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    Re: Winter nor'easter sweeping into Northeast

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    Our roads here are terrible still. The deepest drifts here are almost as tall as me! We have some drifts that are like 5 feet here in my area. It SUCKS! I'm stuck at home unless I want to get all bundled up and walk somewhere.
    Around me, they do an incredible job on the roads. They pre-condition the roads with some sort of liquid de-icer, and the plows come by regularly.

    Around here, power (every time the wind blows, a tree knocks out a power line) is problem #1, with flooding (I live on the banks of the Hudson River) being #2
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    Re: Winter nor'easter sweeping into Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Around me, they do an incredible job on the roads. They pre-condition the roads with some sort of liquid de-icer, and the plows come by regularly.

    Around here, power (every time the wind blows, a tree knocks out a power line) is problem #1, with flooding (I live on the banks of the Hudson River) being #2
    I used to live in a town where they had their own non-profit power company, and we hardly never lost power, and if we did it was quickly turned back on because it was such a small area. Now, I live in another city and I have National Grid. Not to knock them, but I think they have too large of a region to cover. They are INCREDIBLY slow. I have to give them credit this time though. During the hurricane, I had no power for 3 days. This time, it was only like 12 hours or so. So YAY National Grid . . . this time.

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    Re: Winter nor'easter sweeping into Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I used to live in a town where they had their own non-profit power company, and we hardly never lost power, and if we did it was quickly turned back on because it was such a small area. Now, I live in another city and I have National Grid. Not to knock them, but I think they have too large of a region to cover. They are INCREDIBLY slow. I have to give them credit this time though. During the hurricane, I had no power for 3 days. This time, it was only like 12 hours or so. So YAY National Grid . . . this time.
    I llive on a road where a small number of families live, so we're a low priority when the power goes. The last two times, I was without power (from the elec co) for a week. Fortunately, my neighbor lets me plug my fridge, an electric heater for the BR, and a lamp into his generator, so I can sleep, eat and read.

    It's the cold water showers that get me.

    Last time, I didn't shave for a week, and got some compliments on the facial hair, so I continued to let it grow. At least, until my niece said I was beginning to look like Abe Lincoln.
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    Re: Winter nor'easter sweeping into Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    I llive on a road where a small number of families live, so we're a low priority when the power goes. The last two times, I was without power (from the elec co) for a week. Fortunately, my neighbor lets me plug my fridge, an electric heater for the BR, and a lamp into his generator, so I can sleep, eat and read.

    It's the cold water showers that get me.
    They always seem to tackle the problems within the major part of the city first. I guess that's because that is where the most businesses are located. That's cool that you have a neighbor that will let you do that. Unfortunately, I live in a townhouse with multiple units, and all of my neighbors were in the same boat as me.

    It was funny when the power came back on, you could actually hear people cheering.

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    Re: Winter nor'easter sweeping into Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    They always seem to tackle the problems within the major part of the city first. I guess that's because that is where the most businesses are located. That's cool that you have a neighbor that will let you do that. Unfortunately, I live in a townhouse with multiple units, and all of my neighbors were in the same boat as me.

    It was funny when the power came back on, you could actually hear people cheering.
    Yes, it's where the businesses are but it's also where the major trunks are (I think) and also where the major roads tend to be, which get plowed first, making access to the power lines easier.

    But where I am, there are no "major" business areas or crowded areas. At it's densest (in town), it's suburban. Where I am, it's close to rural. It's a short drive to cow country
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    Re: Winter nor'easter sweeping into Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Yes, it's where the businesses are but it's also where the major trunks are (I think) and also where the major roads tend to be, which get plowed first, making access to the power lines easier.

    But where I am, there are no "major" business areas or crowded areas. At it's densest (in town), it's suburban. Where I am, it's close to rural. It's a short drive to cow country
    That makes sense. It still sucks to know that you are the last priority though. You really take your electricity for granted until you lose it. I was thinking today about how spoiled I am.

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    Re: Winter nor'easter sweeping into Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    That makes sense. It still sucks to know that you are the last priority though. You really take your electricity for granted until you lose it. I was thinking today about how spoiled I am.
    Yeah, before each of the power losses in Irene and Sandy, I thought it wouldn't be too bad. After all, I had heat (for Sandy), food and water, and I could read.

    But then I had to deal with no AC, flooded basement and mildewy smells, no road (during Sandy), and no internet, cable, telephone, and water pump (for both). It's not too bad at first, but somewhere around the 5th day, it gets really old. Even worse is seeing how everyone up the road has everything.
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    Re: Winter nor'easter sweeping into Northeast

    NOTE: For complete and total honesty.... I work for National Grid and have for more than a decade. The information you're about to read is from an insider..... as he sits in our Providence, RI office working to help restore the 70,000+ Rhode Island customers who are still without power.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I'm just popping in to let you know that we have about 2 feet of snow here. I lost power last night and just got power back about 1/2 an hour ago. It was a long cold boring night. Brrrrrr! Very cold. I have electric heat so I had NO heat last night. Anyway, I have a LOT of shoveling to do, so see you guys later! Good luck to everyone! Oh, and BRAVO National Grid for getting the power on so quickly!! Thanks guys!!
    That's one of the downsides of electric heat, which I have at my condo as well. You're actually pretty lucky to have gotten it back so quickly.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Did you lose power, and if so for how long? Just out of curiosity. I lost electricity last night at around 9 or 10 p.m. and got it back today at around 2 p.m.
    That REALLY surprised me. I know we pulled the vast majority of our crews off the road by about 9:30 on Friday night due to the conditions. I have no idea what your specific problem was, but I'm pretty surprised that you got it back that quickly.

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Around here, power (every time the wind blows, a tree knocks out a power line) is problem #1, with flooding (I live on the banks of the Hudson River) being #2
    Talk to your local government about allowing for more tree trimming. Most companies (including NGRID) do as much as we're allowed by the town/city. Unfortunately there are a lot of tree huggers on these boards that often will not let us do as much trimming as we'd like to.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I used to live in a town where they had their own non-profit power company, and we hardly never lost power, and if we did it was quickly turned back on because it was such a small area. Now, I live in another city and I have National Grid. Not to knock them, but I think they have too large of a region to cover. They are INCREDIBLY slow. I have to give them credit this time though. During the hurricane, I had no power for 3 days. This time, it was only like 12 hours or so. So YAY National Grid . . . this time.
    Chris, I would suggest you go and read..... http://www.debatepolitics.com/off-to...r-outages.html which I posted a while back and bumped the other day.

    Trust me, NGRID wants your power back on ASAP, for two reasons:

    a) If your meter isn't turning, they're not making money.
    b) If you're out of power, they're probably still paying me (and 17,000+ others) a premium to try and get it back on.

    Three days after Hurricane Sandy. Not bad. Many others were without power for almost a week.

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    I llive on a road where a small number of families live, so we're a low priority when the power goes. The last two times, I was without power (from the elec co) for a week. Fortunately, my neighbor lets me plug my fridge, an electric heater for the BR, and a lamp into his generator, so I can sleep, eat and read. It's the cold water showers that get me.
    You're a low priority because there aren't many customers on your street. If I have the option to send a crew to one of two locations:

    1. In an hour, they can fix the problem and get 150 customers back on. OR
    2. In an hour, they can fix the problem and get 5 customers back on.

    Where do you think we're going to send the crew? BTW - That's not just NGRID, that's every electric company in the country.

    Please tell me that generator was installed by a licensed electrician and has the proper disconnects. If not, you're putting the workers coming to fix your power in extreme danger.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    They always seem to tackle the problems within the major part of the city first. I guess that's because that is where the most businesses are located. That's cool that you have a neighbor that will let you do that. Unfortunately, I live in a townhouse with multiple units, and all of my neighbors were in the same boat as me. It was funny when the power came back on, you could actually hear people cheering.
    We tackle the largest outages first. That's just common sense, and in some ways mandated by both the State and the Feds. I hope you checked out the thread I linked above.

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    Yes, it's where the businesses are but it's also where the major trunks are (I think) and also where the major roads tend to be, which get plowed first, making access to the power lines easier.

    But where I am, there are no "major" business areas or crowded areas. At it's densest (in town), it's suburban. Where I am, it's close to rural. It's a short drive to cow country
    The further your home is from the substation that serves you, the more likely you are to have extended outages. There are a lot of advantages to living in the suburbs and further out..... Guaranteed 24/7 electric service is NOT on that list.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    That makes sense. It still sucks to know that you are the last priority though. You really take your electricity for granted until you lose it. I was thinking today about how spoiled I am.
    It's not that you're the last or least priority. It's just that there are other priorities that need to take precedence; and we don't always set some of those Priorities. We'd love to be able to keep everyone's power on 24/7/365. We truly would. It's just not a realistic idea. When we have the massive damage that many of these storms cause, there is significant physical work that needs to be done to get the power back on. Poles to replace. Wires to re-string. Transformers and services to re-hang. That takes time.

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    Re: Winter nor'easter sweeping into Northeast

    after a power outage late last year, i will say that this is the last house i will ever live in that doesn't have a fireplace.

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    Re: Winter nor'easter sweeping into Northeast

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    Talk to your local government about allowing for more tree trimming. Most companies (including NGRID) do as much as we're allowed by the town/city. Unfortunately there are a lot of tree huggers on these boards that often will not let us do as much trimming as we'd like to.
    There's plenty of tree-trimming around here. No tree-huggers. Around here, people refer to trees as "weeds"



    You're a low priority because there aren't many customers on your street. If I have the option to send a crew to one of two locations:

    1. In an hour, they can fix the problem and get 150 customers back on. OR
    2. In an hour, they can fix the problem and get 5 customers back on.

    Where do you think we're going to send the crew? BTW - That's not just NGRID, that's every electric company in the country.

    Please tell me that generator was installed by a licensed electrician and has the proper disconnects. If not, you're putting the workers coming to fix your power in extreme danger.
    I wasn't complaining about it. I understand why. I was just explaining my situation to ChrisL

    And it the generator is one of those portable dealies and not connected to the electrical system, so it poses no danger to the crews. We just run extension cords



    The further your home is from the substation that serves you, the more likely you are to have extended outages. There are a lot of advantages to living in the suburbs and further out..... Guaranteed 24/7 electric service is NOT on that list.
    Yes, I willingly put up with the inconvenience for the benefits of living in a remote area

    But thanks for the info. I'm sure everyone appreciates it
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaeger19 View Post
    the vast majority of folks that need healthcare are on Medicare.. both rich and poor..

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