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Laelth

(32,017 posts)
Sat Feb 20, 2021, 10:07 AM Feb 2021

This is bad (but not too bad). 02-20-21 UPDATE.

Good morning, DU. This Saturday is bright and sunny in Laelth’s world in the Free State of Van Zandt (East Texas), and things here are not too bad.

The temperature is currently 21 degrees with a high of 43 expected this afternoon. That will melt us completely. Freezing temperatures are not expected to return until Sunday night. Even then, the low is expected to be around 28. That’s plenty high enough to keep the pipes from freezing with slow drips on all the faucets. Late this afternoon, after the big melt, I will see if I can get our water up and running again.

As you may recall, our last day above freezing was Sunday, Feb. 14. We actually broke freezing yesterday and had a five-hour melt in the afternoon as the temperature rose to 36 degrees, but that wasn’t enough to get our water moving. Fingers crossed, we will have water later today. We remain on a county-wide boil order for all tap water because it’s not moving fast enough through the pipes to be deemed safe. Non-emergency use of water (showers, baths, sprinklers, etc.) is technically forbidden until full water pressure returns.

We continue to have reliable electricity. We have food, bottled water, and internet access. The minivan has a full tank of gas. Ultimately, we’re doing quite well under the circumstances.

Thanks again to all our DU friends and allies for your generous moral, spiritual, and material support. You have meant a great deal to us through this remarkable experience. Cheers!



-Laelth


Previous “This is bad.” threads are linked below, solely for their historical value.

This is bad. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181470783

This is bad. 02-16-21 UPDATE.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181470956

This is bad. 02-17-21 UPDATE.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181471625

This is bad. 02-18-21 UPDATE.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181472034

This is bad. 02-19-21 UPDATE.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181472438

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This is bad (but not too bad). 02-20-21 UPDATE. (Original Post) Laelth Feb 2021 OP
So glad you have an end in sight UpInArms Feb 2021 #1
We made it, yes. It was touch-and-go for about 48 hrs. Laelth Feb 2021 #5
That's so good to hear Rorey Feb 2021 #2
We haven't yet collected snow. Honestly, we have no place to put it. Laelth Feb 2021 #6
Awesome! NT Rorey Feb 2021 #8
hope you get your water up running. riversedge Feb 2021 #3
Thank you, my friend. Laelth Feb 2021 #9
Good morning. So glad that things are improving! Fingers crossed for water!! Continuing niyad Feb 2021 #4
You're welcome. Laelth Feb 2021 #7
Good to hear you are finally thawing out. All in all it sounds like you did quite well considering c-rational Feb 2021 #10
Thanks. Laelth Feb 2021 #11
It's good that you are having a slow thaw frazzled Feb 2021 #12
There will be a lot of flooding. Laelth Feb 2021 #13
I didn't mean flooding from pipes frazzled Feb 2021 #14
Ah, gotcha. Laelth Feb 2021 #15
Big sigh of relief! TigressDem Feb 2021 #16
I'm glad to hear things have improved MustLoveBeagles Feb 2021 #17

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
5. We made it, yes. It was touch-and-go for about 48 hrs.
Sat Feb 20, 2021, 10:39 AM
Feb 2021

This is certainly an experience that we won’t soon forget.

Thanks for the warm, loving thoughts.



-Laelth

Rorey

(8,467 posts)
2. That's so good to hear
Sat Feb 20, 2021, 10:12 AM
Feb 2021

If you haven't done it, you may want to scoop up some of that snow before it melts into the ground so you can use it to flush your toilets, just in case it's awhile before you have all of the water you need.

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
6. We haven't yet collected snow. Honestly, we have no place to put it.
Sat Feb 20, 2021, 10:46 AM
Feb 2021

There’s actually a bathroom/shower station in the park. Yesterday afternoon, running water was restored there—much credit to the park management. The water is under a boil order—can’t drink it because it’s moving through the pipes too slowly to be deemed safe for consumption. We’re also under an “emergency-only water use” order, i.e. no showers, baths, or sprinklers until normal water pressure returns. So, there’s water nearby if we need it. We just can’t use it unless we boil it.

Ideally, I will have running water in our trailer this afternoon, and it won’t be an issue.



-Laelth

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
9. Thank you, my friend.
Sat Feb 20, 2021, 10:51 AM
Feb 2021

Tomorrow’s update could be a glorious celebration of “situation normal,” or it could be a long list of everything that went wrong when I tried to restore water to a trailer that had just gone through a 6-day deep freeze. You will have to wait and see.



-Laelth

niyad

(116,111 posts)
4. Good morning. So glad that things are improving! Fingers crossed for water!! Continuing
Sat Feb 20, 2021, 10:16 AM
Feb 2021

Vibes for safety and well-being. Thank you for keeping us posted.

c-rational

(2,721 posts)
10. Good to hear you are finally thawing out. All in all it sounds like you did quite well considering
Sat Feb 20, 2021, 11:57 AM
Feb 2021

the circumstances. Continued good vibes.

frazzled

(18,402 posts)
12. It's good that you are having a slow thaw
Sat Feb 20, 2021, 12:16 PM
Feb 2021

A quick thaw would create a whole other set of problems (flooded basements, etc.).

Laelth

(32,017 posts)
13. There will be a lot of flooding.
Sat Feb 20, 2021, 12:27 PM
Feb 2021

Plumbers are already in high demand across the state, and it may take a week or more for water to be fully restored in some areas. In that sense, the daughter and I are lucky. We’re attached to a relatively small water system that may be able to deliver water to us sooner rather than later.

-Laelth

frazzled

(18,402 posts)
14. I didn't mean flooding from pipes
Sat Feb 20, 2021, 01:38 PM
Feb 2021

but rather flooding from fast melting snow seeping through foundations.

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