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January 2009 ICE STORM - Pictures...

As promised, here's the pictures. Some earlier shots are mixed with later shots, so I'll try to describe when during the progression of the mess they were taken. Also, all but two of the pictures I'm posting were taken in the IMMEDIATE area surrounding my apartment building. So just imagine the damage you will see duplicated in the entire region...

There are many pictures behind the cut, so it may load slow on some computers.

Caption: 01/28/2009 7:00am-ish; This is the view looking at my apartment complex the morning after from the church parking lot where I parked my car.

Caption: 01/28/2009 7:00am-ish; This is the view from my front door with snow/sleet still falling the morning after.

Caption: 01/27/2009 2:00pm-ish; This is metal incasing the power lines for the four apartments in my building after part of a tree brought it down. At this point, the line was still live and feeding power to the apartments. Normally the wires feed into the wall right next to my kitchen window on the 2nd floor.

Caption: 01/27/2009 2:00pm-ish; That's the power line connection point at the 1st floor of the apartment building.

Caption: 01/28/2009; The view of the back yard the day after. You can see the trash dumpster for the apartment complex under the tree parts. Also, the fence goes to the park where the county fair is held. Where the majority of the tree debris is piled up is where my roomie and a few neighbor typically have their cars parked.

Caption: 01/28/2009; The ice aftermath collected on wires that survived the storm.

Caption: 01/28/2009; Tree debris on a fence between my building and the neighboring house.

Caption: 01/28/2009; Tree debris between my building and the neighboring house. The poor fence did not survive.

Caption: 01/28/2009; A ground level view of the tree debris in the backyard of my apartment.

Caption: 01/28/2009; This tree part almost took out the window where Mrs. S. was sleeping when it fell. The plastic fake shutter did not survive.

Caption: 01/28/2009; Ice collected a bush thingy in front of my apartment.

Caption: 01/28/2009; This is the tree under which my car is normally parked. Notice the hanging branches... My car will NOT be parked there until the branches are gone.

Caption: 01/28/2009; I think this tree is in my front yard, but it's hard to tell from this shot because all the trees look alike now...

Caption: 01/28/2009; The power line to one of the other buildings in my apartment complex draped over a car parked in the back.

Caption: 01/28/2009 7:00am-ish; Looking at my apartment from the church parking lot across the street.

The next set of pictures were all taken today (01/31/2009) after some thawing had occurred due to temperatures reaching 45 degrees or so...

Caption: 01/31/2009; This is the trunk of a tree brought down during the storm on Tuesday night. It is at the far end of my apartment complex. It was stretched across the street and had to be cut up in the middle of the storm for road crews and emergency vehicles to get through. I think it is what shook my apartment at 3:30am on Tuesday night.

Caption: 01/31/2009; Lines still down and dangling in front of my apartment.

Caption: 01/31/2009; Part of the tree that came down that has been pushed to the side in order to get the road clear for drivers.

Caption: 01/31/2009; Looking at the front of my apartment through downed tree debris in the middle of the divided street I live on.

Caption: 01/31/2009; A snapped power pole in front of the end of my apartment complex.

Caption: 01/31/2009; The top of the power pole from the picture above. I believe this may be the culprit that finally cause me to lose power at 8pm on Tuesday night.

Caption: 01/31/2009; A shrub in front of my office (where I'm currently camped out). This is around 4pm-ish today AFTER we had thawing and some melting.

Caption: 01/31/2009; A small tree in the parking lot to my office.

And that's all the pictures for now. I have a few more on my computer at home that I had downloaded from the camera before I lost power, but they'll just have to wait.


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Feb. 1st, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Oh WOW! Mrs S is lucky the tree took out the shutter and not the window!
Feb. 1st, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Yeah... Mrs. S. lost her driver's side mirror before we got her car moved for her...

It's still hell around here. I'm about to go pick a pizza up to bring back to the office where I'm camped out for me and the roomie to share.
Feb. 1st, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
What a nightmare it all is! I hope things get cleaned up and power restored soon!
Feb. 1st, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Some places aren't going to get power back for weeks it looks like. One of the power companies has a bunch of main feed lines that went down out in the country area where it's hard to get to. They have to fix those before they can even get to residential areas.

Mine will be after they get main lines up since we have a line to our building down. But I have places to stay. I have some relatives 5-10 minutes from my place that have power back, so I'm going to stay with them starting tomorrow until I get power back.
Feb. 1st, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
That's great that you have somewhere to go!
Feb. 1st, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
Yup. :-)

And I camped at work last night and tonight with internet and heat! :-)

And I've been going to my apartment for a hot shower each day. So it's going pretty decent.
Feb. 1st, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
internet, heat and pizza, what else do you need?
Feb. 1st, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Not much really.

Oh, I loved your NCIS/SPN fic! I need to leave a proper review at some point. I have a slash story in mind that starts out when Tony is in Peoria and takes place over several years as he goes from location to location.
Feb. 1st, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad! Almost no one's written Peoria, it's a bit daunting.

Ooh, *perks ears* sounds interesting!
Feb. 1st, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
I am just so glad you are fine and things will be taken care of. This does not bring back the best of memories lol, its horrible and I am glad you made it through.
Feb. 1st, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
It reminds me of June 4, 1993. We went five days without power and water then due to a storm that was a mix of tornadoes and straight line winds...

Only, this is more widespread and more dangerous due to the temps...
Feb. 1st, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I have seen it all in the news. I lived in Kansas last year so we went a week or two without power and had to stay inside (it sucks taking a bath in freezing cold water when it is freezing cold). This time around I had to worry about my step dad who is still there and his family, he got it easier though. I hope things come back together fast and that clean-up doesnt take forever.
Feb. 1st, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
I LOVE my gas powered hot water heater... I still get hot showers even though the apartment is cold.

And I've places to stay. So I'm not that bad off. :-)
Feb. 1st, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
Oh, wow.
Feb. 1st, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah... It's just unimaginable the amount of damage we have. I'm crossing my fingers for electricity, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
Feb. 1st, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
What beautiful pictures. That kind of thing must be scary to live through though. I particularly love the first one - so much graceful majesty :-).
Feb. 1st, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
The view (especially before it melted) were so pretty but at the same time so *wrong* because of the damage...
Feb. 1st, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that you're okay.

Feb. 2nd, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
*squishes back*

I'm staying with some relatives nearby who have their power back... Hard telling when I'll get mine back. :-(
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
There's a certain terrible beauty about the ice on the trees, and then you look at the other pics and just shudder. I got the corner of the storm and that was bad enough. I can't imagine how stressful things were for you. I'm glad you have options though.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
It was beautiful... but at the same time, downright scary.

I'm staying with some relatives tonight and likely several more days until electricity comes back.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
I'm glad you are ok, we are lucky that we don't get ice storms here, just heavy snow today. The only time I have seen such wide devastation was round London after the hurricane in ?87.
We are having snow at the moment and the whole area has ground to a halt, so many people just don't know how to drive on snow any more, guess it's because we don't get much these days.

Thanks for the pics, I'm not sure that beautiful is the right word, but you know what I mean.

take care, keep warm.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
I've seen the news about the snow over there... Just be thankful that it is snow and not ice...

Beautiful isn't really the right word. However, before the ice melted there was this picturesque quality to everything. It was like it was trying to mask the destruction.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Those first few shot were truly gorgeous but the rest show how devastating ice storms can be. We skirted the edge of it up here in Ohio.

Hope you are ok
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