Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ice Storm Hits Northwest Arkansas

Usually, I brag about our great weather and beautiful scenery here in the Ozarks. This week, however, I report with sadness about the ice storm that hit last week. We are fine, and the beautiful new School of Law facility was literally a shelter from the storm for students, but we have a lot of clean up to do!

The storm was the worst recorded ice storm in history; it closed the University of Arkansas for an unprecedented four days, and many (us included) are still without electricity. Where we live, in a remote area of the Ozarks, but only about 12 miles from school, we may not have our power restored for weeks.

A record number - 9700 - power poles went down and the devastation of our beautiful trees is truly astounding.

However, in true fashion, people are pulling together to help each other and offers of assistance abound. Onward with the clean up - spring is just around the corner. In fact, yesterday when I was picking up brush in our yard, there were the crocuses poking up beneath the ice!

For a slide show of photos of the storm damage on our property, visit my Picasa Album.

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