The Gull Reef Club

12/29/2008

Free Day

Filed under: — Jaime @ 1:02 pm

After having nine straight days off, I was scheduled to return to work this morning. I got up with my alarm like I was supposed to and was proceeding along with the usual routine. At precisely 8:40 a.m. I was waking Mike up so he could drive me to work. Just as I was doing so, we both heard a loud rumble. I said to Mike (after having experienced the rumble of the sugar refinery explosion), “Oh, THAT’s not good.” Mike, still half-asleep, concurred. By 8:42, the eastside fire department was full sirens and lights, heading west toward downtown. I could hear other stations responding as well.

On the ride to work, someone called a local radio station and said people needed to avoid Bay and Bull Streets (the HEART of downtown Savannah, where City Hall is) and a few blocks from where I work. We actually made it all the way into the historic district, and some how missed the police cordoning off the area. As we pulled up to work, I noticed the building across the street from ours had no power, but my building did. I turned to grab my coffee and get out of the car – just as my building goes black. 45 seconds earlier and I would have been trapped in the building’s elevator with no power. Talk about my lucky day.

Without having many other options, Mike took me home. Radio news reports were coming in that there were underground power fires that had caused some manhole covers to blow along Bay Street. When we got home, we were able to confirm that this was, indeed, what had happened (WSAV News Report). This exact same thing happened in August as well. Seems Georgia Power’s got some ’splainin to do – as if I needed another reason to hate this hideous utility company. They have now allowed, not one but TWO, dangerous power situations to build up to the point of explosion. I hope some of our local FD beat GA Power reps with their hoses…’accidentally’ of course.

Since power’s out until at least this evening, I get one more day at home. I’m ok with this, but I really was itching to get back to work. Oh well, guess it’s more flash games and reading for me. Better than being stuck in a elevator all day.

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