|Photo Credit: Bryan Piatt Location: Bryn Mawr neighborhood.|
|Photo Credit: @XcelEnergyMN Map of power outages.|
|Photo Credit: Sharon Stiteler. Location: 32nd Ave and Aldrich St.|
|Photo Credit: Paul Schmelzer. Driver escaped unscathed.|
We were fortunate. No trees lost, no power outages. We saw the storm whip up around 8:30 Friday night, went to bed and slept through it.
We awoke the next morning to reported chaos, but not near us. We went about our weekend like normal; it seemed odd and slightly selfish. Yet we were warned to stay away from areas that had been affected, so we did.
Instead, we saw from afar how people came together to clear debris and help each other out.
A local cheesecake business put a call for help out on their Facebook page, which basically said "We've got $8,000 of inventory in our coolers and no power. We need assistance finding temporary homes for these cheesecakes so we can deliver to very important weekend weddings (aren't they all, to each bride and groom?) HELP!" And help arrived. By the end of the comment string her cheesecake was safely stored in industrial coolers across the city, picked up by various parties and safely delivered to their destinations on time and in perfect condition.Three days after the storm, power was finally back on.
Residents became frustrated when neighbors across the street from them had their power restored while theirs was still out. That frustration soon gave way to gratitude when those neighbors with power invited them over for a beer and dinner.
Monday morning's commute was still snarled from many traffic lights being out. Drivers took turns at four-way stops, waving each other on and stopping for every pedestrian.
Minnesota nice was put to the test this past weekend, and proved its muster. I'm proud of our city and its residents.