This is the second thread in the saga of the ice storm that devastated the mid-South states. KY, TN, AR, MO, IL and IN were the worst hit, but many others were affected as well.
On a good note..our business got power about 30 minutes ago!!! The trucks were unfamiliar to me, so they were from another area. Bless those guys who are away from home and getting us back up and running!!!
I am glad to hear that there is progress in Western Ky. I think other than the tree totaling DMIL's car, I only lost the top of a magnolia. Don't know what to do with it, and on that note, I have decided that I will leave it as it is, and maybe it will grow from there.
Yeah, Sharon, good to see you posting,as well as Lisa. Tough pioneer women resurrected!!
I can relate to the trucks from elsewhere. In Jan. 05 we had our bad ice storm and the guys who finished getting power on were from St. Joseph, Michigan. We were off power for 68 hours...yes you tend to count the days and hours!
We had a terrible ice storm/flood in 97. I remember the power poles snapping in half. No power for 4 days. I was REALLY pregnant at the time. I remember going outside and how scary it was and how LOUD it was! All the cracking of the trees. It was deafening! We are bracing for an ice storm starting at midnight through tomorrow night followed by a snow storm.
The pictures made me sad. I just remember how awful it was to lose so much, so many trees, its just sad. Hope everyone is ok.
We are back to normal, and with the nice warmer weather today, DH walked to the back of our 30 acres, which is mostly woods, and he came back almost in tears. Saying that he has never seen such devastation. It will take weeks of work with a chain saw to clear what one night of ice brought down. I know that he will find folks who will be able to use the wood, and he will offer it for free, keeping some for ourselves. This storm taught us many things, and I hope we don't ever have to use those things we learned.
I've been MIA for the past few days and am glad to see that things are beginning to get back to some kind of normal for y'all. Each of you have continued to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs&blessings ... ~Susan
Aw, (((Bonnie & DH))) Sorry to hear about the tree damage in the woods. It's odd how an ice storm can go from being so beautiful in the first few hours, to downright frightening with the cracking/falling limbs and treacherous roads, to devastation when all of the damage is found after the melt. I'm sure the cut wood will be a blessing to those who recieve it, though.
Bonnie, I am so sorry about your trees! You and your DH are in my thoughts and prayers, as you clean up. How kind of you both to offer the wood to those who need it. I hope you never have to use those lessons either.
Strangest weather I have ever known. We are in the upper 60's now with sunshine, and have been throughout the weekend.
Bonnie, here's an idea...I have been looking at these lincoln logs all over my yard, and finally decided I would use the long straight "logs" from the maples to outline more flower beds, and the long skinny branches for teepee trellises for clematis or whatever climber I have. Maybe a strong one for the rose climbers. I don't have a fireplace, so the true logs will go to whomever needs them. Believe me, our community won't be without firewood for a long time to come.
I did have an insurance adjustor out yesterday, and NO ROOF DAMAGE. I danced around after he left...because he handed me a nice tidy little sum for all my refrigerated and frozen food loss and for the cleanup to my driveway...as well as for the one loosened shingle on my roof. I had used what I could from the freezer, but some things were lost...maybe because I couldn't cook fast enough, and maybe because it was about 3 days before I came out of my stupor and started cooking on top of the stove.
Bernie...I sure hope you all don't have to go through this, too. I am so ready for spring.
I hope I don't forget the lessons I learned from all of this trauma.
And thanks, "another Bonnie"...you have very effective prayers.
My neighbor across the street. He even got some lift equipment to get him up to where the broken stuff was...he also set the field on fire and had to have our poor little fire truck come out and put it out.
Poor fire guys have been running up and down the road all weekend. We're not supposed to burn because of the winds, but some people just can't listen. They had 3 calls on sat, 2 on Sun and I heard them 2 times today...(they're volunteers)
Lots of trees on houses and through roofs. My sis's neighbor has a oak tree through their picture window. I saw a mobile home that looked chopped in half because of the tree that split it down the center.
Insurance adjusters are busy little bees at the moment.
This is the first time online since i posted our damage here in Johnson co. AR on the other thread.
Got a little worried last night when we had high winds and a thunderstorm go thru. I still have broken limbs hanging over my house. The Arkansas Valley Electric CO, is going to come and cut the limbs down for me as soon as they can. They're still working on getting power on. It will take someone in one of those buckets to reach the limbs as they are so high.
FEMA came by and would'nt help me as they were afraid i'd sue them if a limb fell on the house while they were working on it. I could'nt change their minds. My opinion of FEMA dropped some more. If God keeps hanging on to those limbs till my electric co gets here, i won't have any house damage.
It is so nice to have electricity. Can you all imagine the miracle of walking into a room clicking a switch and immediately have light.LOL
I guess i'm having a sort of
post stress syndrom. Everytime i hear of something good happening i start crying for happy. dumbest thing i ever heard of.
Thanks for the prayers. They were appreciated and needed.
Wow. Just now seeing this thread. Of course we were 7 days without power here at the farm, so I had no way of getting online and almost as long without home phone or cell phone. We learned to be incredibly creative. We had the wood furnace (no blower) and the house stayed at a steady 62. We used a portable campstove in the house (it uses the little propane cylinders. We also cooked on our gas grill outside. We went through a lot of candles and oil lamps and couldn't find lamp oil anywhere.. We fixed a kerosene heater and brought it to a friend in Louisville whose house was at 32. I read two books.
Oh and our daughter, her hubby and three kids came out to stay with us as their home was a nice cool 40 degrees! We lost a lot of trees :(
This windstorm of yesterday wiped out a lot more trees. I figure that we won't be happy until there are no trees left in KY, in the past year, our county has been hit so hard by every storm one could imagine! It was a year ago last week, during the ice storm, that the tornadoes hit our community and damaged/destroyed 75 % of it and the trees...well they haven't had a chance to get all the trees picked up from last year!
Our greenhouse was destroyed in yesterday's windstorm. DH had been working on it for a month trying to get it so that chickens didn't get in and we could use it. It's been hit by every storm.
This is the greenhouse last night, during the windstorm. DH finished working on it the day before the storm, he'd been fixing it for at least a month! Several of the bars have been bent and will collapse if we try to redo it again and have another storm. :(
When we visited last fall, I was thinking KY would be a nice place to spend the winter. I think I changed my mind. We have some nice properties for sale here. It only gets cold & a snowstorm now & then. Snow only buries us, don't do damage, maybe a little at times. Yes, when you think about it, the weather will get you no matter where you live.
I know all you guys will get things back to somewhat normal because you all are so hard working & neighborly.
Kathy, I am so sorry for your latest loses in this wind storm. Thankfully, we only had some downed limbs, and some objects rearranged, but nothing like what you have. My t & p's are with you as you all try to regain some ground.
Sharon, good to see the "new beginnings". I was out day before yesterday and saw daylilies waking up, and iris, and some spring bulbs, just a poking through the ground. A good sight after all the destruction around.
A friend of mine, up there in MN commented, after hearing about the damage that we sustained from Hurricane Isabel a few years ago, that Mother Nature is an equal opportunity pain-in-the-butt.
Kathy, I am so sorry for all the damage. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon, good to see the little green growing things happening!
Hang in there, spring is coming! Driving to work this morning, little ornamental fruit trees along the road are in bloom! One of our camellias has color in the buds, and should start blooming shortly. The pink one on the left side of the porch always puts out buds and blossoms early. We keep trying to tell it to wait, because almost every year, we have a cold snap, and it has pink blooms with brown edges for a while. The variegated camellia on the other side of the porch is much more cautious, waiting until the pink one stops showing brown edges. We haven't even had much winter, and I am ready for spring. I wanna' see green!
Glad to hear the good news of green things spotted. Went out and looked and found some Daffys and hyacinths showing green. My 2 redbuds lost no limbs thank goodness nor did my giant cherry trees. Sorry to hear Melody still has no electricity. My 3 large limbs are still dangling over my bedroom and sewing room. Electric Co still has'nt time to come and cut them down. I'm not complaining and am thankful they will cut them for me also not as scared they'll come down on me at any time.
Drove down to see a neighbor and was glad to see they had no damage except they lost a guinna foul from the cold. Their emus came thru with flying colors.
Tomorrow i'll burn limbs before it gets dry again. I'll let our fire dept know i'll be burning. I always feel better knowing they are aware this foolish old woman is at
it again. LOL
On our local news this morning a man from Minneapolis-St.Paul area that was in Paducah working on electric lines. He was killed when a pole he was on broke & he fell 40 ft. Then the transformer hit him. His family said they donated his organs, so he kept on helping even in death.
It happened just west of Paducah and the whole area is just heartsick over it. There were two men hurt, but one was not as serious.
Bernie, this is pretty much a once in a lifetime storm. My Mom will be 80 this year, and she's never seen anything like this before. The closest was 1937, and it was a flood that froze. Her brothers ice skated on the front lawn.
We have ice storms, but never like this..the ice hangs around for a couple of days and life goes on as usual. Power losses would be in individual structures, and the power crews get them right back up in just a short time. We've never had to call in outside help, or had a disaster declared over ice.
Bernie, Melody is right. We've lived here over 21 years and this is the worst ice storm I've ever seen; but Melody do you remember the snow storm of (was it) 94? That was the worst snow storm, the whole state was closed down for a week. That storm changed a lot of things, like we finally have snow plows in KY...they were using grader blades to plow the roads and interstates. It is also the reason why whenever anyone hears the "S" word, there is no bread or milk to be found!!!!
Kentucky is just the epicenter of storms in the past year, but I believe it's moving out to sea!!!!
You know what's really sad? I was born and raised in Massachusetts, snow country...and I don't even own a snow shovel!!!!
I lived in NC once when a snowstorm (4 inches) came in (Camp LeJeune). No plows there either, couldn't even find a shovel and I remember "shoveling" the sidewalks outside our place with a garbage can lid. It works in a pinch (the metal kind)...
I was in NC one year too (Cherry Point) when we got an ice storm. A bunch of us decided to drive down to the beach to see what it was like covered in ice. Well we went into a bar there on the beach, started drinking and shooting pool. When we came out a few hours later the snow was so deep you could barely see my car and the drifts were several FEET over the roads. Needless to say we were stuck in the bar all night! and at a friends house down the beach for about three days afterward. (No we didn't party too much...)
In 1972 I lived on the home farm in central MN. A freak rain storm came along. Between 3PM & 3AM we received 17" of rain. Only an area about 30 miles in diameter. Roads washed out & rivers changed courses. Lake not far from us, 1 mile wide & 10 miles long, rose over 4 feet. River that usually flowed out was flowing into the lake.
An old timer, 95 years old at the time, who lived on the lake all his life said he never saw that before! This happened on July 22.
Super bowl blizzard of 1975 snowed in MN for nearly one week. Couple feet of snow, followed by 2 days of high wind. Then super cold, -30º for a number of nights. We didn't lose electric, but some areas were out for a week. Back then nearly every farm in the state still had milk cows. Not many generators back then either.
Lots of freak storms in all parts of the world over the years.
My goo'ness, just lookit all these weather stories!
Why I remember the time I was backpacking and hitch-hiking the Southeastern United States wearing nothing but shorts, T-shirt, a pair of flip flops and a hat 'cus that's what the weather demanded. The temperature was so warm chickadees and bats bartered and traded for the various mosquitoes each of them caught, the menu was a smorgasbord for them.
The next thing I knew, upon awakening the next morning, the red stripe on the thermometer (I always carried one, ya know) appeared to have dove for cover, signaling cold weather. Birds hunkered down somewhere for warmth, butterflies froze solid in mid-air, pirouetting in the slightest breeze but never touching ground. As for me, two days later I realized I should put on some long pants, an extra t-shirt, and thought it wise to wear my flip-flops on my ear lobes, for extra warmth, ya see. Yep, that was the Summer that snowed so deep people's ears were dragging the ground. Why, I'll never forget the time...(whoops, ♫♫ never mind... ♫♫).
Those of you cold, wishing you warmth. Those of you hot, wishing you cool!
Hah! I knew that would come back to bite me! *grin
Each year I hope to go, setting money aside, making sure the van will travel safely, hoping my mkt items will be either sold out or whatever. But noooo...I still have plants and produce coming in that need to be dealt with in September and into October. (The few years I made it to the Round Ups I hired someone to come in every day and tend to things. Wish me luck this year! I hope to have a more "seasoned helper" to cover for me.)
Hope to see KY this year! I'll scatter seeds and saplings everywhere I go in an effort to replace trees lost due to the ice storm!
Shoe, I live in KY and that's why I haven't made it since the last time you were there! Hard to get away that time of year.
And we'd sure appreciate your leaving a trail of trees...that goes for anybody passing through here.
We've lost a lot of em...
BTW, Postmandug if you read this...I was in Bardstown yesterday (at Boone's) and couldn't believe how many trees y'all have lost. And what about the tree on top of the car on the side street almost to the circle! Wasn't even my car and it made me want to cry!
Shoe, and Misty, just bring the produce to Barkley, and we will set up a market, with advertising so the folks who live there will be your customers. A vacation while you work, now ain't that a kick in the pants?
Well I can go a lot of places without the computer...but not the cell phone. And just what did I ever do without it?!!!!
When I went to Honduras, I had my cell phone. I was the point of contact. But my phone rarely worked there and every time someone tried to call me for the farmers market (I asked everyone not to) it cost me $2.99!
They finally got power back to the last school in the county so the kids will be back to school tomorrow. I'm so glad. I know they must be falling behind. Knock came home with a note last week letting us all the holidays they will be going to school to make up for the missed days. No days off for Easter.
I apoligise, i just realized i've been posting on a KY thread. Did'nt mean to but in. We are just having the same problems in AR as you. Sorry again.
Just one more bit of news. My crocus opened up today. One little sign of spring. :)
Doug, that looks like a wonderful little town! Reminds me of Edenton and Hertford, NC. Same problem, though, hardly any natives to be found with all the people moving in from up north. DH grew up in the area, and he hardly knows anyone.
Glad everyone is recovering from the storm. Hope that's the last of the bad weather for a looong while!
We've had really nice weather the last few days. Got tons of catch up work done at the barn Hauled 2 big loads of compost from the barn to the house to make more beds for Spring planting. Should have 2 more days of nice weather before it rains and snows again. Colder temps but tolerable and sunshine. I'll take that! LOL We even got to do a little bit of carting and riding.
cando1, yep, what Melody said. Your area is in the same boat as KY and the other nearby states. Besides, one of my favorite rivers is your Spring River, have camped on its banks several times. If you're in that area I know what a beautiful place that is.
I'm not from Ky or Ar or Tenn but been there! Those are some of my "Homes away from Home" so I gotta make sure everything is back to normal!
Something that we might want to consider, especially with the spring storms coming. We need to have a designated 'buddy' who lives in another part of the country. If something happens in your state, as soon as possible, let the 'buddy' know that you are ok. We talked about this after Katrina because so many were without internet access for awhile.
Nothing formal, but just let someone know that you'll get in touch with them so that they can let us here at DG know if you are ok...or if you need anything.
Nope, Doug...mine didn't work for about the first 5 days. I have an iphone, and sometimes I could see messages, but couldn't send out. I did however manage to get on to DG, and saw where Mel had posted, so knew she was OK. Think with being DG admin, she might have had some sort of stronger access, plus generator, so I knew she was OK. Eventually I got word out and she found that I hadn't gone down with the trees, too.
I was just lucky. My cell service is with Verizon and they had automatic generators that came on as each tower lost power. I never lost cell service. I also have a broadband card from them just for service interruptions and travel. That has kept me on line the last 37 days.
It was simply luck that I had a service that had made contingency plans for power outages.
The youth group from church just now left from cleaning the remaining debris from my yard, so by the time the plants are ready, I'll be ready. Found blooms I didn't know I had, yayyyy. Crocus, daffs...hellebores ...all lurking beneath the mess. I'm happy!
Anyway, maybe +/-10. I am sure you have other takers, but I'll take whatever you want to throw my way.
I just remembered how much you loved those I hauled up to the gallery that day...they'll all be old heirlooms with that great flavor..I'll make sure to earmark you a good variety of shapes colors and tastes...There will be plenty..trust me.