I was without power for 8 days after Isabel in 2003, and many areas around me were out much longer, I feel your pain! It was a crew that had come up from New Orleans that finally restored power to my house, and our crews returned the favor two years later after Katrina. The entire nation will pool together resources to get power back to Houston, Galveston and the heavy-hit areas- I tell you what, it really is amazing to see so many power trucks from so many areas concentrated in one area after a big storm.
People may bitch about how long it takes, but let me tell you, there is some CHEERING when the power does come back, and as far as I'm concerned, the ECs and linemen who work night and day to restore power after storms like this are heros.
Best of luck with the recovery effort! And if you happen to have time to take any pictures of downed transmission towers or things like that, I know we'd love to see