Street View and Ice Storm
Guido pointed out that Google Maps “Street View” is also being populated for Lincoln Ill. (in addition to Jacksonville Ill.)
How cool is this? They captured my wife’s Halloween decorations last October:
The ice storm yesterday was pretty crazy. Our tree’s branches (normally 6 feet or better off the ground) were nearly touching the ground they were so heavy with ice. Our neighbors lost half a tree, and these huge branches have snapped off all over town. Power was out until 2:00, the power company told us 35,000 homes were without power yesterday morning.
I have three sump pumps to keep out the water. The main had no electricity, the backup’s battery had died, but the water-powered sump kept us dry! (I just added that one this year and it is pretty cool that it uses water pressure and needs no power.)
Also the cell towers must have been iced-over as well because I didn’t get normal cell reception again until 4:30 yesterday!