Thursday, November 03, 2011

Post "Snowtober" storm Report

Okay ... I'm finally officially back online, though much of my town is not. The library only got power late yesterday afternoon, and the place I do agility was still closed last night. Our local Super WalMart lost power for three days and had to toss all their frozen and perishable foods, though they probably could have just put them all outside in the two feet of snow, lol...

The local school district was closed Monday and Tuesday, but opened yesterday. Manchester was closed until today, and the Nashua schools are still closed.

DD's school opened on Tuesday, thankfully (would really stink to already have three snow days to make up in June ... I swear, kids are going to be going to school all summer at this rate). Sadly, her school was vandalized -- someone spray painted graffiti on the two little school buses they have and on the doors and windows of the building. It's already been cleaned off, but made me very sad.

Some pictures:

My driveway immediately following the storm (yes, there's a car under there somewhere):

And the back deck -- we got about two feet of nasty, heavy, wet snow:

Some random pictures of tree damage (we had a small tree on one of the power lines up the road a mile or so, which is what killed our power).

One house on the way to school had a tree drop on it (Mom, you'll know it -- the blue house with the gingerbread bright yellow shutters) and now has a tarp over the roof, and one street about a block from DD's school was closed because a huge oak was down. No matter where I drive, branches still litter the sides of the road, trees are broken and there are leaves and debris everywhere.

I'm pretty sure this storm caused worse damage than the ice storm in 2008 and the wind storm last year.

We had our generator, thankfully, but I admit to getting nervous when the few gas stations with power in the area started running out of gas. In the past couple of days, too, generators are being stolen in huge numbers, even when they're chained up. I'm always saddened when hard times bring out the worse in people instead of the best. I did see one picture in Amherst where a woman (on Sunday) who had power was inviting folks to her house to watch the NE Patriots game. Just stuck a sign out that said "I have power and the Pats ... fans welcome".

In any case, this doesn't bode well for the rest of the winter, but I'm betting there's a run on generators this coming week. *G*

Tomorrow I'll talk NaNo.



Maria Zannini said...

Wow! Those were some amazing pictures. Glad you're all right though.

Hope you'll get some time to recover before the next snow storm.

Angelina Rain said...

Wow, nice pictures.

I'm sorry about the lost power and the snow, that sucks. It's still warm where I'm at. Strangely it's in the 50s and 60s most of the time, although I'm sure it will be dropping fast.

Dru said...

Glad to see that you are back.

I can't believe the snow you guys got. Winter is not going to be pretty.

Brandy said...

This does not bode well for Winter. Glad y'all are okay and have returned power. That's awful about the graffiti. I don't understand people who do that.
Hope you have an enjoyable day.

Tori Lennox said...

I heard so many limbs came down because most of the trees hadn't lost their leaves yet, so they were much heavier. Which makes sense.