Digging out after the blizzard

Stop sign in the middle of the ... where is the road?

Stop sign in the middle of the … where is the road?

Yesterday the blizzard finally let up in the afternoon and gave us a break, with the wind slowly dying by evening.  It was amazing that at lunch time we could not see out our window, or our stairs to our apartment but by the evening the sun was out with a beautiful blue sky.  The weather forecast indicated that a powerful late season blizzard affected much of the Kivalliq region with winds gusting to 100 km/h at times giving zero visibility in Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet and Rankin Inlet.  Yup, we definitely had zero visibility for almost 2 days!  I spoke with some people around town and many said that this was the worst blizzard that they have seen in awhile.  It is amazing though that by yesterday evening the Snow Buntings were out and singing.  How can such a little animal survive under such extreme conditions?

Snow inside our home

Snow inside our home

This is not fun!

This is not fun!

Our front entrance - not going out that way!

Our front entrance – not going out that way!

It only took us about an hour to dig out our front steps and our qamutiik,which was completely buried.  The snow was pretty soft and easy to shovel, but people were still digging out of their places today and the hamlet is still clearing the roads.  Rob and I have never been able to figure out why the snow will pile on our steps and not on our neighbour’s.  I’m not sure if it is related to how the wind blows around the buildings, or if we’re just lucky?  When I took the dogs for a walk after dinner tonight, most of the town was covered in snow but if you go just outside of town, the land is bare as if we never had a blizzard.  It is almost as if the blizzard centered around Baker Lake.

Snowdrift in our back yard

Snowdrift in our back yard

Our neighbour's steps.  They did not have to dig any snow!

Our neighbour’s steps; no digging here!

Climbing up our steps

Climbing up our steps

Made it to the top

Made it to the top

I can see the steps, keep digging!

I can see the steps, keep digging!

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Other neighbours, a little worse off.

We also ran out of water this afternoon, which is not surprising since I think our last delivery was on Friday.  Of course, the way things work, the pump for the new water pump station in town broke today, so they have to use the old pump to get water from the lake.  Maybe we will get water some time tomorrow.  Maybe?!

Our qamutiik is under there, I think?

Our qamutiik is under there, I think?

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Big snowdrift pile

Big snowdrift pile

Anyone home?

Anyone home?

Two story building with the front doors covered in snow

Two story building with the front doors covered in snow

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There is a snowmachine under there!

Oh, and our roof is leaking too but things are good.  The sun is shining and the weather forecast for the rest of the week is sun with temperatures in the teens.  Yeah!! – Sophia and Rob

Back to normal

Back to normal

Snow Buntings after the blizzard

Snow Buntings after the blizzard

Clearing the roads.

Clearing the roads.

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