• Cape Cod House Watch

I’d like to start off with a brief heads up on the temperature front. There are a handful of properties in the Nauset Management flock that I refer to as bench marks in that these homes are not only drained …

I’d like to start off with a brief heads up on the temperature front. There are a handful of properties in the Nauset Management flock that I refer to as bench marks in that these homes are not only drained down but are also shut down at the fuse panel. During stretches of adverse weather such as this, I will dog sled, need be, to a couple of these first in order to acquire a bench mark temperature. Among two checked this morning, we had interior temperatures of 34 and 36. Having come this far, I would also submit that both homes pre-date today’s 2 X 6 exterior wall and insulation criteria. These houses have been shut down since late September. Again, working back from 70 degrees on Monday verses being in the stone ages since September, we’re good.

That said, official outages show Orleans at 166 and Eastham down to 81; both significant improvements from mere hours ago. Cutting right to the chase, Nauset Management customers in Orleans that did not have power between 4 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this morning include 8, 9, 47, 98 and 111; customers in Eastham include 41, 49, and 58.

47, 49, 58 and 98 have been drained by design well before the storm.

Customers 8, 9 and 111 are on the same street and were checked this morning following a brisk hike in knee to hip deep snow. In this instance, each owner has been contacted. Interior temperatures are 58-59 and for those keeping score, you don’t get much closer to the Atlantic than this cluster of homes.

In Eastham, 41 is reading 63 degrees.

If you have never received an invoice from Nauset Management, you are not on this list. These are property ID’s designed solely for the purpose of identifying properties online without telling the world your home away from home is vacant. These numbers are indicated on each invoice.

The sun has broken out and the flurries have subsided but given the extensive downtime while riding out the overnight winds, the secondary roads are in deplorable shape although I will say that Eastham appears to be about a full day ahead of Orleans. A good number of these roads are glorified single lanes as each side is built up with solid 4’-5’ plow build up further enhanced by drifting snow which has all but exclusively contributed to the delay in power restoration as there are a number of crews crawling around.

In regards to outages, those noted to have power may see a temporary disruption going forward as required for isolated repairs but there is no concern for further weather related issues. In addition, the above findings are based in large part on a pre set light indicators. The next step in the process is to continue monitoring these units without power while confirming operation of heating mechanicals for those who have power.

Given the conditions of public roads as well as private roads and associations, virtually anyone who does not have a plow contractor set up heading into the off-season will be a walk up which by extension is predicated on the availability of parking on the street.

I’ve had a couple of plow inquiries over the past day or two and I will endeavor to meet those requests but I cannot overstate the heads of driveways impacted by plowing in addition to the drifting effect in addition to the 4”-6” that is on tap for Friday.