Snowed in, cold and incommunicato in New England

While I was flying back from Honduras from my annual volunteer humanitarian trip, the northeast was wholloped with tons of wet snow on the trees already heavy with leaves. I made it safely to DRC headquarters courtesy of Jeanine and Jacquie who were lovely hostesses, however I missed my doodles and drove on up to CT yesterday, where the local Bradley International Airport had a total of 20 1/2 inches of heavy wet snow. The land line phones and cellular phones are not working, was well as electricity in my part of the state.

Last night I slept with gloves, winter gloves, 4 blankets and two doodles around us. The shelter won't take pets and local pet friendly hotels are full. Am looking for out of town pet friendly hotels....

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Comment by Karen and Jackdoodle on November 7, 2011 at 2:53pm
I'm glad things are getting better, Liz! What a nightmare!
Comment by Jane, Guinness & Murphy on November 7, 2011 at 2:53pm
I'm so glad your power is back, Liz.  Ours did come back Saturday night, but much of our town is still out so we're really lucky.  I agree with freezer really needed to be cleaned out.
Comment by Liz and Seamus on November 7, 2011 at 2:41pm

Thursday the electricity came back and Friday we had telephone and cable/internet restored. Lots of towns are STILL not back, including Jane's town. My mom and sister spoke with a lineman who told them he could have had power to their house a day earlier, he was on a neighboring major road but the company doesn't allow the linemen to work > 14 hour shifts. Everyone in CT is up in arms at CT Light and Power Company.

A silver lining to losing your entire refridgerator and freezer's food.... it's nice and sparkling clean!!!!

Comment by Jane, Guinness & Murphy on November 2, 2011 at 4:15pm
Oh Liz I know just how you feel. I'm in bed now with the Doodles covered with several layers of comforters. No power expected here till Sunday.....WTD!!!! We don't sleep at the shelter but we go there during the day to recharge our phones and get warm. Ours is pet friendly which is a positive change from Hurricane Irene. I would say to come to our shelter but it is only for town residents and they do check IDs. Guinness hates the cold and is happy to wear a coat.....I got the last one at the only Petco open in the State on Monday. Murph doesn't mind as much. Keeping fingers crossed that the power is back sooner than what they are saying. Sending warm thoughts and hugs to you and your doggies.
Comment by Jacquie Yorke - DRC Director on November 2, 2011 at 3:13pm

It's a nightmare Karen.....BTW just got a call from Jane and she is going to reach out to you via her IPad....She and Dave and the dogs have been braving the 30 degree nights in their condo but they will be staying at the town shelter this evening.....Jane's power isn't scheduled to be back up until late Sunday night!...

She told me that the gas stations in CT are not able to pump gas because the pumps are electric and people  cannot get gas to fuel generators or even fill up their cars so that they can travel outside of the effected area to stay in either hotels or with relatives who have heat and power....

Schools are closed, thousands of trees came down from the weight of the heavy wet snow because leaves did not yet fall due to the wet summer...Snow gathered on the leaves and BOOM..Down came the trees because they could not handle the weight....

People are literally becoming desperate....

Comment by Karen and Jackdoodle on November 2, 2011 at 2:54pm
OMG, I had no idea this was going on in the Northeast! I hope you all stay safe and power is restored ASAP!
Comment by Jacquie Yorke - DRC Director on November 2, 2011 at 2:37pm

Hang in there Lizzie!.....You know that you and the doods are welcome here if you need a place to crash.....

Those of us living here in the Northeast are all dealing with the after effects of this horrible storm in one way or another. So many are awaiting the restoration of power and have been without heat, water and electricity since Saturday afternoon!...

Utility companies across the region say the earliest ETA on power restoration is FRIDAY and could take as long as next MONDAY to repair! Hotels are full and like many shelters refuse to allow pets!

I know that Adrianne is currently holed up in a hotel with her hubby and Sam and Charlie and I have been trying to get in touch with Jane since the weekend in CT and have not been able to reach her......

Fortunately, Jeannine and I did not lose power  but we did sustain a tremendous amount of tree damage on our property including the destruction of our brand new fence.......

It does not even compare to what those of you still without power, heat, water, phone service etc are having to endure......



Comment by Colleen, Jake & Baxter on November 1, 2011 at 7:31pm
So sorry to hear about what you are going through and about what is going on up north :>(  I hope that you can find a pet friendly place to hunker down.

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