RHINEBERRY – CHAPTER THREE

In Rhineberry, New York, power died at 1:17 a.m., the morning after Thanksgiving.

The countryside was silent, but for the ten second caesura between power outage and generator grab.  A cold snap was descending from Ontario.  Temperatures out-of-doors ranged from 11 degrees to twenty five above zero.

Among the miracles of civilization that stopped working that night: private wells using electric pumps; heating, electric radios, televisions, cable systems; garage doors; lights and computers, printers, electric stoves; toilets (in homes with private wells), ATMs, gas station pumps; electric seeing-eye doors, freezers, handheld communications devices (satellite powered) which would need recharging; clocks, alarm systems, checkout machines; septic systems in lakeside houses where leeching fields were above one’s home and which had been using punps to disperse waste.

There would be other hazards later.

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