Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Power Outages and Clean Up
The electrical problems, and stifling heat, are still major problems in the state today. There are still 300,000 without electricity. Some of my relatives have been without power since July 30 th, when the terrible storm bore down on us. I can't remember anything like this in my lifetime of 63 years.
Although life is now fairly normal in our immediate neighborhood, just a few miles from here, many are still sitting in the dark and trying to deal with the sweltering heat. The weather is predicted to again rise into the 100's in a few days. Although not predicted to have the high winds of last week, there are strong thunderstorm in the area again tonight. There is a water advisory in effect and it's suggested that it be boiled for several minutes before drinking. There have been tons of rotten food thrown away.
I'm a very adaptable person myself, and if faced with these problems, I would fare well. I've always believed in keeping life as simple as possible. I've always been comfortable outdoors and have the skills and equipment to feed myself and survive the elements. At times like this, I remember my days of backpacking the Appalachian Trail or bicycling the C and O Canal. Those memories now give me great comfort.
Mountaineers have always been a tremendously independent group of people. Those of us who are in good health will plow through this trial and move onward. It's the very old and those in bad health that make me feel very sad.
Posted by Jspiker at 5:19 PM