Neighbors Helping Neighbors During a Time of Need

By Scott Sarvay

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 8:08 AM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - One Fort Wayne resident did more than just share her home with a neighbor during the city’s black out period.

Over on Elnora Drive near Coldwater and Washington Center Roads. Residents on the north side of the street have power, while residents on the south side have been in the dark since Friday’s storm.

That's when Phyllis Arnold invited an elderly neighbor, on oxygen, to stay with her.

She also lent another neighbor an extension cord to run across the street to power two fans in his home.

Kent Roling, who is using Arnold’s power says, “It's like 80 degrees in the house right now, 81 degrees. But hey, it's better than 100 like it is outside."

Carolyn Pyle, grateful for such a loving neighbor says, "I literally depend on her, because I know she's always here for me."

"When they are in those circumstances and there's nothing else to do, and I have the room and the electricity... it's just a helping neighborhood," says Phyllis Arnold.

I&M officials have said it could take until this weekend before all power is restored.

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