Monday, February 6, 2012

Snow day

My blog gets read by people all over the place, not all of whom are familiar with the weird weather we've experienced this year.  Lincoln has enjoyed an unusually mild winter, with nary a snowflake except for a little dusting in early December.  This all ended on Saturday, though, when mother nature took her revenge.  Here's my driveway:


The snow started around 11:00 PM Friday night, and ended around 8:00 PM on Saturday night.  One would think that a good old fashioned Nebraska snowstorm would calm things down in the city, but on Saturday, LPD responded to 417 dispatches--an unusually busy day. This included lots of calls about downed limbs blocking streets, and downed power lines, but also included the usual drumbeat of 38 disturbances, 2 burglaries, 4 thefts, 7 prowlers, 4 child abuse cases, 6 missing persons, 9 drunk drivers, and so forth.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue was hopping, too, with 112 incidents.  About half of those were fire calls, mostly downed electrical lines sparking or starting tree branches on fire. Working around live electric lines is, of course, dangerous as all get-out.  The operating principal is to stay back, extinguish what you can safely, protect the area from anyone walking or driving into it, and get the Lincoln Electric System on the way.  LES was swamped, too.  A lot of good work by all involved on a busy day for emergency services.

9 comments:

Steve said...

Must be nice to have a 48-inch "yard" stick!

Anonymous said...

It just wasn't bone-cracking, bitter-cold enough to keep all of the miscreants inside.

Anonymous said...

I know all about city owned land between curb & sidewalk!! just saying when five mailboxes on same street are knocked down by city plow in broad daylight it smacks of willful,reckless disregard of private property!!

Anonymous said...

I guess my motorcycle will stay in the garage for a few days.

Gun Nut

H said...

I have another theory about the cause:


Super Bowl = great sale prices on alcohol.

Anonymous said...

KUDOS to everyone who had to be out in that mess. And thank you for being there for us all.

ARRRRG!!!! said...

I'm glad it finally snowed. I haven't had a chance to build a snowman all year.

Anonymous said...

ARRRRG-FUNNY!!!!!!

MRDRIVEDRUNK said...

I was out from about 0030 to 0430hrs. I had to enjoy the snow and give the 4by4 some use. After some technical issues with my Verizon G4 modem and computer nexrad, only the night lay ahead.
Many cars were driving too fast and I saw several hit the curb or spin out. Two Officer's were conducting a FST at 23nd and O street. I saw a number of LPD doing traffic stops. A thank you to those that help keep the roads safe. Also, keep ready when preoccupied with other situations. Not all people out here like or care for those that would give their life to save anyone of us. I make it a point to have my dome light on and hands on the steering wheel whenever contacting a LEO at night time. As a former LPD CA I know first hand the many dangers you all face every day. If I sound like someone who is glad that we have police to help us in those times of need, you would be right.

After a good trial run and having a good test of the MBB, Nexrad, and power converter to power the laptop, I am ready for tornado season. Sure to be many fine photo's and video's this spring. I wonder if LCEM has a need for another spotter.