A Look Back at “The Storm” A Year Later
If you were in Quincy at this time last year, what were you doing when "The Storm" came through? Here's my story.
My niece was staying with my wife and I during that week and I remember the three of us gathered around the front window (don’t do that) watching the rain fly and trees fall into the street one at a time, each one bigger than the previous. The storm seemed to only last a few minutes, after which we joined our neighbors in the street as we tried our collective hands at amateur lumberjacking in a desperate effort to clear debris. Our progress was minimal, though effective.
With at least a somewhat clear path down the my street, the three of us disobeyed Mayor Kyle Moore’s request to stay indoors (don’t do that either) and we headed to a chaotic Hy-Vee to pick up…whatever they had left. Ended up being a loaf of bread, peanut butter, some batteries, two cheap flashlights, and the maximum allotted two bags of ice.
At the time, I was still working in the communications department at Quincy University and with communications at a standstill, you can imagine it made the job a bit harder. Like most of the town, Quincy University would be closed for several days.
Communication in general during this stretch proved to be quite the challenge and despite a virtually non-existent cell signal, I managed to send a text to my mom...
...and single Facebook update.
So the three of us closed out the night by adding some fresh batteries to the radio and kicking off a marathon of UNO by lantern light. I usually lost.
To find out some of our other stories, and what it was like trying to run a radio station during that week, CLICK HERE.
So what were YOU doing during "The Storm"?