Seniors a concern in wake of storm

Posted at: 07/29/2013 10:10 PM
Updated at: 07/30/2013 2:51 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The effort to reconnect power across the metro area continued Tuesday as PNM reports 22 customers are still without power after Friday's massive storm.

Senior citizens without power remain a concern for PNM and City of Albuquerque officials. 

Clayton Rookstool, a senior citizen living near California and Central SE, was forced to throw away much of the food in his refrigerator.  Retired now and on a fixed income, Rookstool said it would be hard to find the money to replace all the spoiled food.  He’s also living in a home with no air conditioning.

"It gets hot in here, real hot,” Rookstool said.  “It was 97 degrees in here the other day."

Jorja Armijo Brasher, Director of the City of Albuquerque's Senior Affairs Department, said since Friday, her department has delivered more than 170 meals and made more than 450 welfare check calls to seniors without power.

A PNM spokeswoman Monday told Eyewitness News 4 the company has teamed up with Roadrunner Foodbank and other charitable organizations to ensure low-income families and seniors affected by the storm are getting the food and supplies they need.

If you know of a senior citizen in need, call the CABQ Senior Affairs Dept. at 505-764-6400.