Thursday, February 25, 2010

More about snow...

Not only did we get a lot of snow at the beginning of February but it hung around for the longest time! Almost a week after the snow the ice cycles were forming on the house and on the garage.

front of house

front of garage

Even after the power company removed the power lines from our driveway we were still unable to get out of the driveway. We had several issues that prevented us from venturing out. To start with the tractor arm broke when Peter started working on the driveway so not only was the bucket inoperable but he couldn’t even try to drive the tractor and try to pack the snow. The next big issue was the tree blocking the entrance of the driveway. Even if we could plow the driveway we still had to get the tree moved. When VDOT cleared the road they cut the main section of the tree that was laying across the road and pushed it into our driveway, then they plowed, pushing the snow up over the tree. So the tree was now blocking the driveway and was also buried in a snow bank and crusted with ice! The week after the storm several of our neighbors came to help dig us out.

some neighbors helping out

They started by digging the tree out of the snow bank, then cutting it up, dragging it out of the way, and then one of our neighbors used his snowblower to cut a path down the driveway!

a beautiful sight...our driveway being cleared...

It was so nice to be able to get out of the house again! Even though the main road was in pretty bad shape we were able to get into town to get the necessary items…diapers…formula….alcohol!

However, the weather continued to stay cold and the snow was very slow to melt. This picture shows our back patio about 2-1/2 weeks after the storm.

'til next time...

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