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Friday, December 29, 2006

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As I’m sure most of you are aware, the huge windstorm we got here in the Pacific Northwest left many people, including myself, without power for a long time. Our house is on a street with six other houses all powered by a set of power poles down our access road. One of those poles snapped during the storm, and put us at the bottom of the list for getting our power back.

The hardest part during the whole ordeal was that we could not get water from the well we share with our neighbor. Luckily, after a few days, our neighbor was able to get a generator and we had water again. Since we have propane, we were able to run our fireplace the entire time and kept our house fairly warm.

What was really amazing about the whole thing was the number of trees that fell over power lines. You couldn’t drive a quarter of a mile down any road without encountering a tree at least partly over power lines and/or the road. You’d think in an area with such a propensity for high winds that more of the power lines would be buried. But no, most houses in this area are powered by lines on poles.

We had to throw out almost all the food in our fridge and deep freeze. I think I’ll start looking into a generator before next year’s storms roll in.

» Posted by Queue at 01:39 AM (ET)
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