I am currently visiting my parents in Ontario. My sister-in-law Natasha, her daughter Charlotte, and my sister Stephanie and her family are also visiting here.
My sister lives in Piggott, Arkansas, and incase you haven’t heard, there is a major crisis going on there, due to the huge ice storm they had recently. 350,000 people are out of power, 10,000 power lines are down in Clay county alone, roads are blocked, countless trees destroyed and people are required to boil their drinking water. Many people without gas heat are fleeing to shelters for food and warmth.
One desperate family had to be hospitalized after trying to heat their home with a charcoal barbeque.
Luckily, my sister and brother-in-law were able to acquire a generator, so they now have minimal electricity with the exception of: hot water, dryer, microwave and some household lighting.
Walmart contacted my brother-in-law’s dad about purchasing some diesel off him. Later that night, he hauled 850 gallons of diesel to a local Walmart so that they were able to continue running their generator and keep the store open.
Stephanie and Elliott, evaluating the damage.
Stephanie’s old house. The weeping willow tree is a drooping mass of ice.
Stephanie, Elliott and Bo Fowler.
Stephanie and Elliott waiting to get fuel.
A road by Stephanie’s house.
Alvin (Terrill’s Dad) and Terrill, heating up and chipping ice off the bulldozer so they could clear the roads.
Terrill’s dad clearing the trees to make the county roads passable.
The tree damage is incalculable.
Power lines covered in layers of ice. This causes them to break.
This is how thick the ice accumulation was on a tree branch.
It is estimated that everyone will have their electricity back on by the end of February. Hopefully the power lines will be repaired and roads cleared soon!