From Bad to Worse

Another day breaks in the crystal forest. Meanwhile, news from the inside isn’t good…

Even though we’ve been running generators around the clock to keep things above freezing, the 4 degree weather for two nights in a row with no power got us. The fire sprinkler system in the ceiling at the studio frozen and exploded when the power came back on Wednesday night, sending thousands of gallons of high-pressure water everywhere. Luckily a City Utilities worker saw water pouring out of the front door, and was able to turn the water off at the main.
The offices and front warehouse were flooded with six to eight inches of water so everything on bottom shelves and in all my files drawers is soaked. The worst place the water exploded was right in the middle of our photo and slide room. See that black hole where the light is falling down? That used to be the ceiling.

There’s nothing like opening drawers and seeing a lifetime of slides floating in water, not to mention all the family and wedding photos albums I was storing in that room. And camera and video equipment. So now we’re working around the clock to control the damage. This is the photo and slide triage room.

17 thoughts on “From Bad to Worse”

  1. Pam so sorry this has happened. boy it broke my heart when I saw those slides. We in Greenville SC had the same storm last year and I can tell you it is no fun. Pink light your way for healing.

    PS I really enjoyed looking at your work.

  2. Oh Pam, how terrible – especially your photos and slides. I hope you can salvage them. So sorry to hear of this tragedy in your beautiful studio.

  3. Pam, this is just awful. We take these things for granted. I look forward to your speedy recovery and how you survived. There’s a good lesson in here for other artists.

  4. I am so sorry to hear about this. One idea came to mind, if you can contact a disaster/fire recovery service as soon as you can (should be in the yellow pages) you may can get some hints on saving the slides, though the mounts may be history.

  5. Brings tears to my eyes just seeing it… so many are going through so much in all of that. Your beautiful studio, and all of those memories – hope you can rescue the slides, etc.

  6. Oh, Pam–

    You must be devastated. So much for the romance of candlelit nights and glittery fairy ice on the trees. I’m sure you’re keeping up your humor and I expect we’ll see some great Pamdora quilts out of all of this–but in the meantime, I’m thinking of you with hugely sympathetic thoughts.

  7. PAM: I am so sorry this is happening to you. I see and read one horror story after another, but yours is the worst. I’d help if I could, but I can’t get off this ice encrusted hill.

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