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Monday, March 23, 2009

Mt. Redoubt and ashfall

Well, if anyone was hoping for competition from the lower-48 this coming weekend at the dog show, you might end up disappointed. As usual, they are canceling flights into and out of Anchorage all over the place right now. I wonder how long Redoubt is going to sprinkle ash into the air tho. Perhaps a few hours, a few days, or a few weeks - no one knows. Yep, it finally went poof last night! MaryEllen, if Augustine has a ewe lamb we'll have to name her Redoubt...

Along those lines, I know that some people 'plan' on using the water from their hot water heater tanks, or else their pressure tanks, if the power goes out for a while as emergency water. If that might be you, then do consider flushing it out while things are good (the power is on, there's no emergency as of yet, and you're not stuck at home already). Sediment at the bottom can build up. It's yucky, beside being bad for your hot water tank. Also get a short piece of hose so that the drain at the bottom of the tank is actually useful, since it's so close to the floor, as filling pots and buckets can be difficult without a little hose piece to attach to it.

I remember the last time we had a significant ash plume float over Anchorage and the Valley. The power plant in Cook Inlet had trouble with their generators and several of them were shut down so that if anything happened to the ones running, there was backup. I don't recall if we had power outages - does anyone else?

It's good to be prepared in case of an ashfall that lasts more than a day or two. It could be done with now, or it could do this for months. Adequate animal supplies such as food and water are important to have on hand. We have generators here to pump water from our well so that the more than 100 head of sheep and goats won't go thirsty. Buckets and barrels can be filled with water and you can even put a Saran Wrap type product over the top to keep them clean from dust and ash. When power companies shut down to save their tubines, you might not have electricity. And no heat. And of course, no water. Thinking ahead and being prepared can be a comforting feeling. Maybe today's a good day to go shopping - yay, and excuse to shop!! HAHA!


3 comments:

Sharrie said...

I guess, it isn't only the weather that can give us fits. Hang in there, we are all watching.

Garrett808 said...

wow...between you and myself I'm not sure who leads a more exciting life :) We had three gravel roads wash out in the night...and we can't even drive the farm trucks through it...we had so much rain, the frost isn't out yet and the culverts are all frozen solid with ice.....so the water is going OVER the roads...even in places there are not culverts....and washing them out. Just thank goodness we live 70 miles away from Fargo...the water is rising there...and not enough people to sandbag the city.......

Alaska Shetland Shepherd said...

eegads Garrett! So how come that's not on the National news?? Sounds horrible! How long has it been raining??? Not a fat chance of rain here, last week was a nasty cold spell - hopefully the last of the season. Saturday morning it was -2, I started teaching at 9:30 when it was 2 above.....oh joy!
No lambs here yet but we're starting shearing Thursday if all goes well.....hope you have provisions at home with your rain and water mess there!