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Keeping warm without power

Until the electricity comes back on, some families are going on a third night in the cold and in the dark.
Until the electricity comes back on, some families are going on a third night in the cold and in the dark.

Hotels are sold out and there's a waiting list to get a room. There are also several warming centers set up for people who need a place to get in from out in the freezing cold.

There's no vacancy at the TownePlace Suites. Ben Williams says the hotel doesn't have cable or internet, but the lights are on and it's warm inside. "We can't even put them on a waiting list anymore because it's too long."

For those without power at home like Brooks Bonwich, at $99 a night, staying in hotel is a good deal. There are 30 people on the waiting list to get a room.

Bonwich considers himself lucky to watch DVD's on his lap top as he waits for the power to come back on at home. "There's not really anything to do around the house, and being here is much more comfortable. Just being able to shower is nice."

Ontiaro Miller and his family of 6 are staying at the North Little Rock Community Center. They stayed with friends the first night the lights went out. The second night they tried to tough it out at home, but with 4 kids under the age of 6, that didn't work so well. Miller says the kids seem much more comfortable at the warming center. "Seeing my babies playing and happy makes me happy."

It's not a hotel, but it's warm, dry, and safe. "It's a lot better than staying in the cold house."
Miller says they'll stay at the North Little Rock Community Center as long as they can, or until their power at home is back on.
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