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So January 27th a ice storm swept across northern Arkansas and South Missouri, over the course of 36 hours or so, we received over two inches of ice.

Power went out for miles and miles as trees and poles fell under the tremendous weight of the accumulating ice. I was told the "main transmission" lines fell, blacking out the whole area. Nothing was open the first week, the nearest gas stations had lines several hours long until they ran out of gas. No restaurants, or businesses opened for two days, as they got generators, a few places opened, but we are just not prepared for this type of storm, we rarely loose power for any amount of time, I can only remember once or twice that we went for more than two days without it.

This was declared a federal disaster, they are still totaling the damage estimates, it's going to be very high.

I live in a small town, 3,000 or so population. For nearly weeks a week and a half, there was no power any where in town. There were 15,000 poles reported down in the county I live in. I have a co worker who just got power today, Feb 17th, and another who probably won't have it for two more weeks.

The utility workers poured in immediately, I saw license plates from nearly every state. I talked to line workers saying this damage is the worst they had seen in years and these were seasoned linemen.

I was very busy checking on neighbors, rigging generators, clearing limbs, I wanted to take more pictures, but often forgot to grab my camera. Here are a few I did take.

I am going to upload several groups of 4.

The first pictures are a tree that fell on my Dad's neighbor's carport- the tap root broke, the whole tree fell, the base of the trunk is 4 feet in diameter. The whole left by the root ball was 8 feet wide and nearly 6 feet deep.
 

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Third picture down is an electric service drop coated in ice

Last picture is coax cable :eek:
 

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Lastly, the seed plant I work at: We didn't get power there until Feb 11th.
 

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Glad to see you're back on the grid, we were worried about you :)
 
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The ice all melted away, but this is what was left in it's wake:
 

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Glad to see you're back on the grid, we were worried about you :)

I am glad to be back- I got bored once we got everything cleaned up- I even read a novel or two :eek:
 
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...:eek:...That looks like something that should only be seen in horror movies...I'm glad that everyone survived the ordeal...
 
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Hey quick question, when the power goes out, the gasoline pumps no workie right? Like if you drive up to a gas station, you cant pump gas right?
 
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Hey quick question, when the power goes out, the gasoline pumps no workie right? Like if you drive up to a gas station, you cant pump gas right?


You'd be correct- power outages are so uncommon here, nobody and I mean nobody had backup generators. Imagine everyone for a 100 mile wide swath all the way across the top of Arkansas clammering for generators and gas cans and gas. The lucky few stations who had power pumped all the gas they had in short order, but the nearest station was over 60 miles from me for the first two days.

Fortunately, my cousin owns a "bulk plant", he pumped gas out of delivery trucks for a few days until generators were available.
 
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You'd be correct- power outages are so uncommon here, nobody and I mean nobody had backup generators. Imagine everyone for a 100 mile wide swath all the way across the top of Arkansas clammering for generators and gas cans and gas. The lucky few stations who had power pumped all the gas they had in short order, but the nearest station was over 60 miles from me for the first two days.
Hmm.. that .. sounds .. strangly familiar.... Did you by any chance see these two? :)


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You'd be correct- power outages are so uncommon here, nobody and I mean nobody had backup generators. Imagine everyone for a 100 mile wide swath all the way across the top of Arkansas clammering for generators and gas cans and gas. The lucky few stations who had power pumped all the gas they had in short order, but the nearest station was over 60 miles from me for the first two days.

Fortunately, my cousin owns a "bulk plant", he pumped gas out of delivery trucks for a few days until generators were available.

I was just thinking how thankful I am for not living in an area that has to put up with ice and snowstorms. But since you put it that way, we have this at least once every two years--we just call it "hurricane season." :D

And as much as it happens and people buy generators and stuff, there's always a rush on them right before and after a storm. And you'd better get gas a few days in advance, because if you wait right before evacuation, there's been a rush on the stations and you won't be able to get gas to get out.
 
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I lived threw two major ice storms in the past two years. It looked like an atom bomb went off. We had same scenario with no power. I went for 13 days, in 0 degree weather without power. I had to stand in line for hours on end every other day for kerosene for the heater. We cooked with propane using the camping grills, and burned fires round the clock.

The aftermath was terrible. There were so many roads blocked off from downed trees, it was a chore just to navigate. My street was almost impassable. We did not have one single tree undamaged. To this day, it is strange looking at trees with no tops, or stripped of their branches. I had an evergreen completely stripped to the bone. The pile of branches insulated all the ice till April. The storm happened in January! I will never forget how strangers became friends, and helped one another in time of need. The out of state crews stayed for months cleaning up debris.

The second storm was more a pita due to we had no trees left to demolish from the previous year. It just shut down power for a few days, and driving was a pain till the ice melted.

My weather head was tore off the house and was out in the front yard. The power was restored, but an electrician did not show up for several days after. The electric company set it up so, only a licensed master electrician with a special code could call in the repair, then they would switch on the juice. I was at the mercy of their schedule.

I still have damage from the storm to tend to, as do many others around here. It was 2 years ago when this happened, and it will take time to get back to normal. Wait, it will never be the same, the devastation to the trees will take longer to repair then I have years to live.

I hope you and yours are doing fine during this. I have been there, and I understand 100% what it is to live threw a major ice storm. If you need anything at all, I am a 3 hr drive away, just holler, and I will be there for you.
 
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Well, this is a once in 15 year occurrence here- the next time it happens, I will be ready. I'm going to wait a few months, the generators bought for this will turn up for sale, I'm going to buy one big enough to run my house. I will have a fuel barrel before next winter, use lots of stabilizer and fill it ahead of time. If I don't use it in the winter, its lawn mower gas for the summer. :D
 
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In Aug '07 we were hit with a bad microburst and a few towns over mighta gotten a twister. We were without power for 36hrs. This was enough for the parents to get a natural gas generator from Lowes. Runs once a week and will power 3/4 of the whole house. The upstairs bedrooms don't get power and a few random circuits (my welder.) Whether fortunately or unfortunately (I wanna try the damn thing) we haven't used it for more than 15 minutes. However, when the time comes, it's going to be damn nice! Totally worth the investment and once I own a place, I'll get one to at least run the essentials...

Oh and we used to have a 2 outlet 5hp generator and it was just a pain to use. The new unit is much nicer. Auto on and silent!
 
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