Monthly Archives: March 2008

Severe winter storms hit Cobden

Hi Yall,
 
I guess our winter vacation is officially over now. We were trying to squeeze a couple more weeks of relaxation time in before we get to work on germination and planting but mother nature had other ideas for us…
 
As you’ll see by the photos, we had a terrible Ice Storm here in Southern Illinois back in February.  We’re just getting caught up from the clean up now. It started on a Monday afternoon and by Tuesday morning everything was covered in ice and “light snow” on top of that.  Also Tuesday morning we woke up to no electricity…..thank goodness we have the fireplace for heat. We thought…..OK, a few hours and they’ll have it repaired.
 
Wrong…………..it was so widespread that everyone in Union County had some  variation of outages.   In Cobden, and Anna, they have Ameren electric company.  After 2 days they were back in power.  But with us ( Southern Illinois Electric Coop) it was a different story, power came back on after 5 days. We had some anxious moments about stuff in the freezers being possibly lost….but the peppers are Ok. No need to worry about running out of inventory for darnhotpeppers.com.
 
We took some pretty heavy damage to the greenhouse and are working to re-build that now. More info on the re-building effort later…
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What a winter!
 
– Carol