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Subject: Day 2 & No Power - Central Ohio Ike Aftermath rss

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Ugh! This morning's Columbus Dispatch said if you don't have power now, it might be six days until you do. I'm going to have to start grilling up large quantities of thawing meat here pretty soon. Strange...that sounded like I meant that as a bad thing.
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Barbecue at Matt's!
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I'll bring potato salad. I'll start paddling upstream right away and might make it in a week or two.



I normally park here.
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Sounds good. I'll start unloading the meat and get it on the grill. There's a rule in my abstract of title that I can't render chickens "in town" but it doesn't specifically mention killing hogs. Maybe I'll just spit one up and let it get nice and tender while we all play some games.

Can someone bring some extra chairs and some sandwich buns?
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I believe that yesterday was the first time our school had to take a day off because of rain.

We don't really live in a flood zone, but 11 inches of rain in two days and we're seeing standing water where there never was any.

Oh, and my CAR leaks! my stupid car was dripping water onto the passenger seat. I've never had that before!
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Jatoha wrote:
but 11 inches of rain in two days


Good thing you've got that boat for the dogs!
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That was Lemont rain, Drew. Came in from the Pacific on a cold front around the same time. Dumped six inches(!) on Chicago Saturday.
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GAWD wrote:
I grew up in Florida, and I've been amazed at how poorly AEP has responded to the outages in Columbus. They clearly weren't prepared to respond to a wide spread wind event,


A major cause of the poor response locally is because many of the local crews were sent to Texas and other points south to aid in the cleanup. So AEP, DP&L, and the rest are short on crews.

And then of course you have to add in the beautifully timed cold-front that made a usual non-event (a hurricane remnant blowing through) into actual chaos. Couple that with Ohio's antiquated (50-60's era) electrical infrastructure, and it all adds up to trouble.

We were lucky where I'm at, the ice storm that savaged us a few years back pretty much eliminated all the weak trees, structures, etc, so there wasn't much left for the wind to tear down.
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