Okay guys hopefully you've been keeping up with the going-ons over in these parts and are all caught up with the crazies from yesterday... If not READ IT HERE
So after many calls to the city, the fire department, the health department, etc - none of whom seemed to know anything about where or what we were reporting. Someone in our neighbor buzz finally reported: "The odor is caused by the releasing of water from behind the Villa Park Dam into Santiago Creek. OC Public Works started the project on Sunday, May 14 and will last for approximately two weeks. The release of water is necessary to reduce the potential for flooding, as part of flood control maintenance. The release work hours are 9:00pm through 4:00am."
Yet... Another neighbor called the gas company and had them come out to their house at 2:00 am thinking they had a strong gas leak. They told her that the smell is from the plume that comes around every couple years of built up sulfide gas.
So what exactly is going on around here???
Someone else shared this from the OSHA (United States Department of Labor) website:
Hydrogen sulfide (also known as H2S, sewer gas, swamp gas, stink damp, and sour damp) is a colorless gas known for its pungent "rotten egg" odor at low concentrations. It is extremely flammable and highly toxic.
Hydrogen sulfide is used or produced in a number of industries, such as
Oil and gas refining Mining Tanning Pulp and paper processing Rayon manufacturing Hydrogen sulfide also occurs naturally in sewers, manure pits, well water, oil and gas wells, and volcanoes. Because it is heavier than air, hydrogen sulfide can collect in low-lying and enclosed spaces, such as manholes, sewers, and underground telephone vaults. Its presence makes work in confined spaces potentially very dangerous.
The health effects of hydrogen sulfide depend on how much H2S a worker breathes and for how long. However, many effects are seen even at low concentrations. Effects range from mild, headaches or eye irritation, to very serious, unconsciousness and death.
Hydrogen sulfide gas causes a wide range of health effects. Workers are primarily exposed to hydrogen sulfide by breathing it. The effects depend on how much hydrogen sulfide you breathe and for how long. Exposure to very high concentrations can quickly lead to death.
Short-term (also called acute) symptoms and effects are shown below:
Typical background concentrations
Odor threshold (when rotten egg smell is first noticeable to some). Odor becomes more offensive at 3-5 ppm. Above 30 ppm, odor described as sweet or sickeningly sweet.
Prolonged exposure may cause nausea, tearing of the eyes, headaches or loss of sleep. Airway problems (bronchial constriction) in some asthma patients.
Possible fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, irritability, poor memory, dizziness.
Slight conjunctivitis ("gas eye") and respiratory tract irritation after 1 hour. May cause digestive upset and loss of appetite.
Coughing, eye irritation, loss of smell after 2-15 minutes (olfactory fatigue). Altered breathing, drowsiness after 15-30 minutes. Throat irritation after 1 hour. Gradual increase in severity of symptoms over several hours. Death may occur after 48 hours.
Loss of smell (olfactory fatigue or paralysis).
Marked conjunctivitis and respiratory tract irritation after 1 hour. Pulmonary edema may occur from prolonged exposure.
Staggering, collapse in 5 minutes. Serious damage to the eyes in 30 minutes. Death after 30-60 minutes.
Rapid unconsciousness, "knockdown" or immediate collapse within 1 to 2 breaths, breathing stops, death within minutes.
Nearly instant death.
Now how about some good news??
First off I'd like to point out a list that both Elisa and I have on this site under the tab MORE>>>Favorites>>>List of Lists It is a wish list or as some would call it a "bucket list" of places that Elisa and I would love to go.
This is my list and as you'll notice I've highlighted the place that I've just been able to check off:
RIO DE JANERIO
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
CHRISTMAS MARKETS OF EUROPE
TOUR DE FRANCE
Another super über cool and fun thing that I believe I mentioned to you once I had returned from Hawaii was the idea of when going to Ireland next March to also include going to Rome...
Well as I like to say: WE ARE BOOKED!!
Now to work on the itinerary!
And also start working on the itinerary for our Germany/Poland/Austria/Czech trip.
But in the meantime I've got to get on over to the gym and prep for the mountain biking that will take place while we are on our Portland trip (countdown - 9 days).
So I'll cut it short here and wish you a fine day.
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 5 DAYS
Did someone say, "Would you like to come to Slovenia?"
What day is it? The past week has been so chock full of activities that I could not figure out what day today was. But, alas, it is Wednesday.
Today was Field Day at the girls' school and no one could have asked for a more gorgeous day!! Sunny clear, dry and in the 80's. Just perfect.
For the past few years I have not gone to Field Day, but, Kelsey, in particular really had her heart set on mommy attending. So, I was there.
Any day out of the classroom is always fun, but playing outdoors - relay races, softball and tug of war makes it even more enjoyable.
Unfortunately, Gianna was "benched" the whole day and unable to participate in the 7th & 8th Grade softball games, but she had a great time taking pictures and hanging with her friends anyway.