(NECN: Julie Loncich: Walpole, Mass.) - "If it wasn't for the power outage, I would have considered this storm a dud," said John Broderick of Walpole.
John Broderick summed up the way most Bay Staters felt the day after Irene. For hundreds of thousands in Massachusetts, it's now been more than 24 hours in the dark.
In Randolph, and in communities throughout the area, intersections were powerless, with police directing traffic.
Walpole's town administrator is also frustrated. With nine streets still closed, and the first day of school looming, he estimates anywhere between 50 and 70 percent of residents are without power.
"We recognize that they're trying to get to it but we obviously have a growing frustration," said Walpole Town Administrator Michael Boynton.
"Eimo Digiacomo has lived in Walpole for 40 years. He's used the time to clean up the yard and enjoy the finer things in life," said Digiacomo.
"Arguing with my wife (laughs), only kidding. Just hanging around, reading a book, under the candlelight," said Digiacomo.
Digiacomo's neighbor has given utility crews his own deadline.
"If it's back by tomorrow night then I'll be OK because then I can watch the Red Sox play the Yankees," said Broderick.
In nearby Brockton, crews were out and lights turned on for quite a few people, but not in time to save the ice cream. It's all adding to the frustration of thousands who just want to get back to normal.
"I'm sure they're doing the best they can. Unfortunately for some of us it's not good enough," said Broderick.