Saturday, January 31, 2009
Ice Storm 2009 and 2007
I just received an email from my cousin who lives in southeast Missouri. I tweaked it a bit to keep their names out of the story. But this is what the past week has been like for them.
All power went out on Tuesday but they were able to buy a generator.
They emptied out the refrigerator, and put everything in the garage since it was cold enough to keep the food they had. With the generator they were able to run the refrigerator, a light, one TV and computer They can't cook so they are eating pbj's. .
Her husband works for the telephone company and is still working out there trying to get as many people back in phone service as possible. It isn't always possible because there are so many roads closed and they can't do anything until the power company deals with their lines that are down. He has to be extremely careful and test every wire before touching. He says it really is like walking in a war zone...he never knows when a tree limb or line, or building could just crash down on him. He said, "I am wearing my hard hat and that's the best I can do". He is working 7 days a week until this is done but isn't working past dark because of the increased danger of walking on a live line that is down. Her son worked until the big semi took out the two main lines that were sagging which took out most of the businesses. It was a huge flash and it sounded like a bomb. She couldn't believe all the crashing and rumbling that has been going on just around their yard. They do have a limb on their house but her husband doesn't think it damaged the roof, won't know until he can get up there to see though. They can't get in and out of the drive way because of the broken limbs. They have a flag pole in their yard and when her husband came in he was singing," and the flag was still there oh say .....just a little mild humor there but true.
So many roads have been closed and sometimes truckers won't go through if there is a line across the road. Her husband helped one yesterday between here and Poplar Bluff. The line was hanging down low and the trucker was parked on the side of the road trying to decide what to do...he couldn't go forward because of the line, he couldn't drive back...the wrong way, couldn't cross where he was. Her husband got his line pole out and held the wire up a little higher while the trucker got through...lots of stories out there like that.
I think this may have been President Obama's first declaration of a disaster area. Not sure though. Her story reminded me of our ice storm in 2007. The picture I posted is of our Weeping Willow tree. It was a huge tree that provided us with a lot of privacy around our pool area. We had to have it removed after that storm. Just last fall we planted another one. We tried a Pine Tree that rotted out from all of the wet weather we had last spring. This current willow should be okay. They grow like weeds. Our weather has been very peculiar these past few years. The ice storm though was one of the strangest things I have ever witnessed in my life time. It was so hard to describe, other than just "EERIE". Hope all the folks that were affected by the ice are doing okay. You don't know how grateful you are for the simplest things until you don't have them.