2011 October Snowstorm Aftermath

Our snowblower wouldn’t start. That’s just the beginning of this story, and the story isn’t over yet.

This October snowstorm of 2011 will go down as one of the most devastating natural disasters that southern New England has ever seen. Connecticut was the hardest hit state. The Nor’Easter that tore through these parts on Saturday and Sunday has left a lot of damage.

I haven’t got much more to say right now. We awoke on Sunday to an incredible snowfall for October. It was freakish. Many adjectives will be used to describe this storm. From my perspective, we had an early snowfall. The snow as wet and heavy. We have had a mild and very wet October so the trees were full of leaves, and many of them were green. They hadn’t turned and they hadn’t dried out. The ground is saturated from all of the rain that we had this summer and fall. It was a recipe for disaster.

Despite the wind and rain from Hurricane Irene back in August, there were many weak branches and trees that haven’t fallen.

The weight of the snow and the wind from the storm spelled disaster. More than 830,000 Connecticut customers lost power, and most of us don’t have the lights on yet. It could be a while. Like I said, this story will continue.

First thing Sunday, Debbie and I went for a walk up to Rose Farm and then around our neighborhood. We surveyed the damage. There were a lot of trees and branches down. The sunrise was incredible. We came back and shoveled our driveway.

We drove over to Case Mt. We parked at Highland Park Market. We had a few detours and there were a few cars on the road. It was very slippery. All of the traffic lights were out. We ran a 7 mile loop in Manchester and witnessed a lot more damage.

Eventually, we made our way to West Hartford, where there were some businesses open, including Whole Foods. We stocked up on groceries and met up with Grandma and Grandpa Schieffer, who had our kids from the night before.

We returned home. I took a ride to my parents’ house. They had some heavy damage from a couple of large trees that fell in their yard. Fortunately, they didn’t the house, but they did pull down all of their wires.

I returned home and ate dinner with the family by candlelight (again). We did a “night walk” as my son is fond of calling our evening hikes around the neighborhood. The stars were brilliant thanks to the darkness that Connecticut had plunged into. Monday was crazy. The story will continue from there.

1 Response to “2011 October Snowstorm Aftermath”

  1. 1 Dani Connolly Kennedy 5 November 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Very few comments, Scott, because most of us didn’t have access to read this until the end of the week (or even now!). I really enjoyed your video. Thanks, and glad you are all safe.

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