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Re: Getting Ready for a Hurricane
« Reply #120 on: August 29, 2011, 07:49:05 AM »
We made it through, although not without some damage.  At work, our facilities did fairly well...no major access issues (although we have trees down on our fences that we'll have to clean up) and we were able to check on everything by 10am Sunday morning.  The bikeway in Newport News Park, however, is a different story.  We started on that yesterday while waiting to be dispatched out to other parts of the city that needed trees cleared (never got called out).  Trees down everywhere...nice oaks mostly.  We had a Deere 332 CTL working with us for a little bit until the hydraulics busted and it couldn't move anymore.  So we got a backhoe and that was great until they called both backhoes back to help move the CTL.  So without heavy equipment we got worn out pretty quick  :D  We'll be back at it again today.  We've got over 70 miles of trail to clear, so we're gonna be busy for awhile.

At my house, I'm still without power.  Had an 18" poplar uproot in the neighbors yard and take out the fence and part of my woodpile.  Other than that, I'm sittin pretty  ;D
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Re: Getting Ready for a Hurricane
« Reply #121 on: August 29, 2011, 08:18:12 AM »
Wind wasn't bad here, and now it's just a slight breeze from the SW. Got only 1.52" rain and never lost power or phone, except one little flicker of power that was like turning off and on the light switch sometime after midnight. I've seen fall winds and rain twice as bad as this storm. Basement remained relatively dry except for a little trickle of water seeping toward the drain hole. Sun is expected to peak through this afternoon.
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Re: Getting Ready for a Hurricane
« Reply #122 on: August 29, 2011, 08:35:15 AM »
Sprucebunny, that video broke my heart. 

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Re: Getting Ready for a Hurricane
« Reply #123 on: August 29, 2011, 10:15:41 AM »
Here we don't need floods to wash out bridges the low life bums of the country have been burning the covered bridges the last few years. You get one idiot doing it and the other deviants copy the act.
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Re: Getting Ready for a Hurricane
« Reply #124 on: August 29, 2011, 02:04:43 PM »
That sounds like a horsewhipping offense.
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Re: Getting Ready for a Hurricane
« Reply #125 on: August 29, 2011, 02:30:30 PM »
We got off easy in my part of Vermont. 6" or so of rain, and a bit gusty, No trees down in my area.

Other than a lot of rain at once, this was nothing compared to the storms we had this Spring and earlier this Summer - 100 MPH gusts, when the ground was already saturated going into it... trees down everywhere for that one. I guess we removed all the weak ones with those storms.

30 minutes south of us, the local pizza parlor washed off its foundation and settled in the middle of the road. I've heard some of the main bridges in and out of Montpelier (Vermont state capitol) were washed out.

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Re: Getting Ready for a Hurricane
« Reply #126 on: August 29, 2011, 05:57:38 PM »
SE Pa came away with more water damage than wind - tho lots are without power still from downed trees on power lines . Lost it here Sat night but held off on the generator till Sun morning. Power company said 7 - 14 days for everyone to be back but many are back up today  :)

Spent alot time prepping for Irene and really was tired of her before she even got here  . . .

Thankful she wasn't more mean spirited than she coulda been .

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« Reply #127 on: August 29, 2011, 07:27:46 PM »
That sounds like a horsewhipping offense.
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« Reply #128 on: August 29, 2011, 07:56:36 PM »
Where I live is the Saco River valley below Mount Washington. My land is north of Mt. Washington.

It was wet in the valley this morning. The Saco was 8 feet over flood stage and I've never seen some of the places flooded that were flooded this morning.

Getting out of the valley was a whole 'nother trip. Starting on the west side of the valley; Rt112, The Kancamangus highway: washed out. closed till the end of October. US 302 toward Littleton over Crawford Notch: closed, washed out. reopen Thursday. NH Rt16 which goes thru Pinkham Notch and toward the Mt Washington Auto Road. Closed. washed out. reopened at noon.

I was told the road thru Evan's Notch was closed (but it's not reported on the state website) so I went for the next; route 5 in Maine and it was flat and fine. I came back on Rt16 and the breakdown lane was missing on one side and the buried wires showing for about 1/4-1/3 of a mile.

So around here, erosion from water racing off the mountains was the most damaging thing.
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Re: Getting Ready for a Hurricane
« Reply #129 on: August 30, 2011, 06:50:40 AM »

 Wow Joan, Sounds like a good excuse to stay home!  :o
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« Reply #130 on: August 30, 2011, 07:13:19 AM »
I did not see any damage in my area. Drove about 45 minutes form here and only saw a few trees down. But that was only traveling towards Augusta. I was concerned about the road I live on. A dirt road with the ditches higher than the road. But it did not wash out at all.No power for about 16 hours. We was lucky.
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« Reply #131 on: August 30, 2011, 09:41:16 AM »
People here are starting to get antsy.  250,000 in Maryland still without power, some won't get it restored until Friday or Saturday - myself included.  Still have wires down on the road.

Lots of stop lights still out.  People seem to have forgotten to stop at a stop light that's dark.  

They need to calm down and help each other out.  We seem to all be in this mess together.
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« Reply #132 on: August 30, 2011, 03:28:03 PM »
Haven't noticed any damages out on the local woods roads. As far as water, the woods has been full of water most of the summer here.
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« Reply #133 on: August 31, 2011, 09:17:52 PM »
I discovered the cure for post-hurricane power outages.  Invite all your neighbors over for a good cookout dinner because you have generator and thus electricity and they don't.  They haven't had power since Saturday night!  One hour before they were to arrive, the power came back on.  I told them if I had known, I wouldn't have invited them ;D. A good time was had by all!
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Re: Getting Ready for a Hurricane
« Reply #134 on: August 31, 2011, 09:19:58 PM »
i have little patience for the impatient  >:(

Things are still a bit rough around here, but I look around, and think things could have been so much worse...
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« Reply #135 on: August 31, 2011, 09:25:41 PM »
Dan

Sorry to hear things are still a bit rough.  If I'd known, I would have invited you up to meet my neighbors and have dinner.  They got so frazzled!  The relief on their parts with the return of their electricity was palpable.  Hang tough.
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Re: Getting Ready for a Hurricane
« Reply #136 on: September 03, 2011, 04:38:49 PM »
Tropical storm Lee getting busy with Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Florida pan handle. 

Thinking of y'all and hoping your safe! 
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« Reply #137 on: September 03, 2011, 05:09:11 PM »
Just a slow steady rain here, about an inch so far. We really needed it.
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« Reply #138 on: September 03, 2011, 07:10:55 PM »
The one they are watching now for this region is Katia, to see if it will slam the Maritimes next week.
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« Reply #139 on: September 03, 2011, 10:06:51 PM »
We're supposed to get as much as 3" more rain in Vermont starting Monday evening. Things haven't really dried out from Irene. There are flash flood watches out for Vermont & northern New York. This is really going to hamper some of the repair efforts to all the damaged roads around here.

I got off very easy the first time around. Two days after Irene swept through, the apple tree we planted 9 years ago when my son was born slumped over about 45˚. I pulled it back up and staked it out. We'll see if it makes it.

Not much else in my town, but more rain is not going to help things. I really feel for the folks in some of the mountain towns east of me that have been cut off for days. They were airlifting supplies into those folks with helicopters.

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