Ice Storm: The end

Last night, when my husband went home at bedtime to repack our overnight bag, he returned too quickly — so I knew that our power must be restored. Yippee!

We hastily cleaned up the house we were staying in, packed our groceries and our bags (we’d just that day moved most of our freezer’s contents, based on the thermometer inside) and returned to our abode. I noticed while setting the time on the alarm clock that it was still less than one hour since power had been restored. I marvel at this. We’ve been checking relatively frequently, but I was unpleasantly aware that power could be returned soon after a check, or during the night, and we would be elsewhere when we could have been home. I’m so glad that didn’t happen.

With the adrenaline from the news, we started putting the house back together before crashing into our own bed, in our heated home.

Now we can host the very small Super Bowl party that was on the schedule.

Others in our area still wait, though. Carroll Electric reports that it has 16,000 customers are still lacking power. SWEPCO states it has so far restored power to 92% of its customers that lost power. SWEPCO has 1,150 personnel working today. On the news last night, it was reported that five of the shelters in Fayetteville have closed, because they’re no longer needed. Oh, and Ozarks Electric (which spans the Arkansas/Oklahoma border) has 22,000 customers still without power.

KNWA TV news seems to have good coverage at its website at this point.

View the entirety of my coverage.

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8 responses to “Ice Storm: The end

  1. I am very glad that you are back home.

    Warm hugs from Delhi!

  2. Thank you so much! I’m very happy about it, too.

  3. Oh, CONGRATULATIONS! I’m heaving a huge sigh of relief; I remember ALL TOO WELL what extended power outages are like.

    Welcome home!

    Oh, and tell your husband that he takes really lovely pictures. The one with his thumb and the iced-over branch was especially effective; he gave us a good perspective in that one…

  4. I’ll tell him, yes that one was effective, wasn’t it?

  5. I am so glad to hear you’re back home and electrified! I recall standing there, getting ready to head upstairs in our 40 degree home when the power came on and just standing there, gaping. Enjoy the warmth and security of your home!

  6. I’m glad to hear that your power is back!

  7. Glad to hear you’re home and well. . . Snuggle in and enjoy it.

  8. I’m so glad to see you’re back in your own home.

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