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From: Janis L Gilmore <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] Hurricane Ike and ProGen2
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:03:01 -0400
Well put. We, as coastal South Carolinians,have been through the storms. My
heart has been with you since a couple of days before Ike hit.
Those who don't live in hurricane alleys cannot understand. You know it's
coming. You wait. It strengthens. It weakens. It's going a little south.
It's going a little north. You either get it or you don't, and the whole
time it's like waiting for the other shoe to drop.
And when you do get it, you are often in heat and high humidity with no AC,
have no potable water except what you have stored up, are under a
no-water-usage edict (so you shower, cold, for 30 seconds at the end of a
long, hot day and are glad to get it).
Debbie, I'm glad that you are okay. Texans know how to weather a storm, and
are self-sufficient to a fault. God bless you all!
Janis Walker Gilmore
Pawleys Island, SC, and Seattle, WA
On 9/22/08 12:09 PM, "Debbie Parker Wayne" <> wrote:
> Elissa Scalise Powell, CG wrote on 9/16/2008 4:15 PM:
>> Hurricane Ike certainly has a larger effect
>> than most would think. ... As of
>> Monday night 100,000 households did not
>> have power in our area. Many are
>> being told they won't have it until
>> Wednesday. The irony is that many of our
>> electric repair trucks, parts and manpower
>> are volunteering in Texas where
>> they headed out late last week.
> And thank you SO MUCH for those electrical repair trucks. On the Monday
> after the storm we learned there was only one Oncor electrical repair truck
> in this part of East Texas. The rest had been sent to the coast. So we were
> very happy to see all those unfamiliar logos on repair trucks roll in on
> Tuesday and Wednesday. I can vouch for the statement that these guys were
> working around the clock because we watched them raise telephone poles in
> the darkness of night. They must still have young eyes.
> Those guys are heroes. Next time a storm is coming I plan to bake cookies
> BEFORE the storm to give to the repair guys while they work after the
> storm. They got us electricity back in one week instead of three. Power and
> phone lines are still dropping intermittently, presumably as they continue
> to make repairs. We still hear a couple of generators so some neighbors are
> still without power. But I am surprised and thankful anyone in my community
> has power back after I saw the four-foot diameter pine tree that fell onto
> power lines across the way breaking cross bars on two poles and toppling
> two more poles.
> We were so lucky compared to those on the coast devastated by storm surges
> and those in other areas who had trees fall on their homes. We may be
> dragging and chopping limbs for a month or so. And waiting for a tree
> service to come cut down the trees that split in two and need to be chopped
> down. The rural areas have no pickup service so my husband will be burning
> debris for weeks after everything is gathered, depending on wind and
> wetness conditions. But our house and all outbuildings still stand and have
> all their roof shingles, we are still alive, and my photos and genealogy
> records weren't scattered all across the state by wind. Yay!
> During this past week I learned
> - to love the quiet that comes just after the generator is powered off,
> - the whine of a chain saw is not an irritation when it is being used to
> remove a tree from your power lines,
> - as long as you can heat or boil water you can pour it into a drip coffee
> maker so neither you or your husband will commit atrocities in a state of
> insanity caused by caffeine deprivation,
> - a refrigerator with good insulation only needs power every 4th hour to
> stay at proper temperature for food preservation (economizing on the
> expensive and scarce gasoline that runs the generator),
> - a sponge bath using 2 cups of water can feel refreshing,
> - washing your hair with one quart of water is better than not washing it
> at all - but doesn't really get it clean,
> - septic tanks are sometimes better than sewer systems - as long as you can
> pour water into the toilet tank you can flush,
> - and all my dreams of being a pioneer in a covered wagon will never come
> true because I am addicted to electrical conveniences.
> I hope everyone who is still suffering from the effects of the storm gets
> relief soon and those repair guys from up north get to go home.
> For those of you who signed up for the ProGen2 study group, I will be
> sending out more information this week. Be aware we still lose power
> intermittently so responses may be delayed.
> Regards, Debbie
> Debbie Parker Wayne
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