2011 snow storm: waiting for help that never arrived

Last week we had a little snow storm that created huge problems for the Washington metropolitan area. A downed power line sent flames and smoke into our yard as the wire remained draped on our wood fence 20 feet away from our house. Using landlines and cellphones, our neighborhood was unable to reach Montgomery County 911 to report the downed lines and fire. We subsequently spent 45 hours without power (and heat) and we were lucky.

The storm and its effects were widely reported. What you may not know are some of the individual stories about how Pepco and Montgomery County government failed to effectively respond to the emergency. This video clip captures some of the early moments at our home in Silver Spring.

More to come as I catch up and savor the return to the 21st century. In the meantime, you can read my short piece on mastering the Pepco Survival Camp over at the Silver Spring Patch site.

© 2011 David S. Rotenstein

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