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Nancy C. in Shawnee, KS

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From: Shawnee, KS USA
Registered: May 99

posted 12-12-2007 02:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nancy C. in Shawnee, KS   Click Here to Email Nancy C. in Shawnee, KS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I keep calling my house in Shawnee to make sure my power is still on (and so far the answering machine keeps doing its job). I suspect my friend isn't staying there since it sounds like Joplin got hit pretty bad and she was there for the weekend. The last time they had a bad ice storm there she couldn't get out of her driveway (she has to drive up to the street and up is not a good direction when you've got ice on the driveway). My house is 33 years old and I have two mature walnut trees on the back side of my house that could do some major damage if they were to fall. I had them trimmed three years ago so there isn't as much there to break as there could be. I have a wooded area behind me and I hope that the trees near the powerlines don't do anything bad to cause my power to go out. And if the cable company's truck will stay out of my neighborhood my phone service should keep working (their truck was in my neighborhood three times in two weeks a couple of years ago and my phone service went out every time; I don't think it was a coincidence since the call before you dig records say that my phone cable runs through my front yard when it's actually behind the house where their cable is).

My mom sent me an EMail this morning to say that she stayed in Leavenworth since she figured the roads to Edwardsville would be bad. My dad is now in a nursing home there, getting rehab so he can go home (maybe in time for Christmas!!! :-) ). My dad called my mom using his cell phone to say that the cooks and laundry people didn't come to work this morning. My mom joked about breakfast being do-it-yourself.

I asked my husband if he thought he should check in on his mother since she lives in Oklahoma (Enid, to be exact). He thought the map looked like she shouldn't be affected. Several years ago she was without power for almost a week and ended up going to a friend's house where the gas oven kept them warm. She bought a generator and was just getting it fired up when the power came back. I wonder if she's still got fuel for it. She now uses an electric wheelchair a lot so if she loses power she has to use her walker more to get around and that can be a challenge for her.


Linda Wilson

Posts: 1775
From: Kansas City, MO
Registered: Apr 99

posted 12-12-2007 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda Wilson   Click Here to Email Linda Wilson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We ended up with about 1/2 inch ice on trees and power lines. We never lost power. The main streets around here were treated so stayed ice free, but they cancelled school so we didn't have to get out this morning so that was good!

We did lose a couple small limbs, but I think we got off really lucky with the temp coming up to 33 degrees!

Hope all you down in Oklahoma are OK!

[This message has been edited by Linda Wilson (edited 12-12-2007).]



Posts: 146
From: Wichita, KS, USA
Registered: Nov 2005

posted 12-11-2007 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for caliebst   Click Here to Email caliebst     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here in Wichita we feel like we dodged a bullet. We had a little ice but nothing like we feared. We did have some people west of town who lost power but where I am we are fine. I am having to help my elderly dog out into the front yard as we cannot negotiate the icy steps on the deck in back, but other than that, we are fine.

Ozknight, Springfield is where my dad is. He has been in the hospital, and he made me promise I would not try to drive down there as he was worried we would hit bad weather. In that last big ice storm, he was without power for almost two weeks. He spent 9 of those at home before I finally got him a hotel room and convinced him to go stay there. I told him if you all had ice like that again, I was making a reservation and he was to go to the hotel ASAP.

So glad we were spared the worst of it. I feel for those of you in OK and elsewhere dealing with no power. Take good care!




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From: Springfield, Mo 65804
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 12-11-2007 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozknight   Click Here to Email ozknight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy to say Springfield was spared this time from the Ice



Posts: 42
From: Oklahoma
Registered: Oct 2004

posted 12-11-2007 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for f150with20s   Click Here to Email f150with20s     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have no power for at least 5-7 days, 500,000 with out power in oklahoma, starting to thaw though, hope my snow globes make it, $200 worth of food in fridge and freezer is dead. But it could be worse. Looks like a war zone with all the trees down.

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Posts: 132
From: Independence, MO USA
Registered: May 2001

posted 12-11-2007 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Starkitros   Click Here to Email Starkitros     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got a pretty good coating of ice here in KC-but we still have power and temps warmed up so that at least a portion is coming down as rain. Helps treating the roads.

Everything will refreeze tonight though and it's supposed to turn to some snow.


Barbara Harris

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From: Miami County, Kansas, USA
Registered: Apr 99

posted 12-11-2007 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Barbara Harris   Click Here to Email Barbara Harris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So far so good for us here in the Louisburg area. Sort of. The main streets in town are slushy, side streets are ice. I live out a ways and our road was pretty bad. I saw a couple of cars to up the hill and figured they made it because they didn't come back by. Wrong. They didn't come back by because they were in the road ditch. I crept along in 4WD granny gear and only slid a little here and there. Going home down that curving hill will be another story! This morning the pellet stove quit working so we are depending on heat from the woodburning stove, using fans to move the air around the house. Our power is still on, and that's the most important thing.

How is everyone else doing who is affected by this weather? If it's really bad and your power is out, you won't have computer access to even see the question! :-(

Barb (Harris) Melton
Whispering Hollow
Miami County, Kansas
I love deadlines, especially the whooshing sound they make as they go by! - Douglas Adams


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