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No Electricity, probably for a week or more

Monday, April 13, 2020

This morning our power went out soon after the alarm clock sounded. When John went outside, he found fallen tree that went across the driveway that had swept the corner of our garage and had ripped the power box off the side of the house. From what I can tell, the only roof damage is a bent gutter. We're very thankful that it isn't worse. Needless to say, here we are at 8:30 at night (I'm typing this at Covenant), and we are amongst the 50,000 people in the Chattanooga area with no electricity. We anticipate being without it for a week or longer. This is quite the playing card to draw in the middle of shelter-at-home directive from our governor. Our pastor and several church members have called us and offered to help, so we have a borrowed generator to run our refrigerator and a borrowed rechargeable lantern. My elderly neighbor dried a load of clothes in his dryer that I had washed last night (laundry is now caught up), and I used the outlet on his porch to charge my cell phone. Another neighbor gave John a ride to Covenant. Joel was able to safely cut the trunk of the tree and move the logs, so we can get in and out of the driveway now. Our pastor and several church members have called us and offered to help. We can cook on our gas stove top and grill. We can warm our home when the cold sets in with our gas logs. We can make phone calls on our cell phones or on the land line. Several friends have offered to allow us to take showers in their homes. Truly, God has provided beyond what we have asked for or imagined.
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  • MAWMAW101
    We didn’t get a tornado (straight line winds) but our town looked like a tornado hit. Sixty percent of the County was without electric from Wednesday night to Easter Sunday morning! There was not a generator to buy within 50 miles I’m told.
    Our little mobile home park was not hit for which I feel truly blessed. We did have a generator to lend to folks who needed it.
    I know how hard being without a necessity like electric can be and you are truly blessed to have neighbors and church friends to help.
    Hopefully the cold weather won’t last. Take good care! emoticon
    233 days ago
    We heard on the news last night about the tornado that ripped through Chattanooga and I immediately thought of you. So glad you are safe! And that you have helping hands from neighbors and church.
    233 days ago
    Wow - what incredible support from your community - that's amazing. 50,000 people without electricity for a week sounds like a national emergency to me! What the hell happened?

    I just googled it and read about the tornadoes etc EPB restores power to 20,000 in Chattangooga etc............ my goodness!
    233 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/14/2020 4:59:54 AM
    Glad you are having help as it is not fun to go without electricity.
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    233 days ago
  • LINDA7677
    Stay safe. Nice to know you have a great support system
    233 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    So sorry to hear about the power box. You have remarkable friends and neighbors.
    234 days ago
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