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A week without power

by Steven Haninger / September 20, 2008 10:54 AM PDT

It didn't make national news but hurricane Ike struck as far north as Ohio last Sunday sending category 1 winds through the area. While we had no rain, the 6 hour storm knocked down trees and put about 700,000 people in the dark in central Ohio where we live. It happened that local power crews were sent to Texas where the damage there made ours power look insignificant. We got our power back today after 6 days and there are still plenty more folks who'll need candles an flashlights a while longer. While many are grumbling around here about the slow return to service it's obvious to me that this outage wasn't of the usual "squirrel fry" variety. The chain saw activity clearing downed trees sounds makes it sound like a logging camp around here yet.

All in all...not so bad. The good news is that we were forced to clean out everything in the refrigerator and freezer. All perishables lived up to their reputation....they perished. Of course much of what we found hiding in the fridge and freezer could only be identified as possible science experiments anyway.

Our thanks here go to the Appalachian Power crews and others who came to lend a hand. Thanks, neighbors! Happy

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by EdHannigan / September 20, 2008 12:09 PM PDT
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We had four days a few winters ago. Very cold. I can't imagine a week.

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Maybe should have been longer
by Steven Haninger / September 20, 2008 10:45 PM PDT
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as, after a while, neighbors were actually seen introducing themselves to one another. Happy

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Well, we pretty much camped with theh next door neighbors...
by EdHannigan / September 20, 2008 11:02 PM PDT

since they had a coal stove and fireplace. And I managed to get water jugs filled by a local lady who ran a nearby bait shop, which had a generator and pump. So we all pulled together pretty well.

Half the state was affected. There were power company trucks from Canada helping out. They managed to get the power turned on for the top and the bottom of our street, but not the middle section. The guy across the street chased one of the trucks down as they wee starting to pull out, and brought him back so he could set the correct switch on the pole to turn us back on.

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Saw that on one of the news broadcasts here.
by drpruner / September 20, 2008 3:32 PM PDT
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Might have been BBC World News, though; they catch things.
Glad you survived.
Chicago area also had flooding from Ike.

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Ahh, the freezer.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 21, 2008 5:06 AM PDT
In reply to: A week without power

Dangerous things they are. Who knows what lurks at the bottom of so many freezers around the world?

I haven't dared go near the bottom of my freezer for years! I might find a mammoth. Devil

Glad you're back online.


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