- Posted December 28, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Wintry weather 2014
Michigan power crisis Christmas week 2013
For many of central Michigan's residents a winter ice storm loomed in the forecast just before the holiday week. Our family was wise to buy gasoline and food ahead of time. Then it hit, lines and trees went down all over the state. Good thing we had a generator to power the furnace. As we were driving one day I happened to notice the dairy farm down the road from us was out of power too. You may think that because there is no power, then no work is done?
Wrong! They had to work extra hard, cattle still had to be milked every day, fed and cared for. Early every morning the farmer had to go out and start his tractor. "Why are they running the tractor at a time like this" you may wonder, well ... The farmer always has a quick fix for any situation. They had a generator hooked up to the tractor, which helped to power the milking equipment, milk cooler, well, grain silos, feed mixer, and barn lighting. They did this every morning and every night. This farm down the road had a tremendous amount of work to do. The tractor driven generator had lots of power but even then it was not enough, very few things could be run at once and most of the time only one piece of equipment. The farm still had to milk 65 cattle, provide water for 200 cattle.
"Everything takes so much power" they said, most people do not realize that a dairy farm requires a vast and huge amount of power to run day to day operations. The farm received power restoration on Christmas Eve, they were very happy and appreciative that power was restored "without power everything takes twice as long to do" simple tasks take much longer they said.
You may complain that the store in town had no power, and you could not complete your Christmas shopping. But it is the farmer that continually battles the elements and has to deal with Mother Nature, to bring the foods and beverages to your table and keep the land in good hands. Even though they had no power, they know there is still work to be done. They see it as just another day of hard work.
From everyone here in Michigan we would like to thank and give a shout out to all of the hard working power crews who also battled the elements and time, and had to miss their families to help out with this crisis. Thank you!