posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 01:38 PM
So I'm catching up on the news now and I see there's fires in Colorado, that's interesting. A few days ago my area got hit by a massive storm. I'm not
entirely sure where the damage happened but something major for the power grid got taken out. As a result my town and everywhere else in a 45-60 mile
radius (not entirely sure) ended up without power. Due to the heat (100+ degrees with high humidity) the water towers were running low too. The storm
knocked out the power right before the pumps kicked in. As a result we ran out of water pressure within a few hours causing the area to have no
electricity, no phone service (a landline could get a dial tone but it couldn't call anywhere), and no water.
The power just kicked back on an hour ago or so. Let me say this, you really appreciate a shower after 4 days without in very hot humid weather. So
far I haven't seen mention of it on national news but it's been interesting. We had one gas station in town with an electric generator, I was out
walking around the other day (it's hot but there was nothing else to do... and I was trying to find a place selling water, in hindsight this was
really stupid... I almost ended up in the emergency room) and there was a 7 hour line for gas. the line stretched across town. People were running out
of gas in line, walking to the gas station, buying a gas can+a couple gallons of gas, and putting it in their cars just to make it to the gas station
to fill up.
I was out driving around with a friend the other day shortly after the blackout hit and we went through our town, the neighboring town across the
river (parkersburg, west virginia), and a bunch of small towns around us. The whole thing was surreal there was no electricity anywhere (aside from
Lowes and Home Depot). In parts it was like something out of a post apocalyptic movie as we were going past homes and seeing massive trees knocked
over into them by the 90+ MPH winds that came with the storm.
It's my first time experiencing something like that, I suppose people who get hit with hurricanes would be used to it but it was new to me.
I'm probably lucky we got power back when we did, the stores weren't selling water, infact they weren't even open. I only managed to get about a
gallon of water before the pressure was gone and I went through that over the last couple days trying to stay hydrated in this heat.
Edit: Not sure if this is the right forum for this, so mods can move it if needed.
edit on 1-7-2012 by Vrill because: (no reason