Jan 13, 2021

Today was one for the books!

There was wind in the forecast when we went to bed last night, with gusts predicted from 40 – 50 km/h ( 25 mph ) to 70 -80 km/h ( 49 mph ), along with an advisory to put all flying objects away. I first woke up about 3AM due to the wind noise.  Colin got up about 4:30AM because of all the banging on the roof.  He got dressed and went outside ( multiple times ) trying to find the source of the noise. From inside it sounded like the roof was humping up and down. The house shook with the highest gusts. Even in bed ( I was just laying there, not sleeping ) I could feel the house vibrate. At one point while Colin was outside checking on things  ( we did have what we thought were secure objects go flying – the fence  remained stable ) I heard a large crash. Three objects on display in the living room  library had fallen and two are damaged.  Sadly one belonged to my Mom.

It wasn’t precious but more sentimental. There were three notes inside that I found as I was clearing my parents home after they both had passed. They referred to our doxies. One said ” fat one likes tummy rubs”, written in my Mom’s shaky hand. I will keep it as is as yet another reminder of the year we are having mingled with the past.

Finally at 7AM Colin went to turn the furnace on and all we heard was loud metallic screeching. We make a great team.  I, still in bed ( keeping warm ), told him to call Bree-LInk and they were here by 7:45AM.

While Manni was inside working on the furnace it was light enough for Colin to assess the outside. He found several shingles all over the place including in bushes a few homes over. The wind subsided and he went on the roof. He neglected to take photos but knew that the next step was roof repair.  Time for me to man the phones. And man them I did, twice we had three phones ( 2 cell and 1 landline in use at the same time ).

Turns out that we needed a new furnace motor/fan.

Our neighbour two doors over had roof issues as well.

I called eight roofing companies. Only two returned my call. I went with the first guy as he promised to come this afternoon.  He told me that he had cancelled all construction roofing jobs so that the entire company could go out and do repairs.

Meanwhile it turns out that there were others here in the park that were affected. We have known this couple since we moved here in 2003. The entire roof of the add a room ( Arizona room ) flew off.  You can see through the front door that it is all open to the the sky. You can also see that the roof to the main part of the home has been torn up as well. This was the worst damage that we are aware of.  This home was broad side to the wind while we were nose on which gave us more support.

These are pieces of her roof strewn over the lake ice.

Several homes had roofing issues, someone had a broken window due to a flying object, they also lost their fence. The renter next door to us said that his RV shifted two inches because of the wind. We heard that an RV roof vent was found two blocks away and that it came from a 5th wheel here on our street. Apparently there is a  hole in the roof.  The owner lives somewhere in Alberta. They will be contacted.

There was only the one motor/fan in stock in all of the Okanagan. Otherwise we would have been without a furnace for a few days. The furnace installer checked the roof and the collar on the furnace vent is cracked. Did the storm have anything to do with the furnace break down or was it coincidence? A very well spent $900.00.  So nice to be warm again.

At least we had a pretty view out the window. The snow stayed up high as it fell this morning.

Mother Nature was kind and give us this sunset.

The roofers arrived just as it was getting dark. They did the shingle replacement  job and did a small repair on the furnace collar. They said that they had 5 or 6 more after us but they would not be able to do many more due to the failing light.

I choose the winery in Italy.

Who said that 2021 was going to be better ?





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20 Responses to “Today was one for the books!”

  1. Jim and Barb says:

    We have those winds right no although they seem to have picked up with 40-50mpn sustained and gusts higher than that. It is just 4:45am so we have not been outside but we don’t hear anything other than the occasional rattle.

    • contessa says:

      I hope that you have mo major damage, just a few trees down. Sounds like you have insulated your home very very well.

  2. Carol says:

    Good thing you were home not in Mexico. At least you got things fixed right away.
    We had to do our roof a few years ago from high winds. Most of our neighbors lost their patio and porch metal roofs. It happened about 3 weeks after we got home from Mexico.

    • contessa says:

      That is an excellent point about us being here. Likely no one would have spotted the missing roof shingles and we may have developed a leak and had a good deal of damage. I remember you writing about that storm a few years ago. Depending on how we look at it, we were both fortunate.

  3. Kathryn Tycho says:

    Had a huge wind storm in October about 10 years ago…sounded like a freight train. Took down huge swaths of trees…scary stuff. All our metal roofs are held down with hurricane straps so nothing lifted. You cant be too careful…glad you are okay!

    • contessa says:

      I can’t imagine how you felt. That was at least 100 times worse than we experienced. I said to Colin, ” of course Eric would have hurricane straps up “. He is an amazing guy. Hope we don’t have to go thru this again.

  4. Looks like you faired well compared to most for Wind Damage.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  5. SandyM says:

    How very scary for you. So glad you have been able to get things fixed right up and how lucky you got the furnace motor you needed so quickly. The power of Mother Nature is not in our control and that keeps us humble. Stay well and stay safe on all fronts.

    • contessa says:

      It was frightening. Colin was very worried about the roof lifting off as I was but my main concerned was about the wind breaking the windows.We alter found our the Bree- Link had to move to people to another day so that they could help us. Someone up there was looking out for us.

  6. Rod & Sylvia says:

    We ended up with some debris in our yard after the storm, but no damages. We also didn’t get much sleep that night.
    Glad you are OK, and didn’t have catastrophic damages.

    • contessa says:

      Funny how most of us did not sleep yet there are others ( like B ) who slept thru it. I talked to the lady of the home that lost the roof today. Unlike us she can close the door to the add a room ( we had that in our first home here ). The noise terrified her and has traumatized her dog. She thought she might have a leak or two. She was stunned when she opened the door and saw that her entire roof was gone. So glad that you had no major issues.

  7. Maxx Trails says:

    That wind was unbelievable! It started here around 1:30 and continued until 7:00 a.m. I thought the windows in the condo were going to break and there was garbage blowing against our windows on the fourth floor. I was up all night but hubby slept through it all 🙂

    Fortunately you were able to get all your repairs done the same day, but sad about your broken items. I also feel bad for the owner of the RV from Alberta, hopefully we don’t get any rain or snow before they can get their unit fixed.

    • contessa says:

      That must have been stressful. There have been a few times that I have worried about something coming through our windows. Fortunately the lake is frozen. I have heard stories of sheets of ice flying off the ice. Let’s hope that this never happens again. More damage found in various areas in the park today.

  8. Dolores says:

    Wow!!! That sounds like a wild nite.. we, too, had wind but nothing like that!!!

  9. Karen says:

    Holy cow, I would have to say that is definitely Italian winery worthy maybe even an intervenous feed! You definitely deserve it after what Mother Nature just gifted you.

    • contessa says:

      You are so funny. I actually and this is the truth, have told Colin, that if I get to the point that I can’t eat or drink that he has to be sure to serve me a full glass of wine every night through my feeding tube. He agreed. A winery would be nice but I am happy to enjoy vino here and there.

  10. Linda Sand says:

    I just saw a sign that made me think of you. It said, “I just rescued some wine that was trapped n a bottle.”

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