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Irene – the aftermath #2

So stil no power.  And as an added bonus, the system now won’t give out eta’s for power restore.  Which means who knows if we will have power on the 3rd.  Sigh.

On the upside my folks were able to bring down the RV with it’s generator to power a few critical things – the fridge, freezers, fish tank, and sump.  Even a light or two.  Other than the occasional normal pump, the sump seems to not be pumping water really anymore, so looks like the ground has gone back to it’s not completely soaked self.  So even if something happens the basement doesn’t look like it’ll flood.  Granted that’s with the rain coming again on Thur… and on sat… and on Sunday.  Yea let’s just say that I hope it doesn’t rain as much as the hurricane originally duped on us.

We tried to power the TV and internet… but apparently U-Verrse doesn’t work like cable.  There’s some box somewhere out in the world that has to have power in order to get that info to us.  That means even with a  powered up modem and tv… still no internet or tv.  So much for my “UPS backup dreams” I had set up.  We can have a home network.  Just nothing outside of the house connected to anything.  Very annoying.

Cell signal came back yesterday morning.  Looks like they got at least 1 of the 2 towers that were down up and working.  Bonus.  That means I have at least some internet connectivity at home, even if it is just on my phone.  Still something I suppose.

And to top it off, tomorrow was supposed to be Callista’s first day of school.  As in first day ever of school.  (more info on Callista over here) True just a 1 hour session to get to know the teacher and other students… but no power means the schools have been all out of whack.  It currently looks like the hour “get to know ya” PreSchool/Kindergarten session is been bumped to Friday, with the possibility of it being Tue.

Overall we could have faired much worse.  See the images of people’s homes washed away and tree’s splitting homes in half.  It’s still kinda annoying.

Irene – the aftermath

So we are without power.  Woke up sunday morning to find now power, and worse no cell coverage.  Looks like the storm knocked out (or the power to) a AT&T cell tower.  So we have very little if any phone or internet connection while at home.  Of course that power signal also means our phones are just sucking power.  No signal means it’s at full antenna strength trying to find a signal.  So, really short battery life at the moment.  Luckily our laptops can charge our phones and both of our cares have chargers as well, but still had to charge it three times yesterday without any major use.

Nothing major down in our areas.  Some branches the occasional tree.  As I walked around our house my foot sank into an inch of water saturating the ground.  Was like walking in a marsh.  The sump pump is running continuously.  I’d estimated about a gallon and a half a minute.  I’m hoping the battery for it holds out till the electricity comes on, or at least holds out till the water stops soaking into the house.  Although not holding out too much hope since power isn’t scheduled to come back on till Sept 3rd, 12:00am (anyone know if that means sat or fri night???).

Also around town there is a lot of flooding.  A lot of roads are closed.  When I went out foraging for some lunch and coffee ran into a lot of blocked roads.  Some were so bad that it looked like new lakes and rivers had formed over night.  Took a picture of one.  The road in front was way more impressive (was lower down) but didn’t want to block the traffic trying up.  On my way into work this morning, other than the one light in downtown Danbury, I didn’t run into another working stoplight till I got near work.  And not a cop to be seen.  So that made all those intersections interesting.

We also got lucky in a few areas.  We filled up the tub saturday night , and that coupled with the low water, high-powered toilet we installed, has allowed us to flush the toilet without too much trouble.  We had gallon water jugs downstairs so we have drinkable water.  We have the grill so we can do some basic cooking.  Also i only have small fish this time around so the occasional dumping of water in and out of the fish tank (in theory) should provide enough oxygen not to have them all dead).  We also luckily had the iPad. Even with me using it for a lot of the day and us watching a full movie on it (and me forgetting to turn off the wifi and bluetooth) it still had 50% power by the time we went to bed.  Pretty nice.

And here’s the report from the MTA about the trains I have to take… here’s the important bits:

  • The signal system is not fully functioning on any of the three lines.
  • Several sections of track in various sections along Hudson line have been damaged by mudslides and washouts. One mudslide in the area of Spuyten Duyvil has also undermined a home that is above the track. Another mudslide in the area of Scarborough has damaged 300-feet of third rail.
  • The tracks through Tuckahoe station are flooded with up to 4 feet of water as the Bronx River continues to overflow its banks.
  • There is significant flooding at stations and parking lots. The underpass at Beacon Station is completely under water as is the North White Plains station parking lot.
  • Trees have fallen on the tracks on all three Metro-North lines.
Here’s a video someone made of the bronx river parkway.  Egads… no wonder the trains aren’t running.