Back on the grid

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After 83 hours without, power was restored to our block at about 6:30 this evening. My son and I had stopped by home to pick up some extra blankets to take to my sister's house in Rogers County, where we'd be spending the night. (She'd had power since Tuesday night.) We were about to pull out of the driveway when the lights came on.

The temperature had dipped in the house to 48. After going on to my sister's for dinner and then coming back three hours later, the house was already back to 68. We've got electricity, phone, and internet, but no cable, and with internet, I don't really need cable. (Hooray for DSL!)

On Tuesday night I learned that my gas log wasn't worth much as a heat source. While it raised the temperature by about 13 degrees at a distance of 3 feet, the temperature was only 4 degrees warmer where I was sleeping, about 8 feet away.

Before the next storm I'd like a generator, a way to connect it to the house safely, and some sort of insert to improve the fireplace's heat output.

It could have been so much worse, and for some of our neighbors it was and is. KOTV had a story about a neighborhood near 56th St. N. and Peoria, where utility poles snapped and tree damage appeared far worse than in midtown.

Here's the latest recovery map from the PSO website.

The Mayo Meadow Neighborhood blog has a couple of useful entries on storm recovery: One on tree limb removal and a list of phone numbers and safety and security tips from the city.

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Pamela said:

I lost power sometime after 9 pm Sunday night. I still had no power at 6:15 this morning. I was told Wednesday that I should have it tonight by 11 pm. When I called last night I was told that I should have it by Saturday 11 pm. I live in a small neighborhood. Two diagonal sections of my neighborhood have power. Only God knows the temperature inside.

kent helms said:

may i reccomend a Lopi insert sold at Raby's in Sapulpa.

When we moved in, our house had a gas fireplace. We swapped a small chest-type freezer to my parents for a woodstove a couple of years ago and hired a chimney sweep to make the necessary modifications to install the stove in the living room, just in front of the existing fireplace. The installation cost about $750 and was worth every penny.

Our power was out for a full week, but with a woodstove, a gas water heater, and my longstanding habit of reading by the light of an LED headlamp to conserve power at night (dorky, yes, but it does save a substantial amount of energy), the only significant change in my daily routine was the lack of quality time with my Mac in the evenings. I intend to use the outage as an excuse to blow colossal amounts of money on toys from the Lehman's Non-Electric Catalog....

Thanks for telling us about your experience, Emily. I figured you all would be well-prepared to weather the outage.

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