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12 December 2008 @ 06:55 pm
NE Ice Storm  
We've had a massive ice storm, and the power is out all over town (most of the phones are out, too) and not expected back for days.  Our intrepid road crew managed to get most of the roads passable by working all day (probably starting at 4 am, knowing them); they're just about to stop for the night (it's 7 pm here).  We've got our Emergency Operations Center open, though we'll close it for the night any minute now, and open it up tomorrow morning.  My connection is through dialup, stealing the FIrehouse phone line.  (Hey, is that legal?)

The college kids (I checked over there at lunch and at dinner, when they were likely to be in the dining hall) seem to be overjoyed that the power is out.  I hope they stay warm tonight.

I'm fine.  In fact, my house is delightful because, of course, we never heat with anything but wood anyway.  The oil lamps give a nice glow to everything.  And, there being no power, there's no reason not to sleep for a nice long night (I could really use it!)

But first, I have to go out and check on another older citizen - I can't find her, but suspect she went to her sister-in-law's house.

I hope y'all are staying warm!

Check back in with us in a week or so - we'll probably have power again.
ghostrider157 on December 13th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
I hope we are not out for a week

This will suck
Suegorillapotter on December 13th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
...which would explain my email not working. I keep forgetting about that.

hope everything works out ok.
flarenutflarenut on December 13th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
Hope yez are OK down there.

Up here we seem to have been in some kind of perfect-nonstorm microclimate where there was a little freezing rain, but not enough to make roads particularly slippery, much less take down power. (And by microclimate, I mean micro -- C's daycare was closed because no one could get in from the outlying towns, and when J set off for Burlington for an appointment thinking the weather there must be like here, she had to turn back after about 10 miles because the highway had gone pearshaped and her windshield was icing solid. By lunchtime we had blue skies.)
Cryscrystlyte on December 13th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Yow - I hope that your power comes back well before a week. Stay warm and safe.
neblazni on December 13th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
The road crew is indeed amazing -- I'm up in Brattleboro, and when we drove up here at about 6:15, the roads were remarkably clear once we hit Route 9. Way better than I expected.
ginko1ginko on December 13th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thankfully you are doing okay. Wood heat is a good thing. Be safe, and keep in touch.
IS THAT A SLIME-U?rotissimo on December 14th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
The other kids may be delighted, but I was REALLY NOT AMUSED. Even less amused when my flashlight burned out before my laptop's battery even died. I ended up stuck in the pitch-black science building alone all night, because one of my ice cleats fell off on the way up the hill and I was afraid to go outside with traction on only one foot and no light.

Needless to say, the last portion of my Plan did not go in the mail yesterday like it was supposed to. Well.

They closed all the dorms but Howland!! I'm one of the 50 people that got sent to motels. It's exciting.
prairierabbitprairierabbit on December 15th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Wow! Well, wood heat is a Very Good Thing. I hope that you stay warm and that you find that others are all safe. **hugs!**