October Snowstorm: A View From South Carolina

What do you remember about the October snowstorm? Share your stories in the comments section.

While most of you were stuck after the October snowstorm without power and with a mess of debris in your yards, I was busy launching a new Patch website in Easley, South Carolina.

I remember following the stories here on Simsbury Patch. Day after day passed and power still hadn't been restored in many Simsbury homes. I felt a small amount of guilt for enjoying temperatures in the mid 60's and the last of the summer's heirloom tomato crops. But the guilt soon passed.

When my wife and I returned to Simsbury in late March there were still clear signs of the damage caused by the storm. The news I was covering was another indicator of the lasting effect it had on the community.

CL&P had tagged 95 trees along Owens Brook Boulevard for removal and the town was in the midst of applying for federal disaster relief funding. Only recently did the town receive any notice about their approval for disaster aid.

Because I was not here for the storm, I don't have any personal stories to share. I'd love to hear some of your stories. What were you doing before and after the storm. How did you stay warm? Did you have any neighborhood potlucks? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

Pamela Kelley October 25, 2012 at 05:59 PM
As wife of a firefighter and being an Fire Auxiliary member, I was lucky to be warm and sleeping on a cot in my husband's office at the firehouse. The fire tones did not stop - for three days and nights the calls were constant (every few minutes), so very little sleep was had until Tuesday night. I ran around town the first day finding food to feed the firefighters at the Main House (thank the lord for Andys) until everyone got more organized and then helping at the shelter the rest of the week. The Simsbury Volunteer Firefighter Company Ladies Auxiliary made and served over 600 meals a day for eight straight days cooking in the High school kitchen, the first six days on limited generator power. Meals were patched together by whatever was in the school coolers and pantries and what local restaurants donated. We washed all the dishes by hand and kept the coffee flowing. I was lucky to be in warm places and had a hot shower to use. The town did a great job organizing and running the shelter. Our cat toughed it out in the house and our dog in the firehouse with us. We finally went home late Saturday to face our wreck of a yard and start our cleanup.


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