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Blizzard Of 77 (ISBN10: 1478718846; ISBN13: 9781478718840)
ISBN13: 978-1478718840
ISBN10: 1478718846

Summary: When I started researching the Blizzard of 77 I was not aware of it's magnitude or the area it encompassed nor did I realize the impact it had on the thousands of people it affected, many three and four generation farmers and ranchers along with complete towns that could never quite recover from the total devastation. Not one time when I would ask for archival records from newspapers or libraries did I not find anyone that had not remembered the blizzard some were only seven but have vivid memor ...show moreies and a story. Stories came from coffee shops in the smaller towns and spread by word of mouth of my desire to hear their story. I chose only forty six stories to print from the over two hundred interviews but used references from most all. Twenty four human lives lost; three of which were school children let off their bus at a home never to go back to school again. A family froze to death except for one small child found wrapped in his mothers blouse with her frozen body covering him, and several other actual stories as told by the rescue personnel involved in their discovery. The Livestock losses were so extensive that to this day there has never been an actual loss record. What is known is that it had to be in the tens of thousands. One rancher never accounted for over ten thousand head lost. A lake where so many walked out on the ice and fell through that it was impossible to even estimate and the person that witnessed it. Thousands of sheep, hogs, chickens and even some domestic quail became victims of this three day plains blizzard with recorded winds of ninety eight miles per hour. An estimated seven thousand power poles and thousands of miles of their lines tangled or dangling from their broken polls leaving many without commercial power for six to seven weeks. Phone systems in the entire five state area none existent leaving communication only by Police, State Patrol, Sheriffs department and CB radio to handle the thousands of emergencies and distress calls. You will read personal accounts many never told to the public some so traumatic it will be hard to believe. Reported human and livestock deaths and what the papers wouldn't or couldn't report. Don't expect any sugar coating of the accounts printed they are what they were. Dont expect another storm story: You will learn about survival skills needed in many emergencies and how to prepare for electrical outages that seem to occur on a regular basis in this country. You will learn what not to look at that was lost during a storm but look at what you have that will make getting through the disaster possible and in many cases tolerable. Many deaths and sicknesses are caused by not being prepared for a disaster that seem to occur on a regular basis. Throughout this story you will learn of some very inexpensive items to have on hand if a disaster occurs. This as also a story that had a great impact on the beginning of the farm crises of the 1980s and how it contributed to the farming, ranching, food shortages and prices of today. This alone took a lot of research to get some facts that will undoubtedly make one give serious thought to our very essence of life eating . One review said it best This is a book that needed to be written; It amplifies the complacency many of us has as to electric power, communications, heat, water, sewage disposal, food and just our dependency on the modern way of life that could, and as demonstrated recently by mothers natures fury, can end in very little time. ...show less

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Publisher: Outskirts Press, Incorporated
Published: 10/29/2012
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