Friday, February 19, 2021

#50 My parents have power!!

 My hometown of Austin has been sunken in snow, freezing rain and cold. As the world now knows, millions in Texas have been without power for various lengths of time--my parents and brother are three of them.

Photo from KXAN gallery

Their electricity went out about 3 a.m. Monday morning and just came back on this morning - Friday--at 5 a.m. They were without power for basically 4 days! Daddy said that when the power came back on the house was at 38°F (3° C) !!! A couple of nights they went to the home of their best friends for food, warmth and device charging, so there were a few small reprieves. I asked them what they did all day long--we are people who usually have a TV on and are on an electronic device. Both of my parents wore 4 layers of clothing in the bed under all the blankets in the house to stay warm. And they just stayed there all day. For four days. Oh my gosh, I though 14 days of isolation was bad!

The water is still off and at some point during the week a pipe burst. Luckily a plumber was able to come out yesterday but since the water was out there was no way to check the work.

I didn't get a lot of information out of my parents when we talked today, but I got more than the last few days. My dad is not, shall we say, talkative via text. So I was super happy to hear their voices for the few minutes we took for them to fill me in on the high points of the last few days. 

They had to go and tend to the water situation, but hopefully they won't spend another night in 30 degree weather inside their house.

Here's an aerial view of Austin this week courtesy of the Austin American Statesman.

Update: My dad sent me pictures from their house. That's a LOT of snow!

Photo by RFD

Photo by RFD

Photo by RFD

1 comment:

  1. It dad was able to get EA a room at an oversold Mariott in Austin but they wouldn't join her....