Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Snow Update

Today is day 5 with no power and day 4 with no phone. We have water - temporarily.

Here's what we know about the water: most of our town gets its water from a giant tank up in Snow Canyon above Spring Street. An avalanche took out the main line from the tank. We have a backup system, which we normally use during the summer if the previous winter wasn't wet enough. It utilizes a pump that draws water from an underground river. That pump needs electricity - there is none. So, we had no water while they searched for a mega-generator to run the pump. Last night around 9 pm we discovered we had water again. The pump is running. Now they need to fix the main line from the tank.

Our neighbor John came over around 8, excitedly telling us we had phone again - that is, until he remembered in mid-sentence that our phone line had been knocked down. So while most of the town has phone service again, Verizon says they won't come up to fix our line until February 2.

We still have no power, either. No telling how long that will take. No power means:
- eating your meals in the recliner so you can be close to the fireplace
- sleeping in sweatpants, sweatshirts, hats, and gloves (isn't that from a Dar Williams song? !)
- ice on the inside of the bathroom window
- making toast in a skillet


I'll be adding more as I think of them.

8 comments:

corinna said...

stay warm!
i am sorry for your trouble.
hey it is like camping at home,
not exactly what you signed up for.

Kathy A. said...

Wow, I have never seen snow like that! I hope you get power and phone lines back soon.

Annie said...

This is just awful, but I'm glad to hear you at least have water. And since you can make toast, I guess you have a way to do a bit of cooking. Really hoping you get your power back soon.

Dee said...

I showed my hubby your pictures of the snow and he was astounded! Sorry to hear you're still doing without, we went several days like that after a horrific ice storm. I feel your pain!

Cybele's patch said...

What an unbelievable mass of snow you have got. It is not the picture we have of California! I hope you will get your power and phone lines fixed very soon.

BS HONEY said...

I feel so sorry for the way y'all are having to live. My family was in your shoes once or twice. First it was an ice storm and last time it was Katrina. Hot and nasty! Both put us "without" for at least two weeks.
We live in Mississippi, and do not get a lot of snow, sooo, as miserable as you must be, you took some awesome pictures, and the view around your house is simply stunning, even with the power lines on the ground.
I can just smell the cold, crisp, clean air mingled with the scent of pine. Gives me joy. But then, I'm not in your shoes.
I'm praying for all of you, and please know that things WILL get back to normal.
Hope you had a large stack of styro-foam plates to start this adventure with. LOL

BS HONEY said...

I feel so sorry for the way y'all are having to live. My family was in your shoes once or twice. First it was an ice storm and last time it was Katrina. Hot and nasty! Both put us "without" for at least two weeks.
We live in Mississippi, and do not get a lot of snow, sooo, as miserable as you must be, you took some awesome pictures, and the view around your house is simply stunning, even with the power lines on the ground.
I can just smell the cold, crisp, clean air mingled with the scent of pine. Gives me joy. But then, I'm not in your shoes.
I'm praying for all of you, and please know that things WILL get back to normal.
Hope you had a large stack of styro-foam plates to start this adventure with. LOL

MysteryKnitter said...

I am sad for you. I hope you get your power back soon.