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Merrimack Valley Peeps, is everyone ok?

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  • Merrimack Valley Peeps, is everyone ok?

    I would put this in off topic but it is taking a break. Major gas leaks, fires and explosions in towns in Massachusetts. Just checking in to see if everyone in that area is ok.

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    Originally posted by cheval convert View Post
    I would put this in off topic but it is taking a break. Major gas leaks, fires and explosions in towns in Massachusetts. Just checking in to see if everyone in that area is ok.
    You probably won't get a response from people actually living in those towns as they have been mandatorily evacuated and the power grid has also been brought down to decrease the fire risk. People will be posting from cell phones if at all.

    It's a huge mess - will take weeks to restore the gas service.
    Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
    you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the long as its in a conservative color.


    • #3
      We live in Andover but nowhere near the affected area. No gas service in our neighborhood, so we're safe. There are, as far as I know, no horses or Stables near the fires.
      You have to have experiences to gain experience.

      1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by quietann View Post
        We live in Andover but nowhere near the affected area. No gas service in our neighborhood, so we're safe. There are, as far as I know, no horses or Stables near the fires.
        I thought of you when I heard the news. Glad you are not in the affected area.


        • #5
          We are about thirty miles from the area, my husband is a fireman and did station coverage for the next town over so they could go cover the fires. Pretty scary to hear about as it unfolded. It is a mess, for sure.
          quietann, I also thought of you, glad you are OK.


          • #6
            awful i'm about 15m away. a few of my friends live there and thankfully are all okay, none were in the area of explosions. glad to hear you are okay, quietann!
            AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


            • #7
              I'm next to a lot of the mayhem. The initial power cut (to prevent sparks) was over a very wide area, and the first thing I noticed was the lighting in the outdoor not turning on (curse these shortening days!), but my way home from the barn was through the middle of things down I-495 (which was open and clear, but with all exits closed) and the overall scale of it is horrifying.

              I know a couple of barns in the affected towns but haven't heard of any issues yet. A lot of the less core areas don't have gas service, and oil heat is much more of a thing than most places in the country.


              • #8
                Originally posted by amb View Post
                I know a couple of barns in the affected towns but haven't heard of any issues yet. A lot of the less core areas don't have gas service, and oil heat is much more of a thing than most places in the country.
                My drive to Ipswich, where my horse lives, this morning was very quiet. I passed through Andover and North Andover and power was out. Drivers were surprisingly polite about all the stoplights that had been turned into 4 way stops. There was a strong police presence -- police came from all over the area to help out. I've heard that all roads into South Lawrence were closed, which makes sense.

                I am trying to figure out which barns... Lawrence AFAIK has none; MSPCA Nevins Farm is just over the town line from Lawrence but have posted on FB that they are fine.

                Andover used to be more horsey. We used to have a few backyard horses in our area, but they are long gone. All I can think of is a wealthy woman near Phillips Andover who has a big property and a few horses. She rides dressage and goes to Florida for the winters. I don't actually know her name. And then down by Harold Parker State Park there are a few small barns, mostly private. Windkist is in Andover, but I am not sure if they were affected... a friend works there and seems to think not. Oh and Ironstone of course, but we live very close to it, and our area still has power; there is no gas service here.

                North Andover may have more... I pass by some private horse properties on my drive to the barn. Windrush Farm is partially in North Andover but far, far from the affected area and my guess is that there are no gas lines out there because it's so rural.

                (The general thing in this area is that sewer and gas lines are installed together, but in the areas very low density housing, it's not really worth it. We all have septic systems, and some people have LP tanks for gas stoves, dryers etc.)
                You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


                • #9
                  I went to my barn this morning, on 495. As quietann said, lots of police keeping people off the exit ramps. It was daylight so I could not appreciate the lack of electricity. I gather two people in my barn were evacuated, one of them lives next to one of the houses that burnt. I do not know what to make of Gov Baker's move to give Eversource, a large gas and electricity supplier, the responsibility of assessing and fixing the problems. Maybe the smaller original supplier was indeed incompetent, or maybe it was political posturing.