We used a shovel to try to beat the ice off the tree branches. Some of them were so heavy, they were laying on the roof or almost touching the ground. We also used a hacksaw to cut branches out of the driveway. (Billy bought a chainsaw first thing this morning!) With much work and prayer, Billy was able to get the truck across the bridge and move it up the road out of danger. During this time, the snow never let up. Branches continued to break off our trees, and we could hear huge trees cracking and falling up in the mountains. Around 6:30 am we heard an explosion that was either from the power plant up the road, or a transformer blowing. We finally came inside at about 7:15. We were absolutely frozen solid! We had some hot chocolate, and laid down on the couch for a quick nap.
Going outside while trees and limbs were falling out of the trees, was probably not the smartest thing we could have done. I can't even pretend that I wasn't terrified, but I spent a lot of time praying out there. God protected us, and our house and our vehicles during the long night. The snow has yet to let up, so we're hunkered down for another night. Hopefully this one will contain some sleep!
This song is in my heart today, "'Til the storm passes over, 'til the thunder sounds no more, 'til the clouds roll forever from the sky. Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand, keep me safe 'til the storm passes by."
Prayers for everyone on the east coast suffering from Hurricane Sandy,