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Lacking in Sympathy

Wow - the unseasonal snowstorm has knocked out power to 57,000 whole customers from NY to Maine.  Last November the state of Connecticut turned cartwheels when we got down to that many outages after something like ten days.  My heart bleeds.

It's not that I'm not sympathetic... no, that's wrong.  I'm not sympathetic.  Sorry guys.  I feel your pain, but I've measured it, compared it to mine, and find it lacking.

Apparently I'm still wound a little tightly about that episode...

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kass_rants
Apr. 24th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Having power knocked out by a storm isn't unusual.

What happened last October was a DISASTER.

Different scale.
kls_eloise
Apr. 24th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Excellent point. Another friend of mine also pointed out that back in October everyone was just sort of flabbergasted as it all unfolded. Now they have something to point to for comparison.

Kind of like Rhode Island. I've maintained for a number of years now that the only reason Rhode Island exists is so that the newscasters have something to compare the size of natural disasters to.
kass_rants
Apr. 24th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
As much as I shouldn't snicker at the size of another state... GUFFAW!
safiya_shirazi
Apr. 24th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
Hugs. Hopefully this year will be better.
kls_eloise
Apr. 24th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure it will be. The whole point of it being a freak storm is that those things just don't happen that often.

Maybe I'll unwind when I've passed a month for every day we didn't have power. Check back in July. :-)
kamau_d_lyon
Apr. 24th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
What you went through was far more then a power outage. The duration of that event pushed it well into the disaster category. I'm also guessing that the power crews, who in that area are use to heavy snows, will have these folks up and running much faster then your CT crews did.
kls_eloise
Apr. 25th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Well, and the scope is entirely different. CL&P could have been entirely fully staffed and prepared and all of that, but when over 800,000 customers go out overnight - you can only do so much.
pippagrey
Apr. 25th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
I think a lot of the anger comes from the fact that October was the second time in less than three months, and there were people who were without power for over a week both times. It didn't seem that CL&P had learned much from Irene, except that it perhaps wasn't a good idea to go on TV/radio and tell the state about all the crews in areas with less than 10% outages when other areas had had 100% out for four or five days with no crews in sight.


kls_eloise
Apr. 25th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
I have no anger or angst for CL&P. I truly believe that they did the best they could with the hand they were dealt. The governmental support, on the other hand, left a lot to be desired.

Not to mention that now that CL&P IS trimming back the trees, everyone is screaming bloody murder about how dare they ruin the character of the area. There's no way they can ever win, and that kind of stinks.
pippagrey
Apr. 30th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
You are probably right, but their PR/community relations during Irene sucked. Especially for the folks in the east half of the state, because listening to the CL&P rep on the news casually telling the interviewer that they would get to us eventually when we were worse hit than the areas that they were working in wasn't what people needed to hear. If they had just flat come out and said that (for instance) it was because of the way the network was set up and until these other areas were fixed there was no point in coming here, folks wouldn't have been happy, but they would have for the most part understood. Though it would have been nice for the town crews to have been able to clear streets before the Thursday after Irene. That the towns with municipal utilities were up within two days didn't help.

I do agree with you about the idiots who don't want to lose power, but don't want anything done to help prevent it. NIMBY strikes again.

oocdc2
Apr. 25th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of Eddie Izzard's observation that, after a certain point, people can't wrap their brains around something bad happening to a large amount of people. I'm glad you emerged unscathed from this one!
kls_eloise
Apr. 25th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Past a certain degree of scale, it's tough to visualize. At least it is for me!
galingale
Apr. 25th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
I agree with you about the power outage level, but this is wreaking havoc on the apple orchards. The timing is awful for agriculture! One of my college dorm-mates grew up in Ithaca and stayed there and says his fruit trees were just about to burst into bloom. He expects no harvest this year.
kls_eloise
Apr. 25th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get."
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