Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Snowpocalypse

So, we had a big snowstorm here.  I knew it was gonna happen because for days beforehand there were wild-eyed people on the news predicting some pretty dire stuff.  However, I am a Missourian through and through and I tend not to believe things until I actually see them. Before I left for work Monday evening I threw a few things into a bag just in case I couldn't get back home, but I really didn't think I'd get stuck at work.

The snow weighed down power lines and caused electrical outages all over the city, but I thought I'd get home.

The wind caused near-blizzard conditions and whiteout in some areas, but I thought if I drove really carefully, I'd get home.

Then one of our fire trucks got stuck in a snowdrift as the crew left someone's house.  Uh-oh.  I began to worry a little at that point.  I mean, if a 44,000-pound vehicle with chains on its tires gets stuck in a snowdrift, what hope is there for me and my little Kia Soul?

When daylight came, I looked out of the bay doors and saw this:


That's ugly.  (Well, okay, I admit the trees are actually pretty, but what's on the ground is not.)

Then my captain came tromping back into the station--the same captain on the truck that was stuck in a snowdrift and who had to wait for a snowplow to dig him out--and before I could say anything, he snapped, "You are NOT driving home!" Then his driver came in and told me that the secondary roads were all but impassable and that the interstate was closed 4 miles east of the station because of a wreck. Until I heard that, I'd been planning to head eastbound on the interstate to go home.

So I made a little bed on the floor of the Boardroom at the station and slept fitfully for a few hours.  Never before in my 13-year career as a dispatcher have I not been able to go home from work.

When I woke up, I had texts from home:

My son said that the alley behind my house (where everybody parks) was completely drifted over at both ends and he was barely able to drive through it in his big 4WD truck.  After he pulled up outside my house, he realized that he doesn't have a spare key to it, so he had no way to check on the furbabies.  I hope they're okay. (I did give them extra kibble and water Monday night.)

Reed, who lives directly behind me on the next street over, said he's been without power all day long and KCP&L told him they have no idea when the electricity will be back on.  He doesn't know how widespread the power outage is in town, and of course he doesn't know if there's power at my house.

My mom said she heard we got 16 inches of snow, but that she's not venturing outside to measure it.  We'd already gotten almost a foot of snow last week, so now I'm worried about all that snow on the flat roof over the back of my house.  You know, the same roof that was leaking last summer...

And then I got on Facebook and saw this:

The canopy over the parking spaces at Maid-Rite Drive-In fell over.  Maid-Rite is a Lexington icon.  It's been in business since the late 1940s.  Remember Joey the Floor Guy, who gave me advice on refinishing my floors?    His brother Eddie owns the Maid-Rite.  I feel really bad for Eddie, because that looks like an expensive fix.  I sure hope insurance helps out a lot.

We're still under a Winter Weather Advisory until 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, and the last time I looked outside it was snowing again.  I am determined to drive home in the morning.  Determined, I tell you.  I am more than a little worried about the drive home and what I'll find when I get there.  Update to follow as soon as I possibly can.




11 comments:

  1. Yikes. For what it's worth, I lost power for about two days in the recent northeast blizzard, which in my area got about that amount of snow. It got down to about 48 in the house, so I think your animals (all dogs and cats?) should be okay in their fur coats, as long as they have water.

    Not giving a prognosis for frozen pipes or roofs... Fingers crossed. Hope you are home soon.

    During the storm here, landline phone service in my small community went down, which was kind of amazing, since I have copper landline, which runs off "phone company power." It turns out Verizon had removed the backup generators at its central office for the copper system, just their little way of encouraging us holdouts concerned about natural disasters to change to fiber (or in my case now, anything but Verizon.)

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    1. No loss of power! Hooray!

      (Stupid Verizon.)

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  2. I have 30 mile commute to work, most of which is out in the open. So when we get bad snow and wind, it gets nasty real quick. Our motto is "warm, safe and dry". In other words, as long as you are all of the three, stay put! Anything at home is in reality just "stuff", animals are usually okay with their furcoats even if things get messy. Note that I am not talking outdoor animals in blizzard/freezing conditions. I have packed a bag many times in twenty years and "stayed put" three. Each time after review, a wise choice. Hopefully you will feel the same.
    good luck.

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    1. I have a similar commute. That's really good advice.

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  3. Oy....sorry to hear this. Is there ANYWAY your son can get into your house to check on the pets?

    Drive safe and tell that captain of yours he needs to invest in some air mattresses for his help! Seriously!

    Be safe.

    Michelle

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  4. Glad to hear from you, I was wondering how things were out there.

    This post is a reminder of the dangers and sacrifices our emergency personnel go through to secure the publics safety. It's also a good time to pray for them and their safety, we shouldn't take them for granted.

    Sorry you're sleeping on the floor.....and missing your fur babies. Praying for your roof and for you.

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  5. Oh I am praying the snow melts FAST! You can always come for a visit here in TX I, have plenty of room! and you can enjoy our weather and de-frost.. Take care!

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  6. I'm so thankful we received just 3 or 4 inches. It was raining and snowing at the same time. Great snowman snow but not so great to shovel.

    I thought that damn Phil the ground hog said spring was coming early?

    Be safe.

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    1. I put a picture on my Facebook of a groundhog holding a sign that says, "I'm a rodent, NOT a meteorologist." :)

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  7. I will stop complaining about being cold when it is 44 degrees outside and overcast. I hope you have a fireplace? Be safe driving in your Soul!

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    1. I always say that anything below 50 degrees is cold! I don't have a fireplace--this house was built for burning coal.

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