View Full Version : Ice Storm Results: 1 3 February 2011

02-06-2011, 12:54 PM
Tuesday the storm moving in from the West reached our area in Ohio in the form of freezing rain. At first it looked like a winter wonderland glistening on the trees and bushes:


Soon though, it became evident that it was going to get much worse as our steps and sidewalks became coated and too dangerous to walk on (especially with a broken wrist like Larry has):



Tuesday evening around 7:00 p.m. there was a huge light in the sky that made it look like noon time. One of the generators that feeds several communities exploded and others followed suit. The power went out everywhere. :eek: A little while later it flickered back on and our faces lit up. Unfortunately, it went out again almost immediately on our side of the street. Across the street the houses were all lit up and toasty warm while ours were dark and getting colder and colder. We had our winter coats, hats, and gloves on and lap blankets trying to stay warm as the temperature in the house dropped into the low 40sF/2C.

The trees around us began to make nasty cracking sounds as the ice built up in thickness on their branches.



Soon it was like a bombardment as huge branches broke away from their trunks and fell heavily to the ground in front, on the side and in back.

I was afraid to sleep upstairs because several of our neighbor's trees tower over our house. I thought it would be safer to sleep on the couch. Neither of us got much sleep that night because if the trees weren't falling all around, there was sleet and hail hitting the windows. :eek:

The next morning we surveyed the damage. We had a really close call when a 30+ foot long section of the tree right beside our house split off and fell. Fortunately it went toward the street and not on top of our house.


It must weigh 400 500 lbs and would have come right through the roof.
Here you can see the corner of our house and the split where it broke:


Meantime, out back another big limb broke off a tree and pulled down the cable which carries our telephones, television, and computer to us. So, until the technician came and fixed it last night, we were minus all of those things which seem so essential to our everyday lives. You can see the cable hanging down between the Y branches of the tree and under the broken branch.


Our neighbor's back yard has one of the transformers for our streets and you can see the damage that took it out:


You can only imagine what it sounded like as these trees began to break up from the weight of the ice. I've lived through hurricanes and tornadoes and earthquakes in various places where we've lived. I've never been as scared as I was that night wondering if our poor house was going to be damaged around us. :(

I often wonder how the poor little animals survive these types of storms. I even worried about the dreaded squirrels in their nests high in the branches that were falling down. Next day I was out on our porch and heard a funny gnawing sound. I looked out in the back yard and saw a squirrel gnawing a hole in the ice...then he broke through the ice and came up with a nut he (or another squirrel) had buried earlier in the year in his mouth. He scampered away up a tree to enjoy his hard-earned treat. It made me smile.

I also saw some tracks of a small animal, don't know what kind, carefully walking along the sidewalk heading somewhere warm I hope.



Wednesday morning, one of our neighbors who lives across the street, came over and said they had a spare room we were welcome to stay in until our electricity came back on. We gladly took them up on the offer and packed an overnight suitcase to take with us. Then a couple more of the strong, young guys who live behind us came by and helped us trudge through the ice-covered snow and icy road and driveway safely to our haven.

Can't say how nice it is to live in a place where neighbors watch out for each other.

Our electricity came back on Thursday night. It took the house 5 hours to warm back up and become comfortable, but we slept in our own bed that night. Our cable hookup took a bit longer and that was finally accomplished around 5:00 p.m. yesterday.

So, that's my tale of woe and happiness for this year, I hope.


02-06-2011, 01:02 PM
My first thought was you should not have been out in that ice taking pictures. I am glad your house escaped all the falling limbs and that you are back home safe and warm. I hope Larry's wrist is doing better.

Brian Barnes
02-06-2011, 01:16 PM
Happy you made it through in one piece! :)
Thanks for the show 'n tell. You brought it all to life for us.
Don't you just love winter?

Your pic of the ice-coated branches is surreal. Looks like metal sculpture.


virgil carter
02-06-2011, 01:28 PM
Sylvia, sorry to hear of your situation. It was identical to ours in southeastern Pennsylvania. Fortunately, our power came back on after about 14 hours, just as we were headed to a motel!

We too lost a large pine tree liimb across our long driveway, and isolating us until I got the chain saw running and cut it up in pieces small enough to move.

What a winter! Come on spring!


Scene Chaser
02-06-2011, 01:29 PM
Nice neighbors for nice people.

02-06-2011, 01:40 PM
Wow Sylvia - a close shave!

Glad you have good neighbours.


02-06-2011, 01:49 PM
Wow, Syl... It could have been so much worse for you had that big limb come crashing down on your house! :eek: I'm so glad that you're safe and sound!

Wind Song
02-06-2011, 02:05 PM
Wow Sylvia that was a little too close for comfort eh!

Glad you are now home safe and sound! That tree split may have been a lightening hit! I once witnessed a very large maple tree being struck by lightening 2 doors away from me and that was amazing!

02-06-2011, 02:33 PM
Sylvia , A What a Frightening nightmare!
So Glad you are okay .Difficult with Larry's hand and all too :( .
I just read that a Train with Ethanol overturned in Arcadia , Ohio. Explosion and fire !
They worried about the stuff getting into the water supply .
A few of these events a few years ago and we got a Generator ,when Louie had just come out of the Hospital and I was working in the cold and dark with him . Money well spent . They moved us to the shelter but it was Misery all night .
This week ,water poured into the Living room overhang and into my bathroom, so I could not get in there or stop it .Pouring right through the storm windows All night !:eek:
The ice and icicles on the roof were melting too rapidly .
Hope it is almost over for us All and Spring comes soon !!
june:( :( :(

02-06-2011, 02:54 PM
Wow, that is so scary! It doesn't snow where I live, so it's hard for me to remember what so many people go through every winter. Trees sometimes fall on houses here when it rains a lot and then gets windy, but it never gets dangerously cold and icy. I'm glad you got through the storm okay. That was a storm story well told with pictures. Time for a nice, hot cup of coffee (while I sit here wearing shorts and feeling warm air coming in the open back door).

02-06-2011, 04:59 PM
:grouphug: oh! Sylvia :grouphug:
:grouphug: so grateful you & your property are safe :grouphug:
:grouphug: snug & all behind you now :grouphug:
:grouphug: may God keep you Blessed :grouphug:

02-06-2011, 09:52 PM
Thanks for the photos Sylvia. What a pretty home you have. So glad you and Larry are safe and 3 cheers for your neighbors. You should make them one of your special Italian dinners...............Lenore

02-07-2011, 12:42 AM
Thank you for sharing Sylvia.

02-07-2011, 12:53 AM

Larry and I drove through Indiana heading down to Nashville and almost the WHOLe state was covered in ice. All the trees were glistening in the sun. The roads were clear on Friday, thank heavens but I had to snap a few pics during our drive down. I assume that it's the same as Ohio received. Some areas were so much heavier in ice than others and it sometimes hit more on one side of the road and not the other.:confused:

Thanks for sharing these pics and I assume you were EXTREMELY careful walking outside.

Glad things are back to normal. It's such nasty stuff; ice.:o

02-07-2011, 07:45 AM
Thanks to all of you for your comments about our ordeal. It still isn't quite over because the forecast for weather this week is more snow and possible freezing rain again. :rolleyes:

We drove through our little town yesterday on the way to the store and library and it is heartbreaking to see all the damage to the trees that make our streets so lovely. People have piled them at the curb for the maintenance crews to clear and it looks like a war zone, there is so much damage. :(

Darla, We are being very cautious whenever we step outside, for sure. At Kroger's the other day when we went to get fresh milk and eggs, we saw an ambulance at the door and emergency crew erected a sign saying "Beware of falling ice." Someone had been injured as they were either entering or leaving the store. :rolleyes:

Parking lots are particularly dangerous, they are like big skating rinks, so getting from your car to the door and back again means walking with tiny steps very, very cautiously.

02-07-2011, 01:48 PM
Sylvia - glad you and Larry escaped anything serious - especially the tree branch falling - what a great pic though of that ice laden tree - agree though you shouldn't have been out taking pics in that ice. (wagging finger!!)

I know what you mean about the tall trees - we have gale force winds at the moment here and at the back of our garden are two very large conifers - over 50 feet - scary!!

Pat x

02-07-2011, 02:16 PM
Sylvia, wow, what a time you had!! Loved the pictures and understand the desire to take them while you can. We had about 3 inches of snow one day and the next, it was all gone! Thank goodness, no ice! Your neighbors also know that the next time, it could be reversed!! :D Stay warm!!