter a hand-knit quilt for Christmas when she went to Chicago to see family for the holidays.
Instead, the 68-year-old found herself renting a room at a Hampton Inn in Jackson, 38 miles away, and eating Christmas dinner at Denny’s.
Baerren is among tens of thousands of people who were left in the dark, some for up to a week, in areas of Michigan and New England after ice storms felled power lines.
“I understand it was a major storm. I understand a lot of trees fell down,” Baerren, whose power went out a week ago, told the Los Angeles Times.
“What I don’t understand is the complete and utter...