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January 15, 2014

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Suddenly the Weather Channel guy was in Chicago instead. Not so funny anymore, is it?

The one big drawback to these weather extremes is the effect it is having on our roads. I don’t know how much driving y’all have done along Transit, or around the city of Lockport, but them potholes is big and they is getting bigger. The guys who go around filling in the potholes with asphalt patch when spring gets here will be very busy in 2014, indeed.

I think we all need to start expecting weather extremes from now on. It is called climate shift and it happens every few hundred years. Things go screwy and all of our outdoor concerts start to get rained out. Our streets turn into those kinds of rapids that little kids take advantage of with blow-up water rafts and plastic storage bins. It is great for the kids, but it is a pain for the adults. ...

How to brace for the big storms?

If your roof is iffy on whether or not it can stand up to the rain, then invest in getting it fixed.

If you have room to put a fireplace in your family room, then do it and help offset the costs of heating your home. I mean a real fireplace, not an electronic one. (Although I will admit that, even for a fireplace purist such as myself, those electronic ones are nice).

Since it seems like flooding and power outages are going to be the norm from now on, be sure to check in on your relatives that need a little assistance to make sure that they are okay. My mom checks in on us after every storm and we are grateful. That lady moves trees out of her way just so she can take her car to the store. You don’t mess with mom, ever.

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