Monday, February 8, 2010

The Great Snow Storm of 2010 (Part One)

The Snowpocalypse... Snowmageddon... The Snotorious BIG... Alexander Snovechkin...

Whatever you want to call it, there's no denying the cold hard facts: the DC Metro area got hit hard by Mother Nature yet again over the weekend, as close to 30" blanketed the region and wreaked havoc on roads, trees and power lines. It was the second major storm of the season, and it turns out it was only part one of the weather system moving through the area -- reports are showing that anywhere from 8 to 24 more inches are going to drop starting tomorrow.

I headed out on Saturday afternoon for a quick jaunt around the neighborhood, trying to capture a sense of what the conditions were like for those who didn't experience the beast that was (and is) the Abominable Snowstorm.

I'm no expert, but I can't imagine being buried under wet, heavy snow is very good for a bicycle (or two).

After about an hour out and about, I was heading back towards the apartment when a fire engine sped by and stopped just at the end of the next block. I kept walking and didn't think much of it until more trucks began to arrive and firefighters with full gear prepared to enter a building.

There were no signs of smoke or anything out of the ordinary, but being naturally curious, I decided it was worth it to stick around for a few minutes to document the scene.

While nobody moved with much urgency, more than a few firefighters entered the building while a hook and ladder was fully extended and the entire block was secured with trucks on each corner.

The DCFD also had 3 hoses connected to nearby hydrants -- one a full block away -- but none of them were actually pumping water.

After about 15 minutes, those that entered the building began to come out, the hook and ladder that was extended was lowered and a few of the trucks on the scene pulled away. I'm not sure if it was a training exercise or what -- while I can imagine they'd want to get experience in all conditions, it seemed like a tremendous waste of resources -- but the scene began to clear out almost as quickly as it unfolded.

I never did find out what happened, so if you were hoping for a crazy rescue story, I do apologize. As relieving as it was to find out everything was OK, I'll be honest... part of me wanted to document a raging inferno. Maybe next time.


brent stoney February 9, 2010 at 1:07 PM  

your blog is great.. snowtorious B.I.G. may have been the funniest thing ive heard in a while! go marty lo!

Nowak February 21, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

The photo looking up the fire ladder is great. Nicely done.