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Jerry's Jottings

April 18, 2013

by Jerry Johnson
The test of Mother Nature's assault is over, for the time being. The test of our resilience is continuing. Many were without the basic services, some still are. Electricity powers most everything we require to get thru the day. I believe we set a record in Fulda going 25 hours without our lifeline. The simple joy of a hot cup of coffee was an accomplishment. Heat for many was impossible, some had generators, some used their gas stove or heaters and some used the wood burning fireplace. The saving grace was the fact that the temperature was only a few degrees below freezing. Most had a warm house and were in bed or going when the power quit around 10:30 P.M. Few had any hope of having power on Thursday with lines down and poles broken being widespread. The city crew had most of the streets cleared of tree limbs before the snow started on Wednesday night. Falling branches and chunks of ice made clean up perilous.

We shared the warmth of our fireplace with six neighbors and we were all prepared for another powerless night when the lights came on at 11:30 P.M. Thursday night. No one went back to a cold house.

The response of the service crews repairing electric lines, telephone lines and cable tv lines was fantastic. There has been a lot of clean up since Thursday but it will be quit awhile before the job is complete. Power for some in more remote areas should be restored by the end of this week.

We have a gas stove and a gas grill so hot food was not a problem but the habit of flipping on a light switch every time I went into a room was hard to break. Looking out the windows at a dark erie community was a lonely feeling. Ice and branches hitting the houses was all one could hear. In all the ghostly black night, there was a glow of warm light in the church basement next door. It could be battery backup or some other intervention.

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Have a good week.


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