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.