Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ice Storm Lesson #13

Old freezers do not like generators. We thought we had saved our frozen foods throughout the eighteen days we without power with the help of the generator we borrowed from our friend Randal. We had just put half a cow in the freezer back in October and didn’t want to lose several hundred dollars worth of beef, so Hubby shuffled stuff around and fired it up any way he could during the outage. Some of it ended up in here.A little ended up in Mama J.’s generator run freezer, but most of it stayed put. And frozen, believe it or not. Until I lifted the freezer lid Monday night and discovered that everything on the top was thawed, including a few steaks. For about 24 hours I thought it was because the lid had not been shut properly, but it was still that way last night, and today we got word that the compressor has gone out. Old freezers do not like operating on generators. Hubby spent the morning buying a new freezer, setting it up and emptying the old one. In order to get reimbursement from our insurance company we had to have an itemized list of the goods and their approximate value. So for several minutes today, he tossed stuff over his shoulder and rattled it off to me over the phone so I could write it down. Multiple packs of beef, green beans from Zeke’s garden, corn from the farmer’s market and multiple other packages of stinky stuff. Chalk up another $800 (freezer and contents) in costs thanks to that storm. Oy vey. Anyone got a condo in St. Thomas I can borrow for a few days?

5 comments:

Jason, as himself said...

Man, that stinks! What a huge bummer. What a pain.

Janis said...

$$$$$$$ out the door. Hopefully your insurance will reimburse most of it. Good luck

Trailboss said...

There are a lot of people in the same boat as you. We only lost about $30 worth of frozen stuff. We are having a cow slaughtered next month so got lucky on that one. We bought a new freezer just for it! I have heard that some insurance companies, if not all, are waving the deductible for food items lost. That may be the way the policies are written. I have been out of insurance so long (thank the Lord) that I don't remember.

oreneta said...

I wish I had a condo I could lend you....what a lot of work, and how sweet it will be when the flowers do start to appear.

Hang in there.

The Girl Next Door said...

Ugh it never seems to end. At least maybe you've already hit your deductible so the additional losses are 100% covered? trying to help find some light at the end of this trainwreck....