Life after ice storm dire, getting wo...

Life after ice storm dire, getting worse in spots

There are 14 comments on the WHDH story from Jan 30, 2009, titled Life after ice storm dire, getting worse in spots. In it, WHDH reports that:

In some parts of rural Kentucky, they're getting water the old-fashioned way -- with pails from a creek.

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KY Grandma

Alliance, OH

#1 Jan 31, 2009
For the most part, this winter disaster is being downplayed in spite of the fact that this is the worst KY disaster in recorded history. The National Guard has not made it back into the most remote areas that are primarily populated with impoverished elderly. Heaven only knows what they will find.

God bless the folks in TN. that are sharing what little they have to share. They are in a mess also but not quite as bad. Folks who can get out are driving down there for gasoline and other supplies. Many areas will not be up and running for a month..........if the weather holds up.

Where are the Red Cross and FEMA?

“It all about money”

Since: Oct 08

st louis

#2 Jan 31, 2009
I hear power will not be restored for up to 8 weeks in some areas.

My 80 year old dad is with out power but thankfully they have gas heaters that do not require electric to run and they have kerosene lamps. They also have a camp stove to cook on, so they are better off than most.

“It all about money”

Since: Oct 08

st louis

#3 Jan 31, 2009
Oh BTW FEMA isnt of any help. they just write checks.

The national guard is out helping.
KY Grandma

Alliance, OH

#4 Jan 31, 2009
katn, I say in all sincerity that I hope your father has enough fuel to go the distance. In many areas, the gas stations are closed due to no gas. Some fuel oil companies are empty or nearso and only providing hospitals and nursing homes.
People who can get out are asked to stay home and preserve their gas for emergency medical runs. In some areas, folks are being ordered into overcrowded shelters.
Where is your family? Which county? I trust you are remaining in contact as cell phone service is up and down in many areas. Very best wishes, Sweetie.
KY Grandma

Alliance, OH

#5 Jan 31, 2009
Yes, the Guard has been out working their butts off, with little sleep for days. God bless them. In many areas, they are just now finishing up the county seats and slowly working their way out into the ccunties where the prolems are worse. They will litterally be battling their way up ridges and down into the "hollers" where the damage is worst and the area is primarily populated with impoverished elderly who don't have you father's emergency plan. Bravo to him. Give him a big hug for me when this is over.

“It all about money”

Since: Oct 08

st louis

#6 Jan 31, 2009
My dad is in Ohio county. fortunatly the mining company is out there and they cleared the roads or they would probably still be stuck. And now would be with out food, but he was able to make it to the store. He put his food outside in a cooler and it froze hehe. Yes he is always prepared for emergancies, He thinks that he is going to clean the trees out himself, I told him that I was on my way and was coming with two chain saws...if only he will wait for me to get there. But I'll give him that hug. >smile<
I have a friend in Edmunson county, her relatives home burnt to the ground, due to a candle and most likely children playing with it, but the fire dept was not able to get to the home at all. She does not have any phone service, but they did cut a tunnel threw the trees for them, about 2 days ago, so they are able to get to town, but supplies are almost nonexsistant.
She told me of an elderly couple that lived down the road from them that were found froze, they had no back up heat. so ssad
KY Grandma

Alliance, OH

#7 Jan 31, 2009
There are worse places than Ohio county but that isn't saying much. I am so glad you are going down. Take plenty of cases of water.

Edmonson is a real mess. The northern section will be down for at least a month. Another resident went off the road and into a body of water. She was recued but flatlined in the squad. They brought her back twice and then one more time at the regional medical center before letting her go. Her core body temp was extremely low. I spoke with an Edmonson friend whose cell phone was working at the moment and he said that the entire area looks like a tornado went through.

I am very lucky to be in Warren county where we just need to be concerned about rationing everything and keeping the thermastat at at 63 to prevent more grid failures.

Your father sounds smart and spunky. None the less, make him behave..........if possible. Best wishes.
tournefort

AOL

#8 Feb 1, 2009
Thank you for sharing your stories.

Since we haven't seen the same barrage of pictures covering KY as we saw with Katrina, few can imagine the winding roads and "hollers" that make it more difficult to reach people in any emergency, much less like the one caused by the ice storm.

Please keep us informed on how things are going.
MARION

Columbia, KY

#9 Feb 1, 2009
We are slowly getting our power back, well we the people of Ky have been through it, if not for our candels and redneck ways of making due, we would have frozen to death, can you believe it is supposed to get 50 today, we had and ice storm in 1993/1994 our power was off for 2 weeks its not the first time its happened to us, but we take care of everybody and make sure everybody has what they need, its the kindness we share with others at times like this that makes us the HILLBILLY"S we are.
KY Grandma

Alliance, OH

#10 Feb 1, 2009
I lived out in the boonies for years and learned to keep a two week emergency pantry. I have neighbors who laughed over the fact that I keep 20 cases of water in the pantry that I keep rotated as I rotate the food.

Yeh, I remember the ice storm of 93/94. I was so grateful to have a pantry full of supplies so all I had to do was stay bundled up and check on neighbors.

Since: May 07

Indianapolis

#12 Feb 2, 2009
MARION wrote:
We are slowly getting our power back, well we the people of Ky have been through it, if not for our candels and redneck ways of making due, we would have frozen to death, can you believe it is supposed to get 50 today, we had and ice storm in 1993/1994 our power was off for 2 weeks its not the first time its happened to us, but we take care of everybody and make sure everybody has what they need, its the kindness we share with others at times like this that makes us the HILLBILLY"S we are.
God bless Rednecks and Hillbillys. William Faulkner said it well, "They endure."
Shut Up

Essex, MD

#13 Feb 2, 2009
MAKES YOU WONDER -
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IOWA (THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA ) AND THE DECAYING CESSPOOL THAT WE CALL NEW ORLEANS ? CONSIDER THAT NEW ORLEANS KNEW THAT A HURRICANE WAS COMING AND CHOSE TO DO LITTLE ,THEN EXPECTED THE GOVERNMENT (WE TAXPAYERS) TO REBUILD THEIR CITY AND THEIR HOMES. AND BETTER THAN THEY WERE PRIOR TO THE HURRICANE.

IOWA,ON THE OTHER HAND, JUST DEALT WITH IT.

Where were the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the floods? Where was good old Michael Moore?

Why did the media NOT ask the tough questions about why the federal government didn't solve this problem?...Asking where the FEMA trucks and trailers and food services were?

Why didn't the Federal government move Iowa people into free hotels in Chicago and Minneapolis ?

When will Spike Lee say that the Federal government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines ? Where were Sean Penn, Bono, and the Dixie Chicks? Where were all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes,cases of beer and television sets?
When will we hear Governor Chet Culver say that he wants to rebuild a 'vanilla' Iowa .... because that's what God wants?

Where was the hysterical 24/7 media coverage complete with reports of shootings at rescuers, of rapes and murder? Where were all the people screaming that George Bush hates white, rural people? Where were Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Oprah, and Ray Coniff Jr?
How come after two weeks, you never heard about the Iowa flooding ever again? Where were the government bailout vouchers? The government debit cards?

What the heck made New Orleans so valuable that the federal government spent billions there, and nothing in Iowa ? Ever wonder about that?
Shut Up

Essex, MD

#14 Feb 2, 2009
MARION wrote:
We are slowly getting our power back, well we the people of Ky have been through it, if not for our candels and redneck ways of making due, we would have frozen to death, can you believe it is supposed to get 50 today, we had and ice storm in 1993/1994 our power was off for 2 weeks its not the first time its happened to us, but we take care of everybody and make sure everybody has what they need, its the kindness we share with others at times like this that makes us the HILLBILLY"S we are.
Amen. Go rednecks. Glad you're okay.:)
tournefort

AOL

#15 Feb 2, 2009
Shut Up wrote:
MAKES YOU WONDER -
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IOWA (THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA ) AND THE DECAYING CESSPOOL THAT WE CALL NEW ORLEANS ? CONSIDER THAT NEW ORLEANS KNEW THAT A HURRICANE WAS COMING AND CHOSE TO DO LITTLE ,THEN EXPECTED THE GOVERNMENT (WE TAXPAYERS) TO REBUILD THEIR CITY AND THEIR HOMES. AND BETTER THAN THEY WERE PRIOR TO THE HURRICANE.
IOWA,ON THE OTHER HAND, JUST DEALT WITH IT.
Where were the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the floods? Where was good old Michael Moore?
Why did the media NOT ask the tough questions about why the federal government didn't solve this problem?...Asking where the FEMA trucks and trailers and food services were?
Why didn't the Federal government move Iowa people into free hotels in Chicago and Minneapolis ?
When will Spike Lee say that the Federal government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines ? Where were Sean Penn, Bono, and the Dixie Chicks? Where were all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes,cases of beer and television sets?
When will we hear Governor Chet Culver say that he wants to rebuild a 'vanilla' Iowa .... because that's what God wants?
Where was the hysterical 24/7 media coverage complete with reports of shootings at rescuers, of rapes and murder? Where were all the people screaming that George Bush hates white, rural people? Where were Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Oprah, and Ray Coniff Jr?
How come after two weeks, you never heard about the Iowa flooding ever again? Where were the government bailout vouchers? The government debit cards?
What the heck made New Orleans so valuable that the federal government spent billions there, and nothing in Iowa ? Ever wonder about that?
Yes, repeatedly. And other disasters where people simply roll up their sleeves and "deal" with it.

That is not to say that NO/Louisiana/other coastal cities didn't need Federal help. They did. A huge swath of land was hit by Katrina.(Of course, we basically just heard about NO, right?)

But, the other points you make are right on target.

As far as I am concerned, the wailing and fingerpointing after Katrina are much like the "anti-war" protestors who march in the streets, full of anger, to protest the deaths caused by war and yet NEVER lift a finger to protest the murder, torture, and illegal imprisonment that occurs on a daily basis or to condemn the numerous repressive governments around the world who routinely commit human rights violations as a means of maintaining power.

They strike me hypocrits and quite "selective" in the targets they choose to protest. For the last eight years it was George Bush, NOT Castro, not Chavez, not Kim Jong-il, not Ahmadinejad, not Putin, on and on and on.

Before the invasion of Iraq, did we hear a peep from protesters about the " butcher of Baghdad"?
Apparently it's ok for a dictator to routinely torture, maim and murder hundreds of thousands of his own people but NOT ok if people die REMOVING that dictator and bringing about the elections such as we saw yesterday.

Oh, have we heard anything from Bono and the Dixie Chicks about that election? Is Oprah planning a show to interview any of the Iraqi women who ran for office yesterday?

Heh, I just tried to find info on Oprah mentioning the elections. No luck. But, I DID find a note about Oprah praising Kate Winslet's breasts!

On the same page was an article about the "forgotten" crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 5.4 million have died since 1998.
45,000 die every month. Where's the Michael Moore expose on the Congo?

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