32 hours without power

@saundyl (9698)
Canada
June 27, 2012 11:35am CST
So the power went out on monday around 9:30 pm. It was Miles and miles wide of a power outage. The outage Covered from meadow lake, sk to peirceland...barthel, loon lake, paradies hill, st walburg, north battleford, Prince albert. They basically said that 10 000 people in the province were without power (we dont have alot of people but we we're very spread out) The power came back on this morning Wedensday at 5;30 in the morning. I ended up going to cold lake for the day to visit my sister...that way my fridge and deepfreeze stayed shut and cold for longer. I had a charged lantern for light in the evening so i really didnt think being without power was life threatneing or an emergency. Some people though...like those on oxygen need power! Lots of people went and bought generators. Whats the longests you;'ve gone without power?
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• United States
27 Jun 12
I glad everything is all right and you got your power back on. The longest that I have been without power was all most two weeks. This was in 1989, when hurricane Hugo came through. We had two freezers and a fridge. We lost everything in one of the freezers and the fridge. We were able to save items in one freezer by not opening the door(the freezer had build up ice in it) until we could borrow a generator. We also borrowed an outdoor cooker. In order to cook or to bathe we had to take buckets and fill them up in town, because we had a electric water pump. The men in the family would go to the river to take a bath. The electric company told us the reason it took so long for us to get power is because we lived on a dirt road and they were working on the power lines on the main roads first.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
28 Jun 12
Oh wow that is a long time to go without power! I really think i need to invest in a generator these days it seems to go out so often here...and in the winter i would hate to be without heat.
• United States
28 Jun 12
Investing in a generator would be a very good idea. Fortunately that doesn't happen a lot around here. The hardest part to me was not having water when I wanted it. I sometimes wish I had a old outdoor hand pump for times like that.
@Dominique25 (9476)
• United States
27 Jun 12
That is a really long time to go without power. Like you mentioned there are people who really need that power. It would make a person have to go buy a generator in order to survive. The longest I can recall going without power is for a few hours. And that seemed like an eternity. I couldn't imagine going for 32 hours. It's amazing the things we get use too.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
27 Jun 12
It goes off alot here...for long periods of time. Eventually I'm gonna invest in a generator and not have to worry about food going bad. Many people around here already have....or did the last couple days. They had a HUGE amount of them sold from homehardware and ace in the last 2 days.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
27 Jun 12
I'm glad to hear you got the power back on. It's such an inconvenience. We had a hurricane come through here once that knocked out our electricity (the entire neighborhood) for four days once years ago. While my sons (teenagers) were moaning and groaning, I decided to simply make the most of it. I bought extra charcoal for the grill and started barbequing most meals, bought a gas-powered portable stovetop (made for camping) and used that for cooking, went to the library every day to use their computers/internet and did a lot of reading and craftwork that doesn't take electricity. I kept a larger cooler half filled with ice to keep some foods cold and I thought it was pretty easy. Of course, I didn't have to get up and go to work every morning. I think that would have been much harder to deal with since there was no hot water or lights to see to get dressed; I had only candle light to see by. I had tried to find a generator to buy but they were completely sold out. After this ended and we got our electricity back, I started collecting things that do not need electricity like battery powered radio, tv, fans, more candles and flashlights to keep in each room because you never know where you'll be when the electricity goes out. It's no fun but it can be dealt with. I just thought of it like I was on a camping trip. It was no harder than that to deal with... easier, actually, since I still had a roof over my head and a cozy bed to sleep in at night.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
27 Jun 12
Wow 4 days! Id be wishing i had a generator! Cooking on the bbq in the summer is one of my favourite things. It goes off so often here...at least 2 days a year that its more than 12 hours. Also very frequently off for 2 hours at a time. I hate it when it happens in the winter.
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@GardenGerty (87818)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Jun 12
I am very blessed to have not been without power more than an hour or two since I have been out on my own. That is over forty years, basically.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
27 Jun 12
That is wonderful!
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
27 Jun 12
About three days, and I was fine. It honestly doesn't bother me not having power because I can entertain myself with reading or just deep thinking. I'd be tempted to open the fridge though, that'd be the only thing.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
27 Jun 12
I was more concerned about food going bad than anything else. Read my book, mowed my lawn. One downfall of a power outage that big is...if you do need food...or gas or anything you cant get it because so much is computerised!
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• Philippines
28 Jun 12
Well, we were out of power here in the Philippines for three or four days when that dreadful typhoon Ondoy came here in 2009. Although, electricity during that time was of the smallest concern. Ondoy flooded almost half the country. It was my daughter's birthday, and it was really scary. We live on elevated land, so we didn't have much to worry about except celebrate my daughter's first birthday in the dark. But the entire first floor of my parents house was flooded, and they had to stay on the second floor for two days until the water subsided. I was even arguing with my husband that I needed to go to work on the eve of my daughter's birthday because the office would certainly be needing our help. That was pretty crazy. But it was a good thing I decided not to leave because people were actually caught in the undertow where the flood waters were deep, and drowning. I just thank God that it wasn't the year I gave birth. I wouldn't know what I would have done if I had to give birth at 2 in the morning with no electricity, and even worse, with everything underwater. But like I always say, I'd rather go without electricity than without running water. I could stand the dark, but no running water would be worse.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
28 Jun 12
That would be scary! Running water though seems to depend on electricity.
• Philippines
29 Jun 12
Come to think about it, you're actually right. Running water does depend on electricity. We've sometime experienced blackouts during the night, and sometimes the city shuts off the electricity during the day per block. I guess in a way, it's saving energy. I guess that's why I say I'd rather go without electricity that without running water because when they shut the power off, at least we can still go about our chores, and take baths and get ourselves clean. But if they were rationing water, that would drive me crazy!
@celticeagle (111860)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Jun 12
SOunds like you were pretty prepared for an outage. I recall back about a dozen years with the big generator in our area went out and that made all the electricity in the area go out. It happened about 11p. and it took awhile for the power company to come out. Then there lights put up and noise right out in the alley for about nine or ten hours and then we had power again. I think that was the longest I have ever gone without power that i can remember.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
28 Jun 12
We getthem quite frequently - i always have candles and flashlight and my lantern charged.
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@celticeagle (111860)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Jun 12
It is good that you are prepared. I hate having stuff happen like that.
• India
28 Jun 12
Here the people in my home town are blessed with improper power supply at all the time. So most of them own generators or investors at their home. So i don't get much worried about electricty . The problem arises only when the investors are out of charge.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
28 Jun 12
Im not sure what you mean by investor?
@jsae29 (1122)
• Philippines
28 Jun 12
FIFTEEN Days! It's true....our town didn't have power for 15 straight days. This happened on Sept26 - Oct.12, 2009, after one of the catastrophic storm named ONDOY. Our town was completely submerged in flood water as high as 20 feet. Power facilities were damaged by the flood, it took 15 days for the electric company to fix everything. It was really difficult, we all need to be home before dark. We have to go to nearby town to charge our phones, emergency lights and electric fans. We also need to go to market everyday to buy food since we do not have fridge.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
28 Jun 12
That would feel like forever! Atleast the nearby town had power you could charge things!
• Canada
27 Jun 12
Sounds like the big blackout in 2003 that parilyzed the power grid in eastern North America for about three days.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
28 Jun 12
I remember that! I'm in western canada so it didnt cause power outages here that i recall... I thought it was kind of funny...the power company got most of northern and western SK up and running by wedensday morning...and then the power went out in southern and eastern sk for most of wedensday for similar reasons!
@sishy7 (24895)
• Australia
28 Jun 12
3 days; it was about a couple of years ago due to a big storms and hails. Many trees were down and cutting power of tens of thousands of households. But for each household affected, the power company reimbursed $80 for the power outage.
• India
28 Jun 12
Three hours? Oh! It's two long. I wonder how you manage your days without electricity. How do you manage those days? Do you have generators?
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@sishy7 (24895)
• Australia
28 Jun 12
3 days as in almost 72 hours, and we do not have a generator either... On hindsight, we managed not too badly. We ate out and slept long hours at night. We used battery powered lights and some candles we were able to get hold of.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
28 Jun 12
I was surprised here that the resturants went out and bought generators 3 hours from here and then were open. I wasnt surprised about the need for generators - the grocery stores were giving away meat so it didnt get wasted...but to actually be open was the surprising part!
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@natliegleb (5186)
• India
29 Oct 12
that will be really annoying at the end of the day and it will make us feel so sick and pathetic for sure