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Maine Ice Storm Update -- 3rd Day w/o Power, 15 Degrees ( -9 degrees C)

By Andrew Pollack on 12/14/2008 at 08:52 AM EST

Think it's no big deal? Into the 3rd day here in Maine, and nearly 100,000 residences remain without power. Here's what happens if you can't heat your house.


That means no heat. No heat for the house also means no way to keep the pipes in the house from freezing and bursting. We're not just talking about the water pipes in the kitchen and bathroom here -- houses here are usually heated by pumping heated water through pipes that run through all the rooms to baseboard registers. Those pipes also freeze and burst if you don't keep the house warm.

So far, with temperatures well below freezing outside, many people in Maine and New Hampshire are dealing with their third day of fighting to keep this from happening.


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re: Maine Ice Storm Update -- 3rd Day w/o Power, 15 Degrees ( -9 degrees C)By Richard Schwartz on 12/14/2008 at 10:51 AM EST
We got our power back yesterday morning, so we were down for about 36 hours.
No problems with the pipes, and no food spoilage. Here in NH, I think the main
difference between this storm and 1998 is that public works and the utilities
were better prepared. From my point of view, they did a great job.
re: Maine Ice Storm Update -- 3rd Day w/o Power, 15 Degrees ( -9 degrees C)By Richard Schwartz on 12/14/2008 at 07:11 PM EST
I have to back-pedal on that "better prepared" remark. Apparently we were just
amongst the lucky ones this time. There are still many, many thousands of
homes without power or heat, and its closing in on 72 hours now.
re: Maine Ice Storm Update -- 3rd Day w/o Power, 15 Degrees ( -9 degrees C)By Carl Tyler on 12/14/2008 at 03:53 PM EST
Urgh, I am still in the UK. Won't get back till tomorrow, but I know I have
not electricity which means no heat. I do have that plastic piping that is
supposed to be able to expand to account fro freezing so hopefully I will get
away ok...
re: Maine Ice Storm Update -- 3rd Day w/o Power, 15 Degrees ( -9 degrees C)By mom on 12/14/2008 at 06:17 PM EST
Been wondering how you were doing? Generators working?
re: Maine Ice Storm Update -- 3rd Day w/o Power, 15 Degrees ( -9 degrees C)By Fred Janssen on 12/15/2008 at 08:28 AM EST
Hi mom.
re: Maine Ice Storm Update -- 3rd Day w/o Power, 15 Degrees ( -9 degrees C)By mdmadph on 12/15/2008 at 02:49 PM EST
I know "the grass is always greener on the other side" and all that, but it's
72F where I'm at right now, and I'm sick and tired of it. What I would do for
a few months of 40F weather, at least.


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