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Ice Storm Ontario 2013
Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:11 pmFood.com Groupie
This topic just became a lot more interesting, with Toronto Ontario (Canada) having endured an ice storm that left over 300,000 homes without Hydro in mid-winter.
It was only today that the number of households shank to double digits.
That meant no heat, no hydro, gas powered residential appliances useless, and this over the Christmas Holiday period, where many had used their spare cash up on groceries and gifts.
In regional parts of both city and country, gas stations either ran out of gas, or lacked the power to pump it.
While undoubtably Hydro One (the source supplier) worked 24x7 and gangs of crews came from as far away as Manitoba (arguably 2400 km, by road) with equipment, the devastation to trees and powers lines was in fact "awesome"...this was arguably the worst ice storm in Toronto's history. The clean up of the area will take months.
The problems didn't stop there. While "warming stations" were provided to citizens, where they had someplace warm to sleep, albeit in a very "communal" fashion, and get a hot shower, too many lost their water supply as well. (Remember, toilets don't flush without a water supply!)
It may take some time, but city/provincial officials are saying that there is realistically no controlling Mother Nature, and families should have a disaster plan on hand against such event.
During the period, temperatures rose above melting, and the free running meltwaters simply compounded the issues.
Unscrupulous handymen and wanna be electricians worked on electrical issues in homes, but as they did not have ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) qualifications, this simply cost a lot of time and money, as the permits and paperwork have to be done by proper methods.
Fortunately, our family was spared most of this, just a few blips in service, and out of Hydro for a few hours a couple times, but its pretty eye opening.
Last spring, in Alberta, there was massive flooding in Calgary, High River, and such other places, where homes were flooded and families literally lost everything, returning to mold infected homes that could not be reoccupied.
Today, the City of Yellowknife in North West Territories lost power for around 4 -5 hours with an outside temperature of -37 (virtually the same C-F)...
We need to pay attention to such things as these. Its a bit of an eyeopener, and Global Warming is a fact.
Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:59 pmForum Host
I've been lucky not to have been hit by ice storm problems - knock on wood - but have had power out for up to a week due to summer storm activity. Lots of lost food. Fortunately, the area affected was not so great that I could not drive to a hotel, but the expenses really added up. Had to also provide for the cat, although fortunately I have an automatic feeder and could provide water with no problems.
I now have programmed the power company's text messaging service into my phone - this is much faster for me than trying to get through to them on the phone, and of course usually no internet service - even when there is, it's slower - more clicks. With texting, all I have to do is text "Down", they respond, I confirm, and we are then registered as a lost power area. Of course, if power lines are down in our immediate vicinity, we call 911.
Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:49 pmFood.com Groupie
With the East Coast storms hitting and most of the country effected by the recent storms, DH said he figures we are doing pretty good. Some power blips, water blips, and staying home for 4 straight days, we did ok.
HOWEVER, we are to get hit again tomorrow early and lasting until Wednesday with 40 BELOW 0 temps due to frigid temps and severe high winds. Needless to say I took stock of our supplies as we have been hit with 2 storms in 3 weeks. And this new one on the way. The only things I believe we need are some pretzels,dry cereal, hot cocoa mix for water mixing, and dried fruit. These are for the cars in case any of my flock get stuck from work. Already have the candles, tin cans, blankets, and in my car a book, plastic bottle to collect snow if needed to melt for drinking and of course the emergency kits of battery cables, triangles, flares, and first aid kits.
Tuesday will be making cookies, not a necessity but it does help to keep the chill off the bones and hubby loves homemade cookies. Wood is stacked for the next few days by the back door. We are set I believe.
I will be watching more of this forum. Seems Mother Nature is spreading her frozen tundra far and wide this year.
Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:27 pmFood.com Groupie
A good point has been made elsewhere about vehicular travel; that being that you should carry your cellular phone in a breast pocket (inside your coat) in order that the battery is kept relatively warm, and that in event of a spin out or rollover, it doesn't go flying off to who knows where, right when its needed most.
Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:48 amFood.com Groupie
PLEASE do not carry cell phone in breast or pants pockets. Numerous studies cite it's effects on the human body such as increased cancer causing issues. Yes keep near and try to keep warm but not on your person.
Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:23 pmFood.com Groupie
Yet another big storm due tonight here in New England. It is supposed to be wet heavy snow, always the worst. I am filling my rubbermaid tote in the bathtub as we speak (tub drain slowly leaks so I always use a tote) this way we can flush when needed . Sunday is going to be worse than tonight . I'm glad I try to always have a little extra on hand because the parking lots at the grocery stores were crazy today. You would think people would plan ahead a little better. Stay warm everyone.
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