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Opening Arguments

The ice cometh, man

This sounds so matter of fact and, well, ordinary, doesn't it?

A wintry mix of snow and sleet that switched fully to freezing rain coated roads for area motorists' commutes Friday morning. Allen County authorities this morning have declared a Level 2 emergency.

There might be something more daunting than fighting the effects of an ice storm to get to work, but I can't imagine what it is. Having to cross a raging river then weaving through pillars of fire, maybe. After extricating my car from its block of ice this morning, I thought I was finally ready to crawl to work at 5 miles an hour, but a few blocks into the trip, I had to get out and remove two large tree branches from the middle of the street.

They should have let me write that lead: "Winter just absolutely sucks, Fort Wayne residents discovered today."


Bob G.
Fri, 12/19/2008 - 11:07am

I'm from the east coast, and we're used to this stuff with one exception:
We didnpt have NEARLY as many terees (hardly ANY) where I lived.
And I descovered the "joy" of removing limbs and getting on the "waiting list" for tree cutting companies to remove the LARGER ones (when they get less busy)...!

If you've got a FWPD scanner handy today...give it a listen....you'll find it busy like there's NO tomorrow!

Not all that fun...not one bit.


William Larsen
Fri, 12/19/2008 - 12:43pm

Well I was pleasently surprised this morning. After seeing all the ice, I thought the travel to work would be long an difficult. I found I-69 and US 30 with no problem. Hopefully when I go home, the water has drained off prior to the deep freeze we are expecting.

We live in an area where we get little snow, but lots of moisutre that cannot make up its mind if it wants to be snow, sleet or rain.

Bob G.
Fri, 12/19/2008 - 6:05pm

As of 1700 hrs, we're sweating it out to see "if" the power, phone and cable lines that were yanked from the side of our hosue with that HUGE branch will stay the course and survive the night.
Calls have been placed into AEP and the FWFD, as the power line is way too close to the ground and is draped over our driveway, effectively disallowing the usage of both our vehicles (can't get near the branches w/ the power line in among them...that's for sure). Gonna be "interesting".

Will have more in an upcoming post when all is resolved.
Be CAREFUL out there...stuff is still coming down, and it's not ALL precipitation!


Larry Morris
Sat, 12/20/2008 - 12:39pm

You probably don't want me to send photos of how it is down here ? No ?

Bob G.
Sat, 12/20/2008 - 4:13pm

Sure, get my email address from Larry (unless you have it already) and we can trade "horror stories"...!

And we've got plenty of holiday "spirit(s)", if you need a place to have a quick one...lol!



Bob G.
Sat, 12/20/2008 - 6:23pm

Oh, it was LARRY who posted...(duh)...sorry 'bout that, chief!

Leo can still stop on by...LOL.