Northeast ice storm leaves 1.25M with...

Northeast ice storm leaves 1.25M without power

There are 12 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Dec 13, 2008, titled Northeast ice storm leaves 1.25M without power. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

As it got down into the teens and single digits in New Hampshire, people who lost power from a massive ice storm showed up at some shelters by the dozens.

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brush hill bob

Perkasie, PA

#1 Dec 13, 2008
our new president wants to spend alot of money on infrastructure upgrades to put people to work and jump start the economey. i wish they would consider a program to bury utilility lines. i know it would not be the end of power outages but at least we wouldn't have to worry about ice, trees and auto accidents. this could be a program like the one that brought electricity to rural america in the '30's. with new technology available today, going across roads,driveways etc.. can be done with less of an impact. another added benefit is that it beautify the countryside.
emerald

Waldorf, MD

#2 Dec 13, 2008
brush hill bob wrote:
our new president wants to spend alot of money on infrastructure upgrades to put people to work and jump start the economey. i wish they would consider a program to bury utilility lines. i know it would not be the end of power outages but at least we wouldn't have to worry about ice, trees and auto accidents. this could be a program like the one that brought electricity to rural america in the '30's. with new technology available today, going across roads,driveways etc.. can be done with less of an impact. another added benefit is that it beautify the countryside.
What a wonderful idea. I buried mine a few years ago. Last spring we had a very bad storm and a big locust limb fell on the cable line that had not been buried. The power lines were on the same pole. Saved me a big headache. I wonder how to get that idea through to the powers that be?
emerald

Waldorf, MD

#3 Dec 13, 2008
That should read the power lines "had been" on the same pole.
Hawklady

Zion Grove, PA

#4 Dec 13, 2008
Does Plaistow have power? I am trying to find a gas station. Epping is out of gas.

Since: May 08

East Otis, MA

#5 Dec 13, 2008
Well there is going to be a lot of firewood available!
One bright spot !
Sorry for everyones discomfort or losses due to this storm!
SEMPER FI
Dick

AOL

#6 Dec 13, 2008
Does anyone know if Tuba Christmas is still on?
Correspondent from Lenox

Albany, NY

#7 Dec 13, 2008
Who pays for the electricity when the power is off?
Does anyone out there really believe the power company will take the hit?
Don't laugh. The cable companys tried this approach and failed, years ago. It sounds turrible because it is turrible!
emerald

Waldorf, MD

#8 Dec 14, 2008
Correspondent from Lenox wrote:
Who pays for the electricity when the power is off?
Does anyone out there really believe the power company will take the hit?
Don't laugh. The cable companys tried this approach and failed, years ago. It sounds turrible because it is turrible!
I believe that if the power is off then the meter does not run...therefore no charge. I imagine there are some kind of fees or taxes that don't get reduced though.
fly on da wall

Chicopee, MA

#9 Dec 14, 2008
emerald wrote:
<quoted text>I believe that if the power is off then the meter does not run...therefore no charge. I imagine there are some kind of fees or taxes that don't get reduced though.
UR correct. There is no abatement of the basic service charges even though the service is not available.

The underground service from the primaries to buildings is a good idea for exactly the reasons you spoke of. The direct burial cable is more expensive than the stuff hanging in the air but it's worth it if you live around trees.

The outages emphasize the wisdom of alternate off-grid power supplies, stored food and water, and alternate heat sources.
Hard Corps

Syracuse, NY

#10 Dec 14, 2008
The people back in the 1800 has to do without
electricity,cellphones,televis ion,computers and so on.. they seem to have made out ok..

stop being a bunch of cry babies.... SEMPER FI!
old folk needs

Glens Falls, NY

#11 Dec 15, 2008
What about the pinwheels like up at Jimminy, do those eyesores go to?
Mom in Fremont NH

Palmer, MA

#12 Dec 19, 2008
WOW... And maybe it would be alright if we were living back in the 1800's!! BUT.. we're not - are we? I just went for 6 days without heat and water with no spare money to be spending on excess expenditures. It wasn't fun. It was a lot of work and it cost me a lot of money. Smarten up!
Hard Corps wrote:
The people back in the 1800 has to do without
electricity,cellphones,televis ion,computers and so on.. they seem to have made out ok..
stop being a bunch of cry babies.... SEMPER FI!

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