Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ice Storm

We've been "under the weather" the past week due to an ice storm. The weathermen definitely got this one right. The storm came...and delivered...big time. The pics I'm posting are of the "pretty" ice. The pictures from the destruction caused by the ice aren't pretty at all. So much of the area here looks like a bomb exploded near the trees, or that a tornado came through and ripped the trees. FEMA has been in the area and declared a state of emergency. Clean-up is expected to take quite some time.

All school districts in this part of the state were dismissed early on Monday due to the weather conditions deteriorating, and remained out of school for the remainder of the week. Even the U of A closed, which is a rarity.

The heavy weight of the ice downed power lines and trees throughout the area. I don't know the final count, but on Tuesday over 100,000 homes were without power. My parents lost power at their home on Tuesday morning, and STILL have no electricity today. :-( We lost cable and internet service late Tuesday night, but weren't too worried because we still had power. Once the ice began melting though, it was a different story. We lost power for 3..long.. days. Amazing how long the days/nights seem when you stay indoors and play game, after game, after game with the kids to keep everyone from going stir-crazy. :-) OK, so the kids did venture out to play on the ice for awhile, but not for long.
Today I'm thankful....for so much.


AZMom said...

WOW! I am so glad you are all okay. 3 days without power. Oy! Okay, get all this weather out of the way so if we move there, we can avoid it this year. Do you get ice storms often?

big hugs to you!!

Jill and Rick said...

Oh I'm so sorry that you guys were hit with the ice storm. We were lucky this time, but I never stopped thinking of all the families that were suffering. I know that some are still without power. I'm glad that you all are okay!


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