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Marion residents reach out to help senior citizens following storm

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MARION, Iowa (KWWL) - Marion senior citizens say they feel like they are being kept in the dark, both without power and no directions or help from management.

Power is still out in much of the Cedar Rapids and Marion area. As crews work around the clock to get the lights back on, residents of a senior complex are asking for help.

Some have been without oxygen tanks for days. Up until yesterday, many residents didn't have flashlights.

At least two residents have been sent to the hospital after falling going up or down. Two others have been taken for lack of oxygen.

"I came down, you can't see a thing," Sarah Blackford, resident of Marion, said. "Even I had my cell phone, but you couldn't see the stairs well enough to know where they were at and I just thought there was a step there that wasn't and I went down."

Many seniors have mobility issues, meaning they can't take the stairs.
They have been stuck in their rooms for four days.

They say management has not checked on them since the storm hit and is currently nowhere to be found.

After calls went out on a local Facebook page, residents have been flooded with things like ice to keep insulin cold.

They say they hope corporate is listening and things get better soon.
KWWL has reached out to management for comment, but have not received a response.

Four days, no air conditioning, cold water, or hot meals.

However, the community has really stepped up and delivered supplies.

The residents said the support has been overwhelming.

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