Ice storm 12 hour work days means no time for blogging.

Six days ago here in Toronto we had the largest ice storm in our history at one point there were close to 400,000 people without hydro. The storm took down a record amount of trees thus taking down hydro poles, substations, subways and at the height of the storm most traffic lights.  Seeing I work for the hydro we were put on 12 hour rotating shifts. I have been on the night shift for 7 days now with no end in sight. We just finished moving into downtown Toronto and I am about 5 minutes from work and this has become very convenient with getting to and from work. During the first few days after the storm
Making the best of things
the city looked like a war zone with trees down blocking streets, flattening cars and causing serous
damage to homes. Working on the high voltage hydro lines sure has proven to be a challenge during the hours of darkness. The blog has suffered as at this point my life is going to work coming home going to sleep and then back to work again. The days have blurred together and one has to check their Iphone to see what day it is.  The weather has gotten milder in recent days which is great for getting the ice off the trees and power lines...BUT.....there is an alert now that while working in the downtown core falling ice the size of compact cars has been falling from large office towers. So lots of fun here at VE3WDM and I am hoping for things to soon get back to "normal". At this point it looks like I will also be spending New years eve and day at work.......just like Christmas day.
Some of the damage trees
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

5 Responses to “Ice storm 12 hour work days means no time for blogging.”

  • Larry KI6ZQY:

    Get your sleep. I wish you well.

  • Paul W3FIS:

    I was raised in Niagara Falls (state side). Guess what? I don’t miss that sort of nasty weather! Great as a kid, but not so much fun when you are older..

    73 /paul W3FIS

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good afternoon Larry and Paul, it’s a bit of a challenge to get the sleep pattern down but hopefully it will be over soon. Yes Paul the weather can get very bad at times.

  • Rory ZL3HB:

    Kudos to you guys up there keeping the world running. The rest of the world would be totally stuffed without you fellas going the extra mile to keep things running. And I’m sure there will be more of these events in the future with the changing climate.
    I hate to say it but it’s fine & sunny with 35 degrees down here in Perth, Western Australia as we visit family. Rain back home in NZ for Xmas so we are lucky!

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good afternoon Rory, very nice to hear from you and thanks for taking the time to read the post and send out a comment. Yes the weather down under from what I have read and seen on TV is just great. As for up here we are taking it one day at a time with the work. I have been on nights for over 10 days now and it looks as if we are going to be going until Friday. The temp down there sure does sound fantastic up this way it is suppose to hit -18 and then the wind chill on top of that.
    Great to hear from you Rory

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