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Businesses Stay Open Despite Power Outage

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Some communities are still recovering from the last round of storms, with the possibility of more severe weather ahead. Many people spent the day removing debris and tree limbs in humid weather. As soon as storms rolled through this morning, the power went out in a handful of places, including Winslow, Galena, Apple River, and Scales Mound in Eastern Jo Davies County and Western Stevenson County, Illinois. At the height of Tuesday's morning storm, 9,000 people in the area were without power, and power is still out for some of them. In Stockton, only a few businesses managed to serve people today.

"Yes we did," restaurant owner Dan Bergman said. "We served lunch from 11:30 to 1."

The Corner Tap was the only restaurant open today in Stockton.

"Grocery stores, gas stations," Bergman said. "I know a couple other restaurants, everything is shut down."

After 20 years in the business, and up to four power outages in that time, he says he has learned what to do.

"I have a box downstairs full of candles, and small flashlights that stay there, and thank God the batteries all work still," he said.

He also uses generators powered with gas. They help, but they don't provide full coverage.

"It's been a long day, and I'm ready for the power to come back on," Bergman said.

Staff moved plugs from one refrigerator to the other all day long, as customers enjoyed their beverages in the dark. Still, Bergman says the generators saved the day because he was able to stay open, despite fewer sales.

"They haven't been great, that's for sure," he said. "I think a lot of people were at home, dealing with their own issues."

He says other restaurants haven't picked up on his strategies.

"The newer ones probably don't realize it yet, but after today, I bet they do have their boxes of candles and flashlights," he said.

However, down the street, Stockton Hardware is already in on the secret.

"Right, that's what we have been running our cash registers on is a generator," said Rosemary Basten, an employee. "It's been very interesting."

With the phone lines down, and no air conditioning, she says they too had a slow business day, losing about half of their average sales.

"But people have been appreciative we've been open," she said.

Emergency medical technicians from Stockton Ambulance have also been ready to serve.

"We're out right now just checking on a few elderly people in town," EMT Shelby Logemann said.

"Going to take a fan to one that can't leave her house," EMT Nycole Rhyner added.

Their facility was open all day, with water and oxygen for those who need it.

"We'll be there all night long, until power is on, if need be," Rhyner said.

A number of cooling stations have been established for Stockton and nearby areas, where fresh water is also available. The post office was open, too. They were able to deliver mail.

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