Monday, January 15, 2007

Another Big Ice Storm 

News from our friends J and J down in Springfield, MO, where the big ice storm has destroyed all of the utility lines and trees in the town.

"Hey guys, I'm up at school, in my office. We are getting warm. MSU is one of the only places in town with power. Our power went out Friday eve and has not been on since. Its total chaos here. The national guard is here. Every tree in the town is split, fractured or fallen over. Sean had a tree take out his kitchen window and the back of his porch. Our neighbors on the other side had a tree fall on their roof, trapped their dog in his pen. The dog is free now and fine. Our neighbor Phil gave a guy with a chainsaw $550 to take down some big limbs that were looming over his house. Sean gave the guy $300 to take the rest of the big limbs over his house. Luckily, we have no big trees in our yard. Our little dogwood in front has shattered into a dozen pieces.

All the power, phone and cable lines are down and in the road. Its like this all over town. At night we sleep with multiple layers of clothes and a dozen blankets. Since there is no power its totally black and silent except for the sound of sirens and trees falling on houses. It makes it hard to sleep. Our temperatures keep dropping. Today our high is 22 degrees. Tonight it will be 6 degrees with a 20-40 mph wind. Tomorrow the high is predicted to be 16 degrees. We have heard we will not regain power until the weekend at the earliest. The university is supposed to decide at noon today if we are having classes tomorrow or not (first day of spring semester). I don't see how we can, but I guess since they still have power they can say its on and the rest of us have to try to rise to the occasion. Our cell phone stopped receiving a signal this morning. We think the tower might be down or defunct. Next time I make it up to school, (as long as it maintains power), I'll send ya an update.

Hope you all are well.

Link to news article with photo gallery.

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