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Snowed out of our house

February 11th, 2010 at 03:52 pm

Those of us on the east coast have been buried under record snowfall this year. We've officially broken the all-time snow record by over 6 inches as of last night (and it is only early February). This week alone, we've had two major storms totaling over 40 inches which is unheard of in this area (hence the record).

Anyway, while most people have been snowed in, we actually got snowed OUT. Last night while I was washing the dinner dishes, I saw a bright flash out the back window. My wife happened to be looking out the front window at the time and saw the transformer blow on the electric pole and out went the power. Considering it was still snowing heavily and the number of homes without power was in the tens of thousands, we figured it could be quite a while before a crew got out there to fix the problem and restore power. So we decided to escape and spend the night at a hotel.

I called the local Fairfield Inn and booked a room, then went out and cleaned off the car and shoveled enough of the driveway so I'd be able to get out. My wife and daughter packed overnight bags while I was doing that and we hit the road. It was kind of eerie as roads that are usually heavily traveled interstates were deserted. Between home and the hotel, I doubt that we saw more than a dozen cars. We made it there safely and checked into a nicely lit and heated room, two things that were lacking at home.

This morning, I called the house and the answering machine picked up so I knew the power was back on. We had breakfast (included with the room) and packed up and came back to the house. Other than one large tree branch coming down (no damage done), everything was in order. So ended our little snow adventure. And only a tiny ding to the savings for an unplanned hotel stay.

7 Responses to “Snowed out of our house”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Glad you could get out and stay warm. The last time that happened to us, we were stuck at home for 6 days and nights with no electricity and no running water. We camped out in front of the fireplace and hauled water from the river we lived on. Too primitive for me!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Is your street getting plowed? Can't imagine how else it would be passable. From the pics I've been seeing on TV, I am impressed with how well some cities are able to clear the roads.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Glad you were able to have a nice mini-retreat at a hotel and not much damage to boot!

    My worst experience with power outage was 4 days in early April (freak ice storm). The hotels were in the same boat so no relief there. I suppose I could have escaped farther away, but I had to work. THEY, of course, had power. But at least that way I got to stay warm during the day!

  4. fern Says:

    Weren't you afraid of your pipes bursting with no heat?

  5. thriftorama Says:

    I'm snowed in too. We've had about 20 inches and there is more on the way. Roads are clear today,though.

  6. disneysteve Says:

    Joan, yes our street gets plowed regularly. Our town does a great job with snow removal. That is one reason I don't get overly upset about our property taxes. We do get great service for the money.

    fern, yes I was worried about pipes freezing but there wasn't much of anything I could do about it. Fortunately, the power was only out for about 6 hours so it wasn't an issue.

  7. Jerry Says:

    We had that happen when we were home in Maine last winter and an ice storm would lead the power lines to fall... some kindly friends in a neighboring town (with power) invited us for a couple of days to keep warm and have lights! The only thing I have heard of that offers any insurance against frozen pipes is to leave the water running a trickle while you are gone (or asleep overnight, if it is very very cold...)
    Jerry

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