OT: Trouble in paradise

After 14 hours without power, things are looking brighter. Power is flickering on and off. Maybe it will stay on now.

No power also means no water since we are on well water. That is about as bad as no power.

Daughter Becca has full house generator. We would have gone there tonight after sleeping in a cool (60 degrees at day break) house last night.

We are lucky. Many neighbors have pines across their driveways. We have full canopy driveway for 100 yards but no limbs down.

We did lose one of a matching pair of holly trees. I did not know they were male and female holly trees until we moved here six years ago.

Do you have a fireplace? The things that saved us in the Blizzard of '93 when we were without power for almost four days were the fireplace and a gas water heater. Our oldest arrived in Birmingham, barely, for Spring Break. He was a freshman on The Hill and just wanted to watch the SEC basketball tournament and visit with his high school friends. He got to do neither.

I have huge limbs down all over my yard/driveway. Had to get out the chain saw. But I have power.

Loss of power from fallen limbs brings forth the thought of why such an essential utility as electrical power is not underground, or at least the main lines.

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We have a small generator for hurricanes, just big enough to run the well pump, the fridge, and a couple fans. They’re not that expensive and handy to have when the power goes out.

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Pretty much required for all new subdivisions in larger cities to have underground utilities.

I know it’s required in Rogers

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Sorry to hear, pain to be without basic utilities. Living on the Coast of La. we have experienced this many times

That works fine for the trees in your neighborhood, but not so well for the transmission lines running to it.

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We have all underground utilities. But some trees fell on main lines about six miles away. Cut power to the whole town of Norfork.

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Money. It costs a lot more to bury and protect power lines underground.

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Boy, all that sucks. Although we are located far inland in North Carolina, when we moved into our new house in Chapel Hill years ago Hurricane Fran paid us a visit, trees down everywhere, no power for a week.

Fortunately now we have solar. And a backup battery. So we wouldn’t lose power. And the fallen trees would just mean we had more solar. And more firewood. Not a bad outcome unless the trees landed on our house. Which happened to a co-worker, she closed on her new house the day before Fran and it was flattened the next.

It looks like freezing rain Tuesday and Wednesday. Yuck.

My kindergarten teacher was out on her (screened-in) front porch during a thunderstorm. Tree was knocked down by the storm and fell on the porch, killing her. (Kindergarten was in her home and we frequently had class out on that porch way back when.)

My power flickered several times yesterday evening. Luckily, it never went out. I understand that there were outages around the NWA area. I could have let the dogs under the covers, but I didn’t need to do that.

Fortunately, DFW was spared this storm cycle; it is cold here and we did get a few picturesque snowflakes last night, but not for long and nothing stuck.

2 years ago in that “Snow-maggedon”, I was mostly without power for 72 hours. After a stretch of about 15 hours, it started cycling on for an hour or two, then off for 4 to 6 hours. Problem was, temps were in the single digits.

I live in a condo, and my car was under a carport so not snowed/frozen in. More than once, I went out there, cranked the car up, drove around the corner to a spot where the sun would come through the windows (greenhouse effect) and used the heater. Meanwhile, bundled up in 3 layers of clothes. I probably looked even more like the Michelin man than usual.

Was very happy to have electricity back full-time on day #4.

I understand that to be the case from personal experiences where following a significant amount of neighborhood tornado damage including my home, I had my utilities reconnected underground. My question is more related to why the major electrical systems now in use aren’t placed underground in a similar fashion to those nationally underway in many communities for fiber optic installation. I appreciate the cost factor but I don’t understand why only new residential or commercial developments seem to be in consideration for underground installation leaving an existing electrical system subject to periods of interruption.

That’s awful about your kindergarten teacher. Another coworker of mine had a tree fall directly on her bed or her daughter’s bed, I can’t remember which, right after they had miraculously gotten up.

When Hurricane Fran happened to us it was called a once in a lifetime thing. Now it seems to happen once a year. Or more.

Redpig, who do you send the bill for that kind of major infrastructure redo?

Can’t recall the year but one of those years we had a major ice storm and power was out all over the state. We didn’t have power for I’m guessing 4-6 days and those ice cold showers sucked big time. I was screaming the whole time.

That is the #1 reason when I was looking for a house, I made sure it had a fireplace and a gas hot water heater. No matter the weather, I can have warm water and a fire in the fireplace kipping things warm. I mean everyone may have to sleep in front of it, but more bodies equals more snuggling warmth.