Sharon Katz blogged about her elderly mother's gypsy existence on Long Island. Just when she had thought she could finally stay in her newly warmed home, the snowstorm caused a tree to collapse and down the wires, so she had to leave again.
In the morning she returned home to get some belongings and saw a truck with a Minnesota license plate in front of her driveway. She went looking for the owner of the vehicle.
In her backyard was an entire crew of electric company men working on the tree and the downed wires.
My Mother thanked the men and asked them where they were from. They replied, "Minnesota," "Wisconsin", and other states. "What are you doing here?"
When these electric company workers (from whatever states) heard about the disaster, they drove for two days from their homes in order to come help. And there they were a united-states of electricians rewiring the electricity of the neighborhood for the benefit of my mother and tens of thousands of other folks that they didn't even know. They left their homes so that other could re-enter their homes once again.
A map of the states and provinces affected;
not all areas within the political boundaries
were blacked out. 1965 NE blackout
There was such a faith in the "systems" such as electricity, telephones and water. It was the modern religion. People trusted and depended on them more than on G-d.
In today's world the electrical needs are much more than the system can safely handle. That must be stretching and damaging everything.
Does the United States of America have the funds to rebuild or are they just going to keep on patching things up?