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Old 12-17-2008, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Well, after 5 days without power, I'm back. My Dh and I spent the last several days hauling water from the lake for the flush and getting drinking water from a neighbor with a generator.
Woodstove kept the house toasty.
I was committed to saving as much foodstuffs as possible so I placed thermometers in the 'frige and freezer. Then I shuffled food between the frozen outdoors and my unheated basement; saved most of the stuff. We ate whatever thawed in time. I will can the berries and wild mushrooms I had frozen and hope for the best.
During the whole ordeal My DH's truck had brake failure so we had to reschedule service on my Jeep to tow in my his truck. We're still down to one vehicle 'til tomorrow. I'll probably owe the garage my firstborn...too bad I can't comply.

Warm, well-fed, but broke.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:37 PM
 
Location: some where maine
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what ice storm??this was nothing compared to 97-98 not even close.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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Wow five days is a long time. That's like the '98 storm was for us. York county got hammered. Glad you're back on the grid! Mainers in general are capable of riding out these situations though they are never all that much fun!
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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We didn't lose power for 1 second... no blinking alarm clocks, nothing. I feel for the rest of you though.
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:11 PM
 
Location: In a van, down by the river.... LOL
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Well, after 5 days without power, I'm back. My Dh and I spent the last several days hauling water from the lake for the flush and getting drinking water from a neighbor with a generator.
Woodstove kept the house toasty.
I was committed to saving as much foodstuffs as possible so I placed thermometers in the 'frige and freezer. Then I shuffled food between the frozen outdoors and my unheated basement; saved most of the stuff. We ate whatever thawed in time. I will can the berries and wild mushrooms I had frozen and hope for the best.
During the whole ordeal My DH's truck had brake failure so we had to reschedule service on my Jeep to tow in my his truck. We're still down to one vehicle 'til tomorrow. I'll probably owe the garage my firstborn...too bad I can't comply.

Warm, well-fed, but broke.
T- Glad you have your power back on!!! Take a hot shower and luxuriate!

365 days a year, I keep 5-10 2 gallon jugs of water on hand in case of power failures or bad storms because I have well water.

In the hours leading up to a storm, I fill the two bathtubs with water for flushing toilets.

When we had hurricane Bob came through, we had no power here for ten days. We were hauling trash cans of water back from the pond on the trailer hooked to the lawn tractor to flush the toilets as we had been in Maine (way up on Shin Pond) and just made it over the bridge at the Cape Cod canal before they closed it. I've never been unprepared since that storm! lol

Hope the storms coming through this weekend treat you better than this last one. So far, it looks like the worst area will be down where my daughter is... north of Worcester in the hills.
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Yeah, we're usually pretty good about storm(or evacuation) preparedness. We generally keep bottled water, foodstores for us and the dog in the basement and setup several 5 gallon buckets before a big blow. The long duration was really taxing because of temperature fluctuations. As lonf g as it's below freezing outside we're usually in good shape.
The vehicle problems were an unpleasant additional stress. I just had nearly $500 worth of work done on my Jeep exhaust system and it's still not right.
Winning the lottery would sure help now!
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Maine
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We were without power from thurs nite to tues afternoon. Not at all prepared. Stayed home til friday, I just kept thinking that it would come on any minute...Hah!
We ended up in a hotel getting ripped off with their prices, my husband came home every afternoon to run the kerosene heater for a few hours so pipes wouldn't freeze.
One nice thing, my neighbor who got power before us saw we still didn't have power and said he didn't turn on his Christmas lights in solidarity! I thought that was sweet.
Some other neighbors offered their generator heated homes to share, but we didn't want to be a bother. It wouldn't have been so bad if it hadn't been just before Christmas, some people won't be getting expensive gifts this year, thanks to Holiday Inn. Will we be prepared next time? Probably not...
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Maine
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We lost power for a few minutes a couple of times, that was all thenk goodness.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I watched tv, played on the computer, and drank diet tonic water. Had the generator ready just in case, but we really got missed this time.
I think that all the wind storms we've had lately helped us out. Any trees that were to come down have already come down.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Well, after 5 days without power, I'm back. My Dh and I spent the last several days hauling water from the lake for the flush and getting drinking water from a neighbor with a generator.
Woodstove kept the house toasty.
I was committed to saving as much foodstuffs as possible so I placed thermometers in the 'frige and freezer. Then I shuffled food between the frozen outdoors and my unheated basement; saved most of the stuff. We ate whatever thawed in time. I will can the berries and wild mushrooms I had frozen and hope for the best.
During the whole ordeal My DH's truck had brake failure so we had to reschedule service on my Jeep to tow in my his truck. We're still down to one vehicle 'til tomorrow. I'll probably owe the garage my firstborn...too bad I can't comply.

Warm, well-fed, but broke.
Welcome back!

I have a bunch of food-grade 55-gallon drums. We use a couple for storing potable water. Up high with a faucet, so it is just a matter of opening a faucet, when we need water.

If you wish you can swing by here sometime and pick up a couple drums.

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