Manhattan Joyful as Power Restored, More Work Ahead

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After days in the dark, residents in Manhattan literally saw the light after power was restored to roughly 65,000 homes in the storm-battered New York borough.

Approximately one third of the area had been in the dark since Monday.

Cries of joy could be heard Friday afternoon from high-rise dwellers who had found themselves living in horrific conditions, with seemingly no end in sight.

CBN's Operation Blessing was there to witness the celebration.

"There are no words that can adequately express my feelings as I experienced the darkness of despair, hopelessness and misery change in one moment with something so simple that we all take for granted in America - power!" Jody Herrington, director of U.S. Disaster Relief for Operation Blessing, recalled.

Like other parts of New York ravaged by superstorm Sandy, conditions in Manhattan have been dire.

"No elevators, no electricity, no water, no heat," Herrington said. "They could not even flush their toilets to get rid of their own human waste."

On Friday, the Christian aid organization delivered 80,000 pounds of food, water, hygienic items, diapers and toiletries to the lower east side of Manhattan and served over 1,200 hot meals.

Watch Operation Blessing's earlier report below:

Meanwhile, recovery efforts continued Saturday as hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers remain in the dark.

"This has been the most massive restoration effort we have ever undertaken here at Con Edison, and we're going to continue working 24-7 until the last customer is back," Con Edison's John Miksad said.

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