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The United States in the 21st Century

Much of Kentucky Is Still Without Power

Hope our friends in Kentucky are OK.

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Submitted by pie on

several times a year, mostly the outlying rural areas (our town has its own power company which is way more dependable, and we live there now). People who live in rural areas very often have wells, so that means no water either. When we lived in the township, there was nothing like calling DTE and getting a recording with an estimated time of restored service, which was always optimistic. Mostly occurred after a thunderstorm, but occasionally weather wasn't involved. A generator helps if you can afford one. At least you can save the food in the refrigerator. As someone else here said, it would be nice if they could think of a way to prevent this, perhaps by beginning the long process of burying wires. Is anyone even trying to solve the problem?

I also read this in the paper today:

Tainted peanuts found before national outbreak
FDA did not follow up on refused shipment.

Tom Harkin plans to hold hearings on the outbreak, which sickened over 500 people and may have killed eight. He has also proposed an overhaul of the food inspection network. When you think of how many cases of food poisoning there have been, especially in the last eight years, I think that's a great idea, don't you?

Heckuva job, FDA.

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Submitted by wrensis on

We lived in the real upstate NY, 20 miles from the Canadian border and had a similar Ice storm in 1998. Whole towns were cut off from any communication. It was three weeks before power was restored to many areas. In Montreal people were burning their decks in fireplaces to stay warm and using sledge hammers to get the ice off cars. Hospitals were sending out workers to rescue dialysis patients and people living in small trailers. We lost a total of 30 trees in our backyard and felt fortunate that one did not destroy the house we lived in. My heart goes out to the people in Kentucky. It is a frightening experience.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

during a storm a couple years ago.

Not an entire state, but a supposedly sophisticated area not at all rural. People were without power for over a week in some areas. I didn't see much info on the news about that storm--it was from friends and family (and a shock-jock DJ) who provided the info. Go media!

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Submitted by Damon on

It's always amazed me how much of your power infrastructure is still above ground and on shoddy wooden telephone polls (even in the hearts of our city) to boot. It's one of the first things that strikes you when you leave the country to visit other developed countries.

The power companies always scream "costs", but don't they realize the cost not just to them but the business community when entire communities are down for days because of down wires and such? It's like we're still living in the early 20th century in many parts of the country.

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Submitted by Sarah on

left parts of Houston blacked out for more than three weeks.
Houston, Texas. The fifth-largest city in the USA.
Three. Weeks.

And Ike wasn't a big hurricane. Not like Katrina or even Rita, never mind Betsey.

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Submitted by Aeryl on

Is just fine. We just went through a week w/out power after Hurricane Ike swept through here, now we just endured another 4 days. Part of the delay during Ike, we were told, was b/c our power crews were en route to TX. So we were short staffed for 3 days. So the math this time is holding that up.

My daughter went and stayed with her grandmother, so my partner, best friend(who just moved in a couple days before the storm hit) and I toughed it out in our home. Most of the neighborhood was vacant, so we were worried about break ins, plus our house is notorious about frozen pipes.

We partitioned off the bedrooms from the kitchen and living room, and stayed in the front part of the house, using the gas stove to help keep heat up. During the day we could keep it about 65, at night though it dropped to about 45. No busted pipes, just a frozen drain. We endured as always. Worst part was the fact that 75% of our neighborhood came on last night, while our street and the one over, were still out.

Schools are still out tomorrow, and I would really like to take another day off to, recuperate from the mess my house descended into with no air circulation, no vacuum or laundry. Alas, our CPA are coming to close our books tomorrow at work, and I must be there.

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Submitted by bringiton on

be careful out there, and don't sweat the laundry; that chore never ends anyway.