Kentucky Ice Storm #1: 18 days, no power, no heat, no water, no problem, yeah right!

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Blog entry by jim1953 posted 02-17-2009 03:06 AM 3575 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ice storm hit on January 26, was 4 days before we could get down our road, all poles were snapped as well as the trees. Went 18 days with no power, we ate good though! The freezer was full of meat and thank goodness for gas grills! All of Western KY was without power, there were 2 hour waits at gas stations, which were few, no power to run the pumps, places ran out of gas, kerosene and propane. We did have a 60 lb propane tank for my wall heater in garage, I fashioned a stand and brought it into the house, stayed about 70 degrees inside. The worst part was no running water, we have a well. There was a buying frenzy of generators everywhere, I figure this summer money will be tight and I’ll be able to get one for a song, hopefully will never need it but I want to be a good boy scout!
The pictures are of our yard, and road, it will be years to clean up all the damaged trees.





-- Jim, Kentucky

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#1 posted 02-17-2009 03:13 AM


-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 02-17-2009 03:13 AM

Jim have you ever thought of living somewhere a little warmer! Thats looks just plain horrible! good luck with getting thru that one. It,s a bit nippy in the philippines today ,might have to wear a T shirt!

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 02-17-2009 03:30 AM

IN 2002 I was in a similar situation in Kansas City. Ice storm, 8 days without power. After 2 days we broke down and got a generator. It wasn’t as bad, mostly residential areas with above ground lines that were out, most of the stores and gas stations had underground wires. Since then we have needed it 3 more times for power outages, usually overnight, one time 3 days. However we used it at a craft fair, neighborhood park for a blow up jumping gym. Don’t regret getting one. Kept my pipes from freezing numerous times.

A co-worker of my wifes lost power in a wind storm/tornado situation in August 06. It was 90+ degrees and she was complaining about no AC. She even had the nerve to say, this wouldn’t be so bad if it was fall or winter, then you wouldn’t be sweating. My wife didn’t hesitate to inform her how bad it would be in the winter without power. This is just more evidence.

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#4 posted 02-17-2009 03:39 AM

it happens every winter here albeit its usau;lly only a few hours or a day before the lights go back on

I feel your pain

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 02-17-2009 03:49 AM

We were hit by the central Massachusetts ice storm in December. We had no power for 11 days. Since we have town water, we at least had cold water. We had two big snowstorm during that time. Thank goodness we have a wood stove and some wonderful neighbors. We made it through with no burst pipes.

I have two boys, ages 4 and 6. They used to like to play “The Lantern Game” by turning out all the lights and using a lantern for light. On the third day of the power outage, the 4-year-old said, “I like to play The Lantern Game for a few hours, but this is not fun.”

We too will be shopping for a deal on a generator this summer. I told my wife that we just need one that is big enough to power my workshop!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#6 posted 02-17-2009 04:16 AM

Jim, I live in Pikeville, and we missed this one for once. My father lives in Johnson County and was hit pretty hard, had the national guard there helping out. Good to here you are thawing out now.

-- F.Little

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#7 posted 02-17-2009 04:49 PM

Snow, Ice, Wind Storms, We’ve seen the after-effects, entire communities without power!

Here are some tips on how to safely restore power due to unexpected power outages and safely use emergency generators.

How to Choose the Right Emergency Electric Generator

How to Safely Operate a Portable Generator and Transfer Switch

Generator Safety Frequently Asked Questions

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#8 posted 02-17-2009 05:07 PM

Jim Glad you are all safe and sound and warm again.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 08-08-2016 06:54 AM

I remember the storm well !! I was on my way back from working in Baltimore and couldn’t make contact with my family. I made it back to Bowling Green about 5pm and made two trips north to Muhlenberg county to bring family back to my house. My mother woke up sick about 4 in the morning and I took her to the hospital where they admitted her for pneumonia. She was in the hospital for 3 weeks .

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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