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We Have the Power!

And the AC! And the Intarwebz!

The piece of the house to which the power lines and cable are attached is still half-off, so we will need to get someone to do something about that. Some of the roof shingles along there are messed up too.

I am really looking forward to a decent night's sleep with actual air circulation (oh ceiling fan, I missed you so!). The tree people came at 3:00 a.m. (no, I am not kidding) to cut up the fallen tree closest to our house, so we were awakened by the roar of chain saws and the glare of truck-mounted flood lights, because of course we had the windows open, because no AC.

I am also looking forward to a hot shower (OK, really, at this time of year, a warm one would do) after three days of cold showers ... >shudder<

(And a number of other people in the area still don't have power.)

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rachel_reicheru
Aug. 31st, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
YAY power! :D everyone loves power!~

was that structural damaged u posted a few days back all ur house got? or was there more later on?
chomiji
Aug. 31st, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)

No, that was really about it. We had a little bit of leaking through the roof in a couple of places during the worst of the rain. But we're on the crest of a hill, and the nearest stream is a little spring in the park two blocks away, so it wasn't likely we'd have too much of a problem with damage from the water - unlike what happened in Vermont and upstate New York. In our county, they've been very wise about flood areas: they usually declare them park land, so that when flooding occurs, the worst that usually happens is some picnic tables and such get washed downstream.

The house is old (built around 1929) and has structural issues anyway. One side is settling faster than the other, and so we have cracks in the walls here and there.

flemmings
Aug. 31st, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Shades of 2003 (shudders at the memory.) Power, lovely power, never ever leave me.
chomiji
Aug. 31st, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)

Oh, yeah, I was definitely reminded of Isabel! We had just moved into this house at that point. Just like then, the problem here was mainly some of our big, old trees toppling over and taking down the power lines. We actually got power back much sooner this time - we were out for at least five days for Isabel.

What is it with these "I" storms? I remember worrying about Hurricane Inez back when I was a kid (1966).

flemmings
Aug. 31st, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
Actually, Isabel was nothing when she got here, in spite of dire warnings and 'megastorm to hit Toronto!' headlines. I was thinking of the mid-August blackout that affected Ontario and a lot of the NE USA. Took out chunks of PA and NJ but apparently didn't get as far as MD. Which is fine; you had Isabel.
lawless523
Aug. 31st, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you're power's restored. Going this long without electricity and A/C definitely trumps short-lived flood in basement and lack of hot water for the same period. You should be much more comfortable now, I expect.

So The Young Lady is safely stowed in her dorm room now? I hope her summer job went well. How was work affected by the storm -- were you let out like kids on holiday?

What with everything going on here, we had quite the full day, and I made dinner, which is not the norm these days. But the conversation at the dinner table was one of the best we've had in a while. We learned the Beijing Zoo is really in a sorry state and that kittens are not coddled in China, or at least not in the household of the grandparents of Ally's host student.
lady_ganesh
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Hot showers are the best invention of civilization. THE BEST.
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