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Our Big Snowstorm–Austin Slowly Starts to Recover

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What every week–really TEN days–we now have had!

As I’m certain a lot of you’ve gotten seen on the information, Texas has been impacted by an historic snow and ice occasion. Right here in Austin, we’ve had 5 winter storms roll by way of in 10 days, abandoning:

  • half an inch of ice
  • eight inches of snow
  • topped by ANOTHER half inch of ice

Barli and Tiki liked the snow (though not the ice which was so slippery we needed to miss all canine walks at some point due to worry of falling. Even their canine booties had been slipping and sliding.)

I feel every little thing may have dealt with the eight inches of snow (although the whole snowfall for Austin for 2000-2020 was simply over 4 inches)–however the ice and intensely chilly temperatures performed havoc on electrical and water programs.

At our home we reached about 0 levels one night time–which sadly was the identical day and night time we had been with out energy. We spent the night time on the ground in entrance of our wooden range which put out sufficient warmth to maintain us from getting too, too chilly–though ice did kind inside our rest room home windows!

In all, we spent about a bit over two days with out energy; each time it got here again on for a bit, I ran to the workplace to print postage for our PawZaar orders in case we had been in a position to get out and make a publish workplace run.

Sadly, the roads had been closed (and we had been unable to even get my automobile to the highest of our drive till a sort neighbor got here and towed me out Saturday!)

Happily right this moment we now have thawed and on Monday transport will resume as regular!

I want every little thing else was going to return to regular as quick as our transport schedule. We’ve been with out water for every week now; we now have a nicely so we’re nonetheless uncertain if there may additionally be harm to the nicely plumbing.

Even so, we’re far luckier than most space residents. Now we have massive cisterns full of water; these are actually thawing out, and we’re in a position to attract water from these.

Our little above the bottom pool goes to get extra sunshine this summer season!

Tree harm has been actually substantial, each round the home and within the woods. I took a stroll with Barli and Tiki on our canine strolling trails this morning…and stopped counting at 40 damaged or downed bushes.

All in all, we’re very fortunate that the harm is just not on our home, although; so many individuals had flooded houses from busted pipes–to not point out the individuals who misplaced their lives from the intense temperatures in their very own houses.

At the moment we’re thawing out and having fun with some much-needed sunshine. And this afternoon we noticed this little wildflower beneath what was as soon as my clothesline (pulled down by one other downed tree). This little fellow held on beneath all that ice and snow, simply ready. It’s proof that, sure, spring will come.

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