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Old 03-08-2007, 06:15 PM   #15
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then it got dark and really started to snow...

that is pole laying in the middle of the road.
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:20 PM   #16
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day 6 1/2 weather got better but it got cold and the wind still blew.
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:26 PM   #17
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day 7 we have to unload unneeded material in cedar rapids and head home, only 6 hours and it is miller time!

that is me on the left in the last photo.

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Old 03-08-2007, 06:33 PM   #18
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so to sum it up, don't vacation in iowa in march, it is not hospitable.

choose labor day weekend, it looks something like this instead! our annual run to davenport. much nicer!

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Old 03-08-2007, 06:54 PM   #19
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Thanks John,
Interesting series. I think I'll heed your advice...
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Old 03-08-2007, 07:06 PM   #20
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Awh, you're making me homesick. Naw, don't miss it at all!! Thanks for the trip down the frozen memory lane.

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Old 03-08-2007, 07:35 PM   #21
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Nice vacation shots. I think I'll wait till June for my Iowa visit. Good luck.
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Old 03-08-2007, 07:45 PM   #22
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Lift one up for me.

Using some of the comments from the insurance companies: "I can't believe people live under these conditions year after year" and "who would wan't to live here after this" and one of my favorites "If I had my choice I would leave - the place is not worth the insurance money". These were comments I recorded from trials going on after Katrina - I have a strong feeling for the utility companies that keep this place and our country in general from becoming a 3rd world nation and "keep the lights on" in all sorts of conditions.

Thank You John and your crew - when we meet the beer is on me.
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Thanks to you and all of your brothers that work in the worst weather to restore power. Up here in the Vermont hills we lose power several times a year, and we always appreciate the linemen but never envy them. I'm sure they do not pay you enough.
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Despite John's complaints about his March vacation here, it's the weather that makes Iowa such a superb place to live. The weather keeps the riff-raff out... 'specially those non-hackers from Wisconsin.

John was working most of his time just a few miles from where we live. We lost our power from the big company that starts with an "A" about 4:30 PM that Saturday. We have municipal generation in Tipton, but we can only generate about 60% of our average daily electrical demand. We closed down all but six business in town; three gas stations, Wal-Mart, the grocery store, and hardware store, and they all operated on minimal power. We disconnected the major industries from the grid, and fired up the generation. We can generate about 3.6 MW and we carried the town for 36 hours from our generation plant. Our residents and businesses were amazing; for 36 hours, the load never went above 3 MW even though we typically average around 5 MW! We had heat, water, and enough electricity for lighting, refrigeration and other necessary tasks. We had reports that our neighbors in town were watching TV by candle light, using fireplaces to heat when they could, and generally using as little power as possible.

The big company that starts with an "A" got us back on grid power, and we're back to normal. During that time we were out, we had the only gas pumps on in a 40 mile radius, and we had the only stores open for the same distance. Our town gained half again it's normal population size as friends, relatives, and neighbors from the surrounding towns and countryside came in to stay with friends and relatives. During that 36 hours, we had no reported crimes and not a single traffic accident in town. It was an amazing time of neighbors pulling together to get through a tough time.

Our thanks to John, his crew, and all of the crews out there that helped get Iowa back to "normal". They did an amazing job. After we were back on grid power and more or less back to normal, even our municipal line crew went out to help other municipals get back on line as well. It was a state-wide effort. Frankly, I'm proud to live here!

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We were down here (Missouri) listening to the weather reports from up there (Iowa) about all this, but your pictures make it real--too real it must have been to you! I echo those posts above: big thanks for all that you and your coworkers do keeping the country lit and warm. It's neat to see such skilled work from one of our own Forum friends. Amazing pics! I liked the Labor Day view best ~G
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Great work John. Ugly conditions but you sure made life tolerable for a lot of folks so kudos to you.

The pictures you were showing are very similar to the Canadian prairies where we lived until 18 years ago, when we gave our heads a shake and said what are we doing living in this cold and wind. Now we have rain, fog and wind but at least it seldom gets very cold. We are weenies now to the folks back east - when it gets to the mid 30's we are freezing in our parkas and they come out and are in a sweater.

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Old 03-08-2007, 08:25 PM   #27
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tip: do not vacation in iowa in march!

Greetings John!

Your photos are so real -- we experienced very similar conditions in December here in Macon County Illinois (Decatur). We were without power in my neighborhood for 44 hours, but I couldn't complain -- unlike when I lived on our family farm, I had hot and cold running water (city water service with natural gas water heater) -- I just pulled out all of the blankets from the linen closet and wrapped up (the temperature never dipped below 42 degrees in my house despite temperatures outside that hovered around 10 degrees) -- the security service that monitors my house indicated that had the temperature droped 3 more degrees it would have set off the "temperature drop" alarm system.

I really respected the crews who had to work to get our neighborhood back online -- our neighborhood was laid out in the late 1930s, and the electric service runs along the back of our lots -- but no alley so access with any kind of equipment is far from easy. It also seems that almost every house in our neighborhood has at least one large tree -- mine has a huge Cottonwood and four Sweet Gums.

My house is less than two blocks from a major traffic light controlled intersection, and in the 44 hours without power there wasn't a serious collision at that intersection.

I am sure that we are all joining you in looking forward to Summer -- I know that I can't wait for the first convertible day!

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John,
We had similiar conditions here in Springfield a few weeks back. Don't guess I know the "A" company you work for, but there were many like you who came to our city from all over the country to help our locals restore power and clean up destroyed trees. Power is all restored but the company contracted to remove debris probably has another two months of work. Many of my neighbors and acquaintences were without power for up to 14 days. My hats off to you and all the others like you who do what you do. You're much appreciated.
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