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  •  Hurricane Ike, September 2008 (9+ / 0-)

    I live in Houston. Our power was off for 5 days. But what was worse was when our water went out a day after the power went out. I know we could have made it through those 5 days without power, but being without water was many times worse. Fortunately, my step-daughter and her husband and our grandson who live 25 miles south of us in Sugar Land (whose power when out at the same time) got their power back on after only three days (their water went down for only half a day), so we hustled down there (along with all the food in our freezer) when they called and said they had their power back. By the way, our land-line telephone never went down at all so we were able to call family and friends the whole time. That is why I always keep my land-llne phone and not switch to something more modern (but power dependent). We also had our cell phones, and again it's service was off-on-off and generally unpredictable in the aftermath of Ike for about 4-5 days.

    After 5 days (2 with stepdaughter and family with power), our power finally returned. I knew when it had come back because when I called my home land-line number my electric answering machine finally answered.  When we got back home, our water was also thankfully on. We had no damage to our house from wind or water (I had put on a new roof two years earlier and it survived beautifully, others weren't so lucky), but our trees lost many branches (but have since recovered), and all of our wooden backyard privacy fences were blown down and had to be replaced. All I can say is losing water was much worse for us than losing power. But then it wasn't freezing when this happened, so we just opened our windows and sweated--we didn't have to worry about staying warm.

    And of course, living in hurricane country, we had our hurricane box prepared beforehand--lots of non-perishable food, lots of drinking water, batteries, toilet paper, matches, candles, a hurricane lamp filled with lamp oil, portable radio, extra propane and charcoal for our outdoor grills (in case we had to eat our frozen food before it spoiled), extra ice in the freezer and cooler, our two bathtubs lined with clean plastic and filled with water, and a small pail for dipping out water to hand flush the toilets when it was absolutely necessary.

    Men must learn now with pity to dispense; For policy sits above conscience. — William Shakespeare, 'Timon of Athens', Act III, Scene II

    by dewtx on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:39:26 AM PST

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