Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Big Thaw...

We finally have electricity after five days in the dark because of the horrible ice storm. There was a total blackout in my county last Tuesday. No power...no phones, even cell phone service was gone for days. Many others in my town and surrounding towns are still in the dark and could be for five weeks. No one has worked or gone to school since last Monday. We lost a local police chief when a tree branch fell on him, killing him instantly. Others are in hospitals due to carbon monoxide poisoning. We have crews from surrounding states working round the clock to restore power. There are water boil orders...trees down in the middle of houses...curfews...and churches that have become temporary homes.

We're lucky...it could have been so much worse. We'll all recover from this. I'm just thankful my sister got her power back on before us and we had a warm place to stay. I've never been through anything like this, and I never want to go through it again. I will never take for granted things like batteries...electricity...blankets...flashlights...hot food...and family.

I have pictures, but my camera is still at my sister's house. You have to see it all to believe it. I'll get pics up this afternoon.

3 comments:

MizAngie said...

I've been wondering about y'all since Arkansas got hit so bad. I'm glad to hear things are getting back to some semblance of normal. And very thankful that you're okay.

Take care!

Laoch of Chicago said...

Wow, how awful. I hope this next week will be better for you.

Jeankfl said...

How awful! You all got it this year. Ours was pretty mild. I'm sorry you had to go through what we have before. I know it's weird, and feels unreal to get back to real life again. Just be nice to yourselves.. it's like you've been through a war..
hugs,
Jean