Sunday, February 9, 2014
Power came back Friday evening and here we are up and running once more
During dramatic and traumatic events such as an ice storm knocking power out for days when the outside temp is below freezing, you learn a lot about yourself..
You also learn even more about others.
So we wish to share for the purposes of being informative, what it was like over the last few days being in an ice storm so massive in sweep and scope that as of noon Sunday there's still about 100,000 people powerless..
Prior to Wednesday morning, Feb 5th, the weather forecasters locally and nationally kept saying to expect the east coast to get snow with our locality to expect 2-4 inches..
Ehh.. shoveled before.. prepared to shovel again.. What ya' gonna' do?
And then gravity took over..
Trees bent over.. branches cracked and fell like toothpicks
And in a blink of an eye, power is gone and you just know deep down that it will take time to restore..
You assume the best, prepare for the worst and start making preparations..
Then its about making sure you're warm because that outside freeze is going to cause that toasty warm house to drop big-time..
We had a portable propane heater so Mission #1 once it was safe to drive was to scour up and down as far as realistic to collect canisters.
Safety driving was the operative term of the day.. most traffic lights were out and few police to navigate so just a lot of impromptu 4-way stops along the way. The smaller roads were worse.. Blocked due to fallen trees
1) A small propane heater can keep a small bedroom comfy when the temp is 45deg out but when its 19deg, its a major struggle..
2) A propane heater requires a window opened a crack to let out the CO2 but when the wind is gusting 20mph in all directions and opening the sill actually allows in more brutal temp, then the purpose is defeated.
So its now Thursday morning.. the house temp is 44 degrees and the feeling upon waking up is like a massive achy hangover without the initial 'fun' of getting' blitzed first..
We decided very quickly to stay at a hotel during that miserable night..
We expected to be there a week based on all information given to us and the devastation seen of broken power lines and tree limbs all over the place so we frantically packed accordingly while bundled up snug..
This included throwing all the perishables inside the fridge and freezer into the trash.. Oh, that was painful, especially on the ole' pocketbook..
Good quality food now inedible and when it comes to something like whether to throw away or not, we remember what salmonella is like and the decision becomes quite easy..
Ugh!! How to fill four hours when dead tired??
So rather than waste it, first thing was we spent time at the local library so we could charge up all the devices which were drained and used their internet to make some contact with the outside world..
Never seen a local library so packed with people.. If only people wanted to read books as badly as they wanted electrical outlets, what a truly educated nation we'd be..
Finally its 4p.. we check in.. Crash into a deep sleep, later shower and just feel normalized...
Some advised us to let a small drip of water flow from every faucet 24/7 to prevent freezing but just something about letting water run when not home didn't sit well so we ran it for a few hours while there...
Its funny how brutal cold (or stifling heat in summer) can make one's home.. something you love and feel a bond with a most unbearable place to sit in and want to get out as quick as your feet will take you..
Finally by evening we got word power was restored.. Yay!
Saturday is checkout, we pick up a small amount of refrigerated goods on the way home and then pretty much all is normal again.. Almost as if nothing ever happened
But as we said at the beginning, we learned a lot about ourselves through the ordeal and even more about others..
We learned or rather re-affirmed who is truly there for us in major bind and which friends and family really care..
And we learned or re-affirmed which neighbors were sincerely nice and helpful, which were pleasant due to the nature of emergency and which are and will always be rat-bastards till their dying breath..
And we learned or re-affirmed the importance of individual initiative..
No one was going to magically come to the rescue and deliver us propane or feed us or provide us a place to sleep..
And now its Sunday.. we're in our home.. Still brutal cold out but warm and toasty inside and just patiently waiting for our next shoveling.. Most likely this evening..
Or next post will be sometime tomorrow or Tuesday at latest..
Posted by Susquehanna at Sunday, February 09, 2014