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Major Ice Storm
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Richard    Posted 02-04-2002 at 21:10:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Live just east of KC. Night of January 30th, all trees in area lost major limbs or branches. Some that were leaning prior just up rooted. Structural damage and power outages throughout area. Was really an experience when outside that night to hear hundreds of trees splitting apart at once with the strobe effect flashes across the night sky of transformers blowing. Won't forget this winter ever. Heard people talk that a tree just 30 feet tall can hold up to 5 tons of ice. Anyone ever heard these figuers before?


DJ    Posted 02-06-2002 at 20:14:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We live in Lenexa, Ks. I've been here almost 20 years, never in my life have I experienced anything like that night. We watched out our bedroom window and heard trees splitting and breaking on average of every 30 seconds. Tree limbs just covered the ground everywhere we looked.

We only lost one limb from the old pin oak out back. And we never lost our power. We were very fortunate. We worked chipping ice off the wooden deck for fear it would collapse.

It was truly a surreal evening.


Murphy    Posted 02-06-2002 at 11:19:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Richard. I'm out on the west side of KC out towards Lawrence, KS. We had well over an inch of ice starting Tuesday night. Our power was down for just shy of four days. I'm told our damage wasn't trees but actual poles that snapped. It made me really thankful that we put in the woodstove this summer.

Now I just have to take care of all the downed limbs and broken trees. I think the end result will be a whole lot thinner wooded area.


Richard    Posted 02-06-2002 at 15:42:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, the clean up is going to be a long process. Have the chain saw and tractor and wagon hooked up and, what I don't cut up for fire wood is making a one way trip to my burn ditch. What a mess though, I'll bet I'll still be working at it in April.


Jim(MO)    Posted 02-05-2002 at 10:06:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Richard. I live in KC Mon. - Thur. and saw the transformers glowing and trees popping. Pretty wierd. Our farm is out east in Chariton county. We drive up there via hwy's 210, 10 and 24. Going up last Fri. morning my wife kept commenting about how beutiful it was. Getting old I guess, all I saw was the destruction.


TELL KIDS STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POLES,LINES!!    Posted 02-05-2002 at 09:15:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
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Geneva G. in OK    Posted 02-05-2002 at 09:12:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Live here in SW OK and got part of that storm also. Looks as though a tornado went through here! and topped a lot of our trees. Was without electric until Sunday night. Not rough on me since I have gas heat, however was rough on friends you rely on the electric to run the motors of their gas furnaces. And rough on the kids (teenagers) also, to have to live without their TV and Nintendo! Haven't had a chance to clean up any of the trees from the storm and now we're getting socked with 3 inches or more of snow today! I have to say, it sure looks pretty, but it is a pain if you have to get out in it as my husband has to!
Geneva G. in OK
(Staying warm and enjoying the view!)


Nathan(GA)    Posted 02-05-2002 at 08:39:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had a bad one Jan 2-3 of this year. Power was out for 47 hours. Limbs and trees sounded about like a dove shoot.

The wind was blowing yesterday, 30+ mph, with no outages. I guess mother nature cleaned up what the right of ways crews can't. Usually this would've been another outage.

Thses pines just can't stand the weight. Some of the smaller ones haven't straightened yet and won't.


hay    Posted 02-05-2002 at 04:43:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
i live in se texas and we don't get many ice storms, but in the winter of 1993-94 we had a two day storm. everything was covered in a sheet of ice and the trees in our forest were stunningly beautiful. mostly big pines and elm and oak and the noise was horrendous. cracking like a small caliber rifle.


Les...fortunate    Posted 02-05-2002 at 02:33:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
BTDT. We had a bad one in January of '98. Pines and other softwoods seemed to fare pretty well. It was the hardwoods that took an awful beating.


Ludwig - yup    Posted 02-05-2002 at 07:34:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
We lost power for 3 days on that one. Spent
alot of time in the basement sleeping next to
the coal burning stove. Reminded us all why a
furnace is a wonderful thing. That was the only
time I've ever heard my dad consider getting a
generator.


Salmoneye    Posted 02-05-2002 at 03:33:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounded like a war zone here in 98.
Cracking trees sounded just like a rifle and then the tinckling of broken glass (ice).

Sobering to say the least...


Les    Posted 02-05-2002 at 04:58:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember it well. Even a branch no bigger than your finger would make enough noise so that you'd think a whole tree was coming down. I would not step out of my truck without a hard hat on. Took an oak limb right in the windershield. Drove it around for another month or more before I finally got it fixed. (That was in my work truck).
Where I live, we got no ice. The temp stayed right at 34* for those 3 days it was raining and never budged.


Salmoneye    Posted 02-05-2002 at 05:30:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Lucky!

We were in the thick of it...without power for 4 days and we are only 400 yards from the switching station...some here were without for 3 weeks...Almost got nailed by a 4 inch maple limb from about 50 feet up, but dove under my Scrambler...caught some of my leg but missed my head...changed the hood out the next week...spent the first three days with chains on in 4 wheel low running the roads with my saws just trying to keep them open for emergency vehicles and 'doing' for the family...hate to say it...But I had a blast...

;-)


Les    Posted 02-05-2002 at 12:20:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
It was kinda fun but it lasted a little too long to be fun after the first few days. It started on Thursday night here for us and I worked 16 hours a day until the following Sunday when they finally let me go home. Made for a nice paycheck.
Some of our seasonal customers didn't get their power restored until summer.


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