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Red Green wrote:I always was a bit of a worrywart-boyscout-independent type growing up....the Cold War didn't make me any more laid back....but the Ice Storm that hit Ontario Quebec & New Hampshire Maine maybe even Vermont really drove it home to me.
Some areas were without grid power for 2 weeks and according to some sources we were That Close to having no grid power til summer in some areas.
Some ingenious solutions were used like one town in Quebec using a Diesel Electric train engine to power the local community centre... it was close enough to the tracks to allow low effort hookup, another town using the propane powered car wash to supply hot water, and one local man here rigged a 12 volt dc motor to his bicycle to charge 12 volt car batteries for light,etc.
My own personal experience was pretty ho-hum....4 days with on-off grid power & an Idiot Brother that came close to torching his house with a camp stove, but that's what made me more of a "survivalist" if one can use those terms here & not get flamed!
Diesel2 wrote:Great name OP...Yep, the Ice Storm of '98 was a doozy. I was living in the highlands of Lanark county at the time. My landlord and I had installed a woodstove that fall in my apt. It became the stove and furnace for 3 weeks of the outage. I was the guy with the lanterns, propane heater, lots of wild game dinners and host to some of those that had no idea what to do or how to cope. We had the army, helicopter fly-ins by politicians and a great team of volunteers and chainsaws to clear roads and move supplies into some of the more remote homesteads. I was able to volunteer at the village emergency supply depot...we had wool blankets donated that were still in paper bags marked 1958 Civil Defense...still have a couple..just in case!
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