Ice Storm Jan 27-31, 2009
This is a power line which drooped to eye level. I was walking on our street to go home. Wanted to take this picture so you could get an idea what it was like. We couldn't drive into our area of the subdivision for three or four days. We were without power for four days. The fireplace kept us warm, cooked for us. The hot water heater is gas, so we could take showers. Sorta like a swedish bath -hot to freezing cold! Sitting on the toilet seat was a new experience in 11 degree temps. We had no source of news. We did find an old radio out in the garage that was battery operated, put in fresh new batteries, but it still wouldn't work. It was my husband's before we were married 35 years ago! After the power came back on, we cleaned up our "camp", cleaned out the fireplace, and threw the radio into the garbage can. It began to play!!!
We had a good laugh!
So we survived four days without news, without internet, without downloading to flickr, without charging our cell phones, without poker on line, without heat! Not just us, but thousands of folks in the area, from Arkansas to West Virginia.
Obama might consider burying power lines as a public works project. I'm sure he'd get alot of support about now on that idea.