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Tattoo
01-28-2009, 08:13 AM
Hello Everyone,

I just received a call from Kelly Allen asking me to post this on his behalf. Kelly will be without power for almost a week due to power outages from the recent ice storm making its way across the Country. He has been receiving many e-mails from members of these boards, vendors and friends; he just wants everyone to know that he will definitely get to your e-mails as soon as power is restored.

Take care.

Tattoo

Jim Warfield
01-28-2009, 08:41 AM
Some states in the more southern areas do not have the same number of boom trucks and line crews that the northern states have to get power restored quickly from storm damage.
It all just kind of begins and ends right there as far as wondering "Why?"

hsmag
01-28-2009, 11:18 AM
We're in the same boat Tattoo. Ice causing trees and limbs to fall every few minutes, lines snapping down. They say we'll be without power for 2 weeks and Kentucky has been declared in a state of emergency due to this. Right now we're running on a generator, so we're able to cook and have running water and have some basic electricity, thankfully.

So far this storm has already done hundreds of dollars worth of damage to our property and there are heavy limbs that have fallen on our power lines and I don't know how much more the lines can take, as they seem to be sagging down more by the day.

Please pray for everyone that's been affected by this. Below is some photos I took yesterday. It's worse today and will be continuing to go downhill for a week or more. If we can't get more gas within the next few days we'll end up going to a shelter more than likely.

I'll try to get some more pictures today of the damage that happened overnight but please, pray for everyone affected by this. Even the shelters are running out of food and supplies...and it's only been one day!

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/hauntsearch/snowstorm4.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/hauntsearch/snowstorm3.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/hauntsearch/snowstorm2.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/hauntsearch/snowstorm1.jpg

hsmag
01-28-2009, 11:51 AM
UPDATE: (Wed, Day 2)

The power lines are sagging more and more. Right now they're only about 7 feet off the ground. Not sure how much more weight on them they can take before they snap. More limbs have fallen and we now have snow in addition to the ice.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/hauntsearch/snowstorm5.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/hauntsearch/snowstorm7.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/hauntsearch/snowstorm8.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/hauntsearch/snowstorm9.jpg

SomeThingInTheIce
01-28-2009, 01:09 PM
I know this sucks for you guys but those photos are wicked cool, would make a great set for a haunt.

N2SPOOKINU
01-29-2009, 08:31 PM
Our prayers go out to all the families devistated by these storms. Good luck and pray for sunshine and warm weather. Greg

DeadManWalking
01-30-2009, 08:32 AM
This was taken outside work yesterday. Thought we were in Narnia.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v667/dravenx/Ice%2009/IMG_1889_2.jpg

damon carson
01-30-2009, 09:34 AM
Wow that is really bad! I hope things get better and everyone has somewhere to go for warmth. That has to be horrible. My prayers are with you.
Damon

Nightgore
01-30-2009, 10:29 AM
I hope everybody is doing OK with this ice storm! I've just had my power back on, been without since Tues., one of KY's 600K+! Now I have to clean out the fridge totally and go grocery shopping!

My prayers are with those still without power!

Kelly,

Can't wait to get you back on the boards!

I freakin' hate winter! -Tyler

hsmag
01-30-2009, 10:50 AM
You're lucky Tyler. They're saying it could be 30 days before we get our power back now. Luckily we were able to get to get to Tennessee and get gas for our generator and food because no stores or gas stations around here have electricity. I hope this blows over soon. We haven't had anymore freezing rain since Wed so hopefully that's over with.

We haven't had cell service for the past few days either... so the internet has been my only means of communicataion with the outside world, since we have no long distance on our land phone.

Ironman
01-30-2009, 12:02 PM
Southern Indiana was hit as well. Waiting on a tractor now to try to get one of our vehicles out of the drive way. But hey....plenty of firewood for next winter. I just have to get my other trucks out from under them. At least the hearse was spared.
http://s17.photobucket.com/albums/b90/Namnori/Ice%20Storm%2009/

oakhillshaunterTHEFEAR
01-30-2009, 12:17 PM
Guys Guys. This previous Christmas it snowed more then it has ever in 27 years. we got 8 feet of snow and we didnt get anywhere. Albeit that may not be a lot for some of you depending on where you live but it is definately a heck of a lot for me. It took 5 weeks for it all to melts. It took 2 weeks for us to be able to safely drive out. Where I live its about 5 minutes from the highway and 20 minutes from a heavily populated community. All of this story is building up to the point that you guys need to get two or three high power generators. The gasoline can sit for about a year before it needs to be raplaced and one of em can power a house for about a week. Two or three of those puppies could power your house comfortably for two or three weeks. That way atleast you can live civilized and stay in contact with us and family for more important matters.

Nightgore
01-30-2009, 12:26 PM
Snow is not the problem... snows nothing, we have ICE... and LOTS of it! I'll take FEET of snow before an inch of ice any day! -Tyler

hsmag
01-30-2009, 01:05 PM
Guys Guys. This previous Christmas it snowed more then it has ever in 27 years. we got 8 feet of snow and we didnt get anywhere. Albeit that may not be a lot for some of you depending on where you live but it is definately a heck of a lot for me. It took 5 weeks for it all to melts. It took 2 weeks for us to be able to safely drive out. Where I live its about 5 minutes from the highway and 20 minutes from a heavily populated community. All of this story is building up to the point that you guys need to get two or three high power generators. The gasoline can sit for about a year before it needs to be raplaced and one of em can power a house for about a week. Two or three of those puppies could power your house comfortably for two or three weeks. That way atleast you can live civilized and stay in contact with us and family for more important matters.

We have a high power generator and it powers up most everything in the house, albeit not everything at once but we can have lights, tv (for dvd's), laptop, running water, microwave and stove. But what you fail to mention is how much gas these things take. It goes through about 8 gallons a day. When power is out to all these places and there's nowhere to get gas, what do you do?? We had to drive to Tennessee to find gas stations that were open. Generators are only as useful as the amount of gas you have to keep them running.

Raycliff Manor
01-30-2009, 04:48 PM
I'm back! We had lines just down from the house that kept setting the trees on fire so I guess that made us a priority. As soon as the camera charges up, I'll get some pictures off of the ice storm to share. The scenery is beautiful! It's amazing that something so destructive can be so incredible to see. Our phone lines are still not working so anyone trying to call will probably get a busy signal. At any rate, I was able to finally take a nice warm shower again and man was that WONDERFUL!!!:o

My thoughts and prayers right now are focused on those who are struggling through this and trying stay warm and safe.

Kel

oakhillshaunterTHEFEAR
01-30-2009, 05:07 PM
People don't know this but you can let gasonline sit. That means not burn or any movement for a year without it turning to unusable petroleum. Getting a few ten gallon drums of gasoline and setting them aside for such a rainy day(haha) is what I'm talking about.
Believe me I'm not trying to strut my stuff or show off my guns. I'm just saying that is an option you can do. Getting "iced" in sucks. Alot. I used to live in Idaho its always icy there.

hsmag
01-30-2009, 08:24 PM
We have 55 gallon barrels setup for gas. But we only had a partial barrel when this hit. We now have over 110 gallons of gas but if they don't get power restored within a week or two, that may not last us through this.

Unfortunately, because we're not as big a surrounding areas, we're not a priority. While everyone else around the state has had almost all their power restored, the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) won't even allow our power supplier to get on the "grid" until surrounding areas have been fully powered. They say it could be 3 days before they even consider letting our supplier on. Even then, there's downed power lines, individual cases, etc to take care of so there's hard no telling how long this will last.

Luckily we were able to get the heavy limbs off of our power lines today so they didn't snap under the weight. That's a plus.

I've heard reports on the radio about the National Guard coming here to help out with things like shelters, food, etc.

Last night was kind of scary, at least to me, because we had no cell phone service (possibly due to ice being on the towers), our internet quit working and when I went to make a call from the home phone I got a "all circuits are busy" message. This went on all night.

Who could've expected this, right? lol

Raycliff Manor
01-31-2009, 07:11 PM
Here's a slideshow of the winter freeze for anyone interested. The first shots are the incredible morning sunrise that preceded the storm. Thanks again Tattoo for posting the message for me! Our phone lines were out, but I have you programmed in my cell phone as my 911! :-D

http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr42/KellyAllenPhotos/2009%20WINTER%20FREEZE/th_IMG_1445.jpg (http://s468.photobucket.com/albums/rr42/KellyAllenPhotos/?action=view&current=11c17c07.pbw)

Kel

oakhillshaunterTHEFEAR
01-31-2009, 08:02 PM
Shoot anything that requires the help of the National Guard would be scaring me too. I'd be POOPIN my pants.

hsmag
02-01-2009, 04:50 PM
We just got our power back, though this may only be temporary as they may have glitches. There are still downed power lines on our propert wich worries me quite a bit. With everything being so wet, if they were to become live, it would electrify everything outside of the house, trapping us inside.

They also started handing out emergency supplies today. Each family was allotted a box of ready-to-eat meals, 2 cases of bottled water, ice and kerosene.

I'm telling you, if it's not one thing it's another. This has been the worst way possible to start 2009! I'll take 2008 back any day!

Raycliff Manor
02-02-2009, 05:26 AM
Rick,

I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. Pets are family members and it's so hard to see them suffer. I've been sending thoughts, energy and prayers of healing. If it is time for him or her to pass over, I pay for a peaceful passing. The best you can do is be there and give lots of love and affection. Let him/her know that you understand and give permission for the departure. I'm sending you prayers for commfort, strength and healing as well my friend. I'll hope for a miraculous recovery or a miraculous transition, whichever is best and timely. Hang in there Rick.. You have a haunt family of friends who care.

Kel