Challenges Continue

7 August 2003

Thanks to all of you who have emailed concerning the outage. Yesterday’s Internet access was intermittent at best. This morning, I arrived at my desk at 6:00 a.m., but all lights on the cable modem were flashing. I finally got service just before 8:00 a.m.

Electrical service has been on since being restored. Phone services have also been working since the electricity was restored.

For a number of days after the storm, people needed help clearing their driveways just enough to get the cars in and out. Others began the clean up effort right away. A crane was brought in to lift a tree from the home next door to mine. I began helping neighbors and, after a couple of days of that, I began work on my back yard.

Hilarious side note: I found a line that was connecting two rickety old utility poles entangled in some downed limbs in the backyard. Realizing it was going to be needed to stabilize the utility poles, I began untangling it and moving it to the side where work might begin.

When electrical crews arrived this week to get my block restored, I pointed out the ”tension cable” so they could get to work there first. ”Sir, that’s not a tension cable, that’s the primary conductor for this neighborhood and carries 23,000 volts!”

Silly me! Now I remember why I’m glad power was out when I was cleaning up back there.

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