We have now lived in Virgina for 2 months. In those 2 months we have lost our power twice. This shouldn't be a big deal coming from the rural Adirondack Mountains right? We should be used to it. The first time the power went out it was 4th of July weekend. I was at the grocery store stocking up for company who were coming the next day. Typical things like meat, ice cream, milk, juice, eggs. Pretty much everything that needs to be kept cold in 90 degree weather. The power was out for 13 hours. Ouch. Ice cream was a bit mushy by the time it came back on.
So last night we were finishing up bathtime when the lights began to flicker. We quickly got Kaylee and Karissa to bed and minutes later it all went dark. I naively say to Eric, "it can't possibly be out for as long as last time." I was wrong, it was out for almost 16 hours this time. Perfect. Once again, mushy ice cream.
What caused the two outages? Trees! Ok, they had help from violent thunder storms with high winds and hail, but really it was the trees.
We lived in the woods for nine years and never lost power for that long, maybe for 2 or 3 hours once or twice, but never for almost 16.
So, my advice to Dominion Virginia Power, as worthless as this may be, cut down the trees that are close to the power lines before they fall down and knock 17,000 people out of power. Then you may not have to pay crews overtime to cut them down in the middle of the night!! And no one will have to eat mushy ice cream.