And water. Even sparkling water. Also at the hospitals that ran out of water they had to ask employees to use, ah, other methods, to go to the bathroom.Cousin Tim called from Texas and said the grocery stores are sold out of food.
A LOT of people also have burst pipes. In addition to the neighbors I mentioned yesterday, our nextdoor neighbor does as well.
@Acadianartist thanks for checking in! My husband and I did have a discussion, after all of this, about getting a generator for our new place. Like you, we have sources of water on the property (two tiny streams), but otherwise we're on well water. City water actually runs right in the street, but I've been told you have to plug your well to get on the city water, or claim an agricultural exemption. I wish we could have both. I asked the people who sold the place when we met them, do you get any water from the well when the power is out? Because the water storage is uphill from the house, so I figured they'd still get it through gravity. They said they'd get a little in the basement but otherwise none. For heat, it has a propane stove upstairs and a wood stove in the basement. They have enough wood stockpiled to last for months of using it as a sole source of heat, if not a year. So I think we'd really only need a generator for the well. I'm going to start a thread on that.
We finally got out to see our horses yesterday. They apparently only had one hose / pipe that was still working, so the barn owner had basically decided that the ponies could just drink from the pond so she wouldn't have to fill the trough (because the hose that was working wouldn't reach it). The pond is DISGUSTING -- full of runoff from an overstocked pasture that is never poop picked. We filled a bunch of buckets and hauled it over until the big trough was full. One of the pones was so glad to have it. The trough had iced over the top, and there was about a four-inch rim of ice around the top, then it was empty for about a foot, then another rim of ice that someone had kicked through, then a little ice and water underneath that. It was really hard for them to drink out of.
At the new place, this sort of cold shouldn't be a problem, but with climate change who knows. At least that barn has hot running water (!) so even if buckets and troughs froze I could just fill them with hot water and melt the ice.
Changing topics, more gripes about our local idiot drivers:
- There was a brief article in the news about one of the highways being closed because it was being treated for ice. It included this: "The highway authority is asking that people please stop driving around the barriers to get onto the highway." Seriously? This is happening with enough frequency that you have to make a public announcement about it?
- Not related to weather, but for the first six months of Covid our traffic was down a lot. But traffic deaths went UP significantly. Not as a proportion of traffic, but as a fixed number.