NH and a killer Ice Storm

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential Verani Realty/Hampstead

Ice BerriesI've been off Active Rain for nearly a week.

New Hampshire for those of you that are unaware has suffered a terrible ice storm.

Jay and I are lucky but very cold.

Our power went out SIX days ago... yes 6 days ago and to date is still out.

Today the temperature in our home was 45 degrees and dropping. We have no running water, no Internet, no heat and are very worried about bursting pipes.

We are indeed lucky we have a motor home and while it had been winterized and all items removed and stored for the winter we were able to get if filled with propane and can sleep in it.

It has a generator but little else. No running water or potty...but it has heat! Sleeping in a tin can (motor home ) not meant for 30 degree temperatures is better than sleeping in the freezing house.

Better yes, but I am very drained and trying hard to make the best of it.

I don't know when we'll get power back and people in NH have died trying to keep warm. Four so far...imagine people dying trying to keep warm!

We're lucky, I do know that and I am very grateful for what I have!

If I can't get back on for awhile...

Merry Christmas everyone and stay warm!

You can read more and see some pictures on NHRealtyScoops.com

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Jay and Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH and the Seacoast area real estate specialists.

Jay and Monika McGillicuddy, covering southern NH and the Seacoast area. If you’re thinking of selling or buying a southern NH or Seacoast area home give us a call…we’d love to help make your home ownership dreams come true.

E-mail Jay and Monika or call or text at 603-548-7728

Jay and Monika McGillicuddy, NH REALTORS

Prudential Verani Realty

603-944-9172 direct line

603-926-3648 office

 

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John Walters
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Monika doesn't it make you wonder how people survived last century.  Hope you get power back soon.

December 17, 2008 04:32 PM
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Steve Loynd
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc.,

Monika, I have seen the numbers improving steadily the last few days, sounds like less than 100,000 electric customers are out. I had heard last week it was over 400,000 at one point. I know that doesn't make you feel better but they are working on it. Best of luck, I see a generator in your future.

December 17, 2008 04:35 PM
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Jeff Kessler
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Austin Homes, Realtors www.OwnAustin.com

Stay warm.  Hope you guys get your power back soon.

J.

December 17, 2008 04:37 PM
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Lenn Harley
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Goodness.  I lost elec.  for 5 days when I lived in Bethesda and Isabel came through.  It was tough but so am I.

I lost elec. here in VA last winter after an ice storm.  It lasted 3 days.  I gave up after 2 days and went to a motel.  I must be getting soft. 

I'm sure you and Jay will get through, but I know from experience that it's hard.  Our homes weren't built for this. 

Glad you got to a computer.  You folks must be going stir crazy.

You're lucky you have each other. 

 

December 17, 2008 04:53 PM
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Midori Miller
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Monika and Jay-I cant imagine..I'm sending the warmest hugs I can send you two!  I can't even imagine..it brought some tears to my eyes in truth..I don't know that I could survive it.  Just shot you an email..I didn't want to call you..you need to save all of your resources.  If there is anything we can do..please let us know. 

December 17, 2008 04:56 PM
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Moni, I wish you could have come to visit me. Although we've had our share of cold and ice ourselves the last few days.  Maybe they'll have your power on tomorrow.  Love you guys.

December 17, 2008 06:59 PM
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Barbara S. Duncan
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No longer will I complain about our little bit of ice on the ground and two bad days.  You really have it bad!  Hope you get heat back soon.

December 17, 2008 08:02 PM
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Monika you and Jay will be in my prayers, and the prayers of a Yankee Fan can accomplish much.  If you want to take a drive to Middletown, Connecticut, there will be a warm room and hot shower waiting for you.

December 17, 2008 08:49 PM
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Christopher Bonta
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The Bean Group

Monika, I wish you and Jay the very best, my family just got power back the other day and today was my first time back on AR and I too posted about my experience. This was one nasty storm and things don't look good for this weekend either!

December 17, 2008 09:12 PM
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Terrie Leighton
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Man does it ever sound cold where you live! But I love your attitude! You are lucky to have a motor home and a warm place at night! Hope things get back to normal soon!

December 17, 2008 10:00 PM
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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
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Hang in there Monika... that thing you call a tin can is actually a pretty darn nice hotel room.  Keep the heat cranked up and we'll say a prayer you'll get power restored soon... and don't have any burst pipes! 

December 18, 2008 03:18 AM
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Ann Cummings
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine

Hi Monika - glad to see you found a connection somewhere.  It amazes me that in this day and age, 2008, that so many are still without power.  I know why, because of all the severe tree damage and blown transformers, but it doesn't make it any easier. 

We still have some agents in my office without power like you, mostly out in areas towards you.  I know it's frustrating to see the numbers Unitil and PSNH have been putting out in their updates and knowing they're so incorrect.

I hope TODAY is YOUR day for power to come back on.

I think there are generators in the futures of a lot of us here in NH and Maine!
Ann

December 18, 2008 09:57 AM
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Amy Margolis
Lebanon Property Management, Inc

Hi Monika,

I sure do hope your power comes back on a.s.a.p. but if you are worried about frozen pipes for yourself-or any of your clients- you might want to talk to a plumber about adding antifreeze, at least down the drains and into your toilet so the fixtures don't break.  Antifreeze does somewhat comprimize the integrity of your heating system (FHW) but when you're looking at loosing the system vs loosing a little integrity, sometimes it's worth adding it in!  Definitely advise any clients to seek a professional though but they might appreciate knowing there is something proactive they can do!

December 18, 2008 12:35 PM
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Monika McGillicuddy
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
Prudential Verani Realty/Hampstead

We finally got our power back tonight! Thank you everyone!

December 19, 2008 06:29 PM
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Christopher Bonta
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The Bean Group

That's great Monika, now do you have gas in your snow plow!!!

December 19, 2008 07:49 PM
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Amanda Hall
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas
DFW Living

I thought about you a couple of times over the last few days and wondered if you were able to take shelter in your motorhome.  I hadn't considered that it would be "put away" for winter!  Yikes! 

So glad to hear that the power is back on and you are enjoying the comforts of home!

 

December 19, 2008 08:49 PM
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Dona Reynolds
St. Joseph MO
Prudential Summers Realtors

Monika, GREAT NEWS, YOU HAVE POWER!  We experienced that last year (without a motor home) Luckily, we had some firewood to get the fireplaces going but it still is not fun as we had to cook on the outdoor grill but we survived like you.  It just makes us thankful for all we have.  Hope your holiday is looking a little brighter.  Merry Christmas

December 19, 2008 08:59 PM
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