Still no electricity. Furnace is acting up because it doesn’t like the generator. The cost of a storm like this is in more than just dollars. It’s in sanity.
Here’s some statistics I heard this morning. I know there are more and perhaps better ones, but this gives you an idea. (I appologize if these numbers are incorrect – this is what I’ve heard as of Tuesday morning.)
One hardware store in this town of 12,000 people has sold $177,000.00 in chainsaws and generators over the past week. That’s just one of the half a dozen or so hardware stores in town.
As of Tuesday morning 991 homes are still without power.
2,000 power poles snapped or otherwise are unusable.
120 linemen have come to help us out, from across Minnesota and even, I believe, from South Dakota. The hotel parking lots (at night only!) are solid with power trucks. The image of all those trucks made me cry. We are so thankful for all that is being done to get us back into the 21st century!
I know, I know – we can live without electricity. We’ve proven that this week. But it sure is nice.
Here’s my daughter’s take on the storm – in her exact words:
Electricity. A necessity we take for granted. The power has been out for 6 days and it still is.
We had a HUGE ICE STORM. Plus we had a SNOWSTORM after that!
There are MANY trees down, all over the place.
Having the power out is scary. Mr. Al Oberloh [the mayor of Worthington] said, “Worthington will never look the same again.” I agree.
I live in the country, so we didn’t have rolling blackouts [as they had in town]. We just had no electricity at all. Our power lines are [broken down] and buried underneath lots of snow.
I believe that the electricity people are pretty AWESOME. They worked for like 24 hours straight to get power back on [for those in town].
The power went out at like 9:00 Tuesday night. It’s still out. Oh well. They have to get other pepole before us.
I think that I will remember this forever.
THANK YOU, ELECTRIC PEOPLE!!!
By Katie O’Donnell. Age 11