The tree-lined streets and backyards are among the features that make Westport a scenic town. Coupling that with above ground power lines and high winds sometimes truly brings us "back to nature", as in life without phone, cable or power. Today, brought one of those mornings.
I had heard the forecast for high winds, so it was not much of a surprise, when we lost power. We'd been through this before, so we knew the routine. While my husband hooked up the generator, I played with my new toy, a blackberry, and began returning e-mails. All in all, not so bad. The phone was still working and when the genny started humming, we found the internet was also unaffected. Hopefully , power would be restored, shortly.
But, Mother Nature had left us another surprise.
My husband and I were on our way to a funeral. As we left the house, we were confronted with yellow tape across the road. We approached, and were greeted by the sight of a fallen tree and downed power line pole. We got out of the car and neighbors informed us that initial crews estimated three hours before the street would be cleared and eight hours before the power was restored. It didn't look like we were going to make it.
This was not an appointment which could be rescheduled, so we put the car back in the garage, made a phone call and luckily found a friend who could pick us up. We hiked to the main road and waited for our ride.
We are now back home, the genny is still humming and the power company is working on installing a new pole. I guess today is one day I won't make it into the office.
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