I put together a video of my videos and photos of the 2008 ice storm. Wow! It was scary and I never want to go through it again. I can seriously say even now, years later, what my memory holds and these photos and videos share, do not touch how horrible it was.
I had the video going when half a tree fell in my front yard. I can hear little things in the videos you will probably miss, such as tree branches snapping and falling. I can even hear the "half tree" cracking before I think I realized it in person.
We were seriously scared being outside. Anything could have fallen on us at any moment.
It is hard to believe it has been ten years already since the ice storm of 2008 when well over 1 inch fell in Cape Girardeau and up to 2 inches in other areas of Southeast Missouri.
Every time ice is forecast here in Cape Girardeau it only brings to mind memories of the ice storm of February 11 and 12, 2008. I will never forget the war zone sounding tree missiles all night long. Day break revealed the damage, from a branch impossibly bent over our car, to tall trees bending under weight, to half a tree falling before our eyes, to the glistening of the icicle covered world. But mostly I remember the sounds. The trees breaking (pop) and branches falling (wizzing) and branches hitting the ground (boom) that sounded like missiles. The crunching beneath the feet in the silence of the cold air.
We had another ice storm in 2009, but it was not as bad.
We lost power for 4 days, but the neighbors across the street had power. We had damage to our fence and our roof. Fortunately, the car had no damage other than a ding even though a branch had arched over it from the weight of the ice.
I have selected a few photos from the video to share.
The back yard branch near the house that damaged the fence.
Ice on pine leaves.
Icicles on tree buds.
Trees bending under the weight of the ice.
My men, as I call them, wondering how to get the branch off the car. They worked at it for hours. It could not be cut off or it would fall on the car, so they pulled and pulled it, sliding on the ice, until they managed to pull it away from the car so they could saw it down.
Half a tree that fell while I was recording and managed to miss our neighbor's mailbox.