Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pflugerville, Tx
I hate to even mention it because it may just cause a lot of depression but the timeline on power returning may not be quite right.
When I've gone into hurricane damaged ares, the power being restored is a pretty routine affair but it is still a real question when things will come back. That is done by folks who do this restoration on a pretty common basis. They have massive numbers of poles, transformers, and all the small parts stocked in advance. When I think of what the Northeast will have had on hand, I shudder.
With this storm, even seasoned crews would have a major struggle. Take into account that New England does not do this very often and you can see that there may be massive confusion. That massive transformer shown burning on TV is not something one can just run out and buy. Those are often engineered and built for specific uses.
Be patient and be aware that they will get it back as soon as they can. But also be aware that elected officials will tend to paint a rosie picture. When making decisions, like whether to stay or leave, do some real thinking on your own. If you look out and there is not a power pole standing on your block, don't count on power by the end of the week. They may still be in Minnesota cutting the trees! If it's an underground transformer, they have to pump out the water first. Just figure on things going slow.