Orchids forum: Hurricane Irene

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 28, 2011 6:53 AM CST

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We had a nice Thunderstorm around 4 am, a branch is laying in the street. Other than that - it is is now getting a bit windy and there are BUCKETS of water coming down. The cellar floor has about an inch of water. Hopefully the exit pipe on the pond can keep up with the tremendous additions of water, I have visions of little fishes swimming out.
But - so far so good.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 28, 2011 8:22 AM CST
It's been raining steadily all night here and the wind just picked up. I heard an unofficial report of 3" of rain overnight. Watching my willow tree swaying with great trepidation. The basement floor of my rental house in town is starting to accumulate water on one side. Tornado watch for New England. Peak of the storm here is @ 2 PM. I am going to split this thread for a weather thread.

Hope your fishes are fine, Ursula. I'm sure my waterlilies are going to be under water in their 'ponds' today!
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 28, 2011 9:02 AM CST

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Everything is fine here. Irene is off this region now, the rain is down to a mild drizzle and the sun is trying to peek through the clouds.
The pond held up, the fishes are fine.
I am happy that Irene was highly overrated, but then I am not surprised. We always get inundated with hours of absolutely worst case scenarios.
Checking the cage now and going to feed the fishes.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 28, 2011 9:54 AM CST
Wow!!!! Hope I can say the same at 5PM. That's great news! Glad you dodged the bullet, Ursula. What is your cage report? My orchids wouldn't have been constrained by a cage. Many light weight ones would have flown away by now and certainly later today. We are still predicted to have gusts of 75 mph. So I'm still glad they are in. I plan on slowly moving them out again this week.
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Aug 28, 2011 10:34 AM CST
I'm as happy as I can be that you are alive and well. Live long and prosper.

Jim
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 28, 2011 11:14 AM CST
Thanks Jim! Glad Ursula is out of the thick of it. Any news from Lindsey?
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 28, 2011 11:29 AM CST

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Yes, Lindsey? Hopefully she has at least power.
The cage is back to normal, all Orchids are back in their spots. I actually like the little breeze right now in the hope that it will prevent black rot.
Now clearing the greenhouse and moving the C&S into their spots- in retrospect the wind wasn't strong enough to blow them off the shelves and railings, but surely many of them wouldn't have liked the super-soak.
I am very happy how the greenhouse held up, since I had it in July totally re-glazed and a glass pane replaced. ( I have it now exactly 10 years) The fellow from Florian did an excellent job, I had only a tiny puddle in the center, truly minor considering the pounding it took.
Name: Ken
Fredericton, N.B. Canada
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Ironwood
Aug 28, 2011 11:38 AM CST
Good to hear you fared well Ursula, the heavy rain is just starting here.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 28, 2011 1:00 PM CST
Bad news here. My house in Shelburne Falls is close to the Deerfield River. I went over to see, the tenant has been evacuated and a power line is down right by my house. The river is almost to the street of my house and wont crest till tomorrow. The river is moving very fast and is 3 times normal width with flooding on both sides of the river. The water is flowing OVER the Bridge of Flowers!! I'm hoping for just basement flooding. Of course, since there has never been flooding before and this is a turn of the century house, I have no flood insurance.
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Aug 28, 2011 1:23 PM CST
Hang in there, Kathy. I'd feel better if Janice and Lindsey would check in.

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 28, 2011 3:23 PM CST

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Yikes Kathy!!! Hope this gets resolved soon.
I spoke too early here too, we lost power around 2 pm and just started the generator. I hope they just shut us down for safety reasons, while some large downed trees up the road from us are being removed. Last time that happened, they cut power for several hours each day until the job was done. I really hope that is the reason.
We took a ride to check out the Saddle River, I have never ever seen it that high. The houses along the park must have water in their living rooms. Not a good thing at all. Thumbs down
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Aug 28, 2011 4:12 PM CST
I agree Jim! Janice and Lindsey are probably without power.
Sorry to hear about the flooding!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 28, 2011 6:31 PM CST
Finally got a human being in my town on the phone, a realtor friend who knew tons. The whole village has been evacuated. There are two large bodies of water north of us that need to release water to keep the dams in tact. So the whole town may be flooded. Conway, Ashfield, Colrain, .Charlemont, large areas in Buckland (all hilltowns in my area) have flooded downtowns since they are all built around or next to rivers. Brattleboro VT is completely flooded downtown after suffering a devastating downtown fire in May. Roads are closed on Rt 2, many in Greenfield, exit 26 to exit 27 on I91, also 112S. A quilter I know had her store slide off the foundation and travel down the river in my town. Now the wind has picked up so I'm worrying about trees again. Not a fun day in this neck of the woods.
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Aug 28, 2011 6:46 PM CST
Oh my! I just heard on the news that a lady was swept away in the Dearfield River. Stay safe, Kathy!

Jim
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 28, 2011 6:54 PM CST

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Oh dear! Kathy, hang in there, stay safe.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 28, 2011 7:02 PM CST
I feel so cut off from info. Where did you hear about the woman drowning Jim? On TV?
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Aug 29, 2011 7:06 AM CST

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They just showed Brattleboro Vt on NBC, oh my!! Under water and wild with rushing water....

Our power came back on at 8:30 pm last night, I hope they don't need to cut it off again today.
Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Aug 29, 2011 10:40 AM CST
Yes, Kathy, it was on the TV news. I don't remember which channel but it was just after you mentioned the name of the river so it stuck in my mind.

Jim
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 29, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Well I ran over to Shelburne Falls and got into my house and the basement is damp but not flooded. Hurray! My tenant is back from the shelter. The water is on and her phone works but now we are waiting for electricity to be restored. Most of the houses in the neighborhood have it, but the lines were cut to two houses, mine and next door. It turned out there were lines that ran across the river and when the river was very high, a log grabbed hold of the wires and dragged them downstream pulling the telephone pole with it. That's why the lines were down. very relieved to see no damage. I went downtown and spoke with lots of friends and neighbors; everyone had a story to tell. It seemed therapeutic for us all. My clients from VT cancelled and told us about problems in VT. I91 is still closed so everyone going north has to go through Greenfield which is filled with traffic today. I start my job on Wed instead of Tuesday so I moved all the orchids back out today. Found some buds in the process!!
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Aug 29, 2011 4:38 PM CST
Hi, We had 3 raindrops from the Hurricane, I am not kidding. It was a little windy, but not for very long. Other than that nothing here. So no loss of power.
We are 3 1/2 hours from the coast, that is why.
Lindsey is alot closer to the coast and I heard her town had some flooding. Hope she is ok.
Glad you all fared well. Smiling

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