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May 17, 2007

Storm Hits My Town -- Who Can I Blame?

Yesterday, my area was dealt a severe thunderstorm. Due to downed trees and power lines and the resulting traffic jam, it took me nearly an hour and a half to drive the eight miles from my office to my home. Our power was out, and we cooked dinner on my husband's camp stove. It's back this morning, but many people in my town and in surrounding towns are still without power.

School was closed, and I had to bring my girls in to work with me this morning because there is a tree that is *this close* to falling on my house, and my husband and I agreed it wasn't a good idea to leave them alone (even though my oldest is nearly 15). The downed tree is being held back by another, but if it goes, it will hit my year-round sun room, which juts off the back of the house (it used to be a deck). I'll be posting photos of the damage in my neighborhood later.

So my big question is: whose fault is this? Whose fault is this? Who can I blame for the fact that I'll have to pay a professional to come and cut that tree down before it comes crashing through my home? Who can my neighbor across the street blame for the damage to her pool from the tree that came crashing down on it? Where can the people in my neighborhood go to complain about the huge trees that are down all over their yards, bringing down power lines and depriving all of us of cable television?

Can it be George W. Bush's fault? It must be, as so many other natural disasters have been attributed to him...

Release the hounds, Smithers!

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Posted by Pam Meister at 08:09 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0) | Environment

Blame the tree huggers who let go!!!

Posted by: Mike at May 17, 2007 08:14 AM

Glad ya'll are OK.

After having been through a tornado in 1998 and an ice storm in 2000 (where a tree top speared our roof and one limb came through our bedroom ceiling, shattering a mirror on the wall), I have gotten tired of crashing sounds.

Where we live now, we have a backyard and sideyards full of mature hardwoods and pines (plus a dead hickory), any one of which could cause havoc during a storm, so I worry everytime we get high winds after a rainstorm.

Thus when things get "wild and wooly", we retreat to the basement.

Posted by: joe-6-pack at May 17, 2007 11:34 PM

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