Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Good Night and Goodbye Irene

Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit us last week. Even so with high winds and rain, more than half the population of the state lost power, some for more than a week.

We were without power for three days. The 25# of ice in blocks I froze in preparation wasn't enough to keep our refrigerator cold long enough to avoid losing most of what was in it. It was no great loss.

The deck looked like a whole tree had been shredded. We had two trees come down in the yard and a fence was blown down. We were lucky. The picture above is a tree in one neighbor's yard that fell and landed on another neighbor's house.

There is no public water in our area so we have a private well. The water is pumped from the well into the house. No power, no pump, no water. And no flushing toilets. You can flush by pouring a bucket of water into the tank but you have to have that water available, too.

We were fairly well prepared. Paul had filled a container with a few gallons of drinkable water, and I had bought three gallons of bottled water. We filled up two other containers which probably held a total of ten gallons to flush toilets with and wash with.

It is amazing how little water we used. We did the usual washing and brushing of teeth. Paul heated water to take a half cold bath/shower a couple times. I went to my mother's once for a hot shower. She had running, hot water.

We managed to cook a few meals. First on the camp stove in the garage while the storm was going and then on the gas grill later. I used regular dishes and heated water to wash them.

When the lights came on after three days we had only used part of the utility water and were no where near using all the potable water. We were stunned by how little water we had used.

Even though we think we are fairly conservative and try not to waste water, it was amazing how little we managed to exist on. I guess we should try a little harder.


Debby@Just Breathe said...

I am so sorry this happened to you. I can't imagine not having power for so many days. So glad you were safe.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Jealous of your rain, but not the destruction. Yes, I think if we really try, we can save much water. How often do we turn on the sink to get hot water to the tap. Or cold in some places. That is just a little thing, but if we added all that up.

Glad your power is back. Glad you didn't have other troubles.

Michele said...

We've done the no power, no pump thing. One year we filled one of the bathtubs with water for utility purposes. With 2 small boys in the house we still didn't use it all. Bushes in the backyard are much more fun to pee in. No aiming that way.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Very scary storm.

Crone and Bear It said...

I'm glad you're okay. It was a horrific storm. We've had some outages here from winter storms and also from bad thunderstorms. Being the survivalist, Devoted Spouse has a garage and basement full of potable water that he regularly replaces. The worst part is losing the food - we try to keep what we can in large ice chests, but after 3 or 4 days, what's left in the freezer is pretty much useless if we haven't gotten it to the grill. We also try to conserve - I finally got into the habit of turning off the faucet while brushing teeth or washing my face - a lot of water is wasted that way. Funny the habits we acquire.


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