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Archive for February 3rd, 2011

Status: Partially Dug Out

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It’s been a stressful few days here due to the tremendously bad snowstorm we experienced (that I alluded to in the previous post).   My Mom’s house suffered seven to eight foot drifts all the way up to both doors; yesterday all we could do is to clear the furnace vent (for safety’s sake) and get a little bit in front of both doors removed (mostly by throwing hot water on it, then using a broom to brush everything else off).

Mom’s friend Roy came over today and first made a path to the garage, then cleared a pathway in the back for the dogs to go out.  This took two hours.

We are still plowed in, and cannot leave, but it’s now possible for an emergency vehicle to get close enough to help — so it’s progress.  I’ll take it.

If you’re wondering why my Mom and I could not do any more than this, it’s because we are both considered disabled, walk with canes, and have substantial other health problems that make shoveling snow contraindicated.  We both had to figure out a solution to get to the furnace vent, then work very hard to clear enough snow off the back stoop (and down the wheelchair ramp) , and that’s all we were able to do with two hours of backbreaking work.

Mom just had another friend stop by, and he’s cleared a bit more, bless him.  He said he’ll try to come back later to do more.   (God bless him, and my Mom’s friend Roy, for help.)

I called my friends who live in the area and they were all snowbound, too — roads were impassable even when they were able to get out of their house, and many were drifted in as we were (with six to eight feet high drifts).

We suffered nearly two full feet of snowfall here, with extensive blowing and drifting.  But we didn’t lose power, we were able to clear the heating and dryer vents for safety, and we’ve been able to keep going.

But my father was robbed by con-men after he’d been out shoveling for several hours (his property line is bigger); he was unhurt and nothing of his was taken.   I’m grateful for this.

I have many things at Dad’s house and as far as he knows, my instruments, computers and other personal effects were undamaged but things were thrown around in major disarray.  He doesn’t know what might be missing, and obviously, I can’t get out to check on him.

I don’t want to call my father to ask for his help right now, partly because of the unconscionable, reprehensible people who robbed him, and partly because he’s older now and has a great deal of property of his own to clear first.  But once I can get out — and it does look likely I will be able to get out today — I’ll go to check on him, and in the process will inventory my belongings there and try to figure out what might need to be reported to the police as stolen.

I don’t like discussing all this, at all.  But I figured I’d let you know why my discussing other, worthy topics just isn’t there right now — we’re still in crisis mode around here.

Written by Barb Caffrey

February 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Posted in Snowstorm Update