Monday, December 18, 2006

Monday 18 December, 2006

One week to go 'til Christmas morning!

Week 29 - Storms

The Ice Storm of 1998 (also known as Ice Storm '98) was a massive ice storm that struck a relatively narrow track of land from Eastern Ontario to southern Quebec to Nova Scotia in Canada, and bordering areas from Northern New York to Southeast Maine in the United States, in January 1998. It caused massive damage to trees and electrical infrastructure all over the area, leading to widespread power outages. Millions were left in the dark for periods varying from days to weeks, leading to more than 30 fatalities, a shut down of activities in large cities like Montreal and Ottawa and an unprecedented reconstruction effort of the power grid

We were without power for three days and without telephone for two weeks. Thankfully we have a wood stove so we stayed warm and are bellies were full. Due to road conditions, downed trees and powerlines, we were housebound for a week.

Eighty hours drizzling
Trees, power-lines, freeze, bend, snap.
Two weeks powerless


Blogger jellyhead said...

That sounds like one nasty storm. The isolation from services would scare me - no way of getting help in an emergency....frightening.

I liked reading about you running (in your previous post). I feel like that about keeping going when I am tired at karate or gym class. I get a buzz when a less fit 20-year-old gives up, and I just keep going and going (partly better fitness, partly just stubborn and too proud to quit!)You can't stop ageing but you can damn well fight it all the way!

6:33 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

When we get a snowstorm I always think of being housebound....therefore my freezer is always stocked I told my Mom we could live in here for 2 weeks and not run out of food. It would be kind of a cozy feeling at first!After a few days of it I would have to get to a Mall! ;)) I love your pictures of the ice on the branches...there is nothing prettier than a winter storm. Makes me want to snuggle up with a good book or a hot man...lmao

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Paris Parfait said...

Fantastic photo and haiku! I know that ice storms can be treacherous, even in the South. You're lucky you had warmth and provisions and lived to tell!

9:27 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

I remember that ice storm so nephew by marriage works for the hydro company here and he was sent to help out over there. He said it was unbelievable the damage it had done...when you look at the pictures, it looks so beautiful but how devastating it actually was! Rel, I'll be on the road most of this week so I want to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!! Hugs xox

9:29 AM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

Extreme weather conditions there! Lovely photos.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the photos are so cool..they make it appear as though everything is covered with glass!
wonderful commemorative haiku.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading your description of the power lines snapping makes me shudder. There are so many consequences of storms.

Your photos look so cold, but I love the sunlight coming through the icy branches.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too love the photos. There is something kind of nice (if you have heat and food) about being stuck at home for a few days. I kind of like the idea of everything just stopping and not being at the mercy of technology. then I'd want it to start up again so I could blog and stuff.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't imagine being housebound for more than a day. It must have been scary not having any electricity. How did you ever survive without the internet? lol j/k.

Beautiful photos and haiku.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Amazing shots! TWO WEEKS...Yikes! Powerless in many ways.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Brian said...

I'm just reading a novel that has this storm as the centerpiece.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

We were in that storm, too. Only without power four days, but had no alternate heat source. It was scary, and you captured the feeling so well with your poem.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had a similar little track around this time two weeks without power.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Thank God i live in a sunny wintry place! I cannot imagine living in that type of devasting storm!
Though these pictures you included of nature's stunning artwork would be worthy days of cold feet and numb fingers to see!! But not a snowstorm like you desribed!

Thank you for showing these isn't as cold to see them over the internet ;)

3:47 AM  
Blogger cloudscome said...

Isn't it amazing how life changes so quickly when the power goes out, and how loooong it takes to get back to "normal". Lovely pictures of that biting ice!

9:11 AM  

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