The Freak Winter Storm
They keep calling this October storm the Freak Winter Storm. Well, I suppose it is but after the storms this year in New England it really should be the Year of the Freak Storms.
It started with record snowfall in January/February 2011. The snowfall was so severe that buildings were collapsing across the state (CT) and even in our house a section of roof collapsed. The entire state was desperate for roof rakes. Who had even heard of a roof rake before this storm? All of a sudden everyone needed to clean off their roofs and resources were being drained everywhere.
Then there were terrible thunder storms in the spring.
Then the tornadoes in Northern CT/Southern MA. We had a little damage during the tornadoes – some siding and gutters.
Then Hurricane Irene – we lost two freezers of food and contents of three refrigerators (three family home). We were without power for five days. All in all the loss of power wasn’t a big deal but the loss of food was a major expense.
Now this major pre-winter storm. Who knows what damage we have this time. No damage to the exterior of the house. But half the house is without power. The power line that runs from the house to the main line on the street has three legs at the junction. One of the three legs has fried – literally. We watched it and smelled it. We have lost all essential items – heat, stove, fridges, microwave and most lights. The good news is we still have some lights, TV and computers. We ran extension cords for the fridges and microwaves to areas of the house that do have power. But it is getting cold. And before we lost power it was literally strobing on and off for 24 hours. That had to cause damage to appliances – hopefully not to the furnace. And the last problem is – we are the only home in this area of the state that doesn’t have power and all emergency crews are on the other side of the state. I have no doubt we are not even on CLP’s radar even though we have made several calls. Plus my daughter is sick – if we have to we will move her to the couch and run a space heater for her.
So it is only October 31st – there are still two months left to this year. Hopefully the storms will subside for the last two months.