Ice Storm Adventrues
Where: Kansas (United States). When: on 05-01-2005.
Written at 15-05-2012 by Anonymous
Labels - ice storm electricity
We called in and reported our loss of electricity to the electric company, but the same thing had happened to others all over the area, and so the repair was slow to take place. From the day we lost our electricity, we counted seven days until we once more were able to turn on the lights in our homes. Although electrical workers came from several neighboring states, the damage was so extensive that it took them well over a week to get to everyone.
During this time without electricity, we had many adventures. We tried living by candlelight. Even our gas furnace had an electric ignition, so not only were we in the dark, but we were also left in the cold. We huddled under blankets, and put on extra layers of clothing. Sometimes we even lit the fire in our upstairs wood stove that we rarely used otherwise, and sang songs or played games around the fire.
Thankfully our gas stove still worked, so we were able to cook, and we left the burners on continually to provide ourselves with a little heat—although we realized afterward that this is an expensive way to heat one's house—not that we really had much of an option.
We took our showers at the neighbor's house, as we had no hot water. Thankfully, none of our pipes froze. One of our neighbors had a pipe that froze, and when the water in the pipe began to thaw, it began to rain in her kitchen, with water coming down at various places between the ceiling boards.
When the repair men finally reached our house and reconnected the wire, we were very thankful! Many times in life we take a lot of things for granted, and losing them for a while can make us even more thankful for all the blessings we usually enjoy!