The past eight days have been a living nightmare, storm after storm after storm--now it looks like one more day--Today Wednesday April 19 th, the ninth day, it's said to be the last for a few days, only it comes with a grater risk of tornadoes.
This run of ( very questionable weather ) began on April the 19TH @ exactly 9:50 pm---that's when a bow echo of winds greater than 95 MPH Knocked out power and knocked down hundreds of trees in my immediate community, I lost a 150 year old White Oak, it crushed the kids' trampoline which is now sitting in a pile out back of the drive way. Their play yard escaped with only minor damage and the rest of their stuff just got wet
Most importantly no one was injured which I find pretty amazing considering the wind-- saying it was scary doesn't do it justice--I don't rattle over very much, this has had a psychological impact, not only on me but most of the people I know. Everyone is talking about the strain, the warning sirens, and the local media fear-mongering tactics.
The rain has been relentless just unreal to see--places in southern Illinois and South East Missouri have had close to 20 inches of rain these past 8 days, more last night and more today. The Ohio River is 20 miles wide in places, small towns that dot the area are, or will be gone by the time the river makes it's crest. Sandbagging is going on non stop---" HOMELAND SECURITY " is trying to run that show, only the locals here have set up their own work station--last count was over 100,000 bags all filled by local volunteers-
This is a long long story, I'll try to post some photos when I get time---I've got a very valuable White Oak log limmed out and waiting to be bucked up, only I can't bring myself to do it--only a true fool would use a virgin timber Log for firewood---The problem it that Timber buyers won't touch residential Timber---one nail can ruin a $2,000.00 saw blade--so they pass---doesn't matter how hard you try to convince them they simply refuse to buy wood from homeowners--
Anyway it looks like I'm off to buy another new Stihl chainsaw--only this time I'll have to go the professional route and they ain't cheap--around $ 1,000.00 for the necessary saw to handle these logs---in my opinion---worth their wait in gold--nothing like the sound of chainsaws in the morning, sounds like victory!
We were lucky, very very lucky--and I truly hope today is the last until at least early next week- Oh I almost forgot---we had some surly visitors cruising the roads listening for the sounds of generators looking for easy pickings so to speak. I had two guys start to pull down my drive, I surprised them while on my way to the mail box. They tried to back out but too many rubbernecks were blocking their escape---I asked " What can I help you guys with?"
" Oh we're just looking to see if anyone needs any help "
Yeah right I said--what could you possibly do to help anyone out here? You've got no chainsaws, rigging rope, or gear of any kind in your truck---maybe you've got a front end loader parked just down the street, or maybe you're electricians and can help the power company string new wire, or plant new poles!! No we ain't got nuttin like that they say----to which I said --imagine that.
They need to rid the earth of Meth and the sooner the better but that's for another thread--- I hate to say it but that is the bad side of some human beings, and if you ever find yourself rattled and without power for a few days time, remember to watch for these types---THEY STEAL YOUR STUFF and they know it'll be easy because more than likely you're preoccupied-- with other things-
These guys were scoping out the area--that's all--nothing else. A very very risky activity around these parts, especially after dark.
More on this when time permits.
be safe,http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cm ... 4&source=0 Cole