Today's high was 33! Now that's more like it! Expected low tonight will be 14, much better than "1"
Yes, we get very
hot in the Summer, but it wasn't increased usage that caused the problem. Apparently, here in the Desert, since they don't see this kind of cold often, the generators at the power plants are located outside.
All the waterlines feeding the plant are of PVC and froze, then shredded.
The El Paso Elect. Company redirected power from a Power Plant in AZ(Palo Verde) that the EPEC owns interest in...imagine what our Elect. bills will be!
So, instead of preparing for the weather...we ALL here had a week's notice...the Electric company says it just failed to react quickly enough. Bull!
Then, to top it all off, they didn't give any residents any notice of rolling blackouts. They shut down entire neighborhoods for hrs. at a time, no consideration for the Elderly(some on oxygen), or the families with infants.
This went on since Tues. early morning. I experienced 8 blackouts of several hrs. each in a 48 hr. period.
The worst one was when i had JUST got into the shower, evening time, complete blackness...now THAT was fun
Gave the term Wethead a new meaning, felt like frozen head, not able to use my blow dryer.
It was horrible! Then people's waterlines began freezing with no heat.
Thankfully, I had the sense
to wrap mine in pipe foam before the weather hit, so I had water. Some of my neighbors still have no water due to frozen pipes. I've been supplying them with water for two days using any container they
Now, homes are flooded due to water line
eaks, insurance companies are already saying they won't pay due to it being EPEC's fault.
The water utility is now low on reserves, as their pumps don't work with NO electricity! So, some areas are experiencing water outages.
People here are extremely upset, with good reason!
Me- I'm fine! Gena and I stayed warm through it all by improvising. Heck, after 5 yrs. in IL, I LEARNED how to cope with the cold.
I remember bills like that while I was in IL. Mine were due to older gas furnace and little insulation. Does your heat pump not have a FA gas back-up? Stay warm and keep that new addition of yours warm!
Hun, I don't envy you the weather there in IL. I lived in the S. part of the state, in Benton, but it got extremely cold there as well! But, with every cloud, there is a Silver lining...NO school for you! Yippee!
Have a few words with the Sun for me too!
Heck, I live in the Desert...this is too cold for here, people here don't know how to cope with this.
Stay warm and keep smiling everybody!