I was forced to drill a drain hole to prevent the whole ceiling collapsing under the pressure and poor Bessie was forced to sleep on the couch (falling water being as nowhere near as soothing as one might imagine).
Don had the clever idea that our insurance might cover the repairs (a very large patch of ceiling is a quite mess) and he was right! An assessor is coming to visit tomorrow morning.
Fortunately the power was restored quite early in the morning and we have a gas stove-top, so despite the lack of electricity I could still make our morning coffee.
We’re quite sad we’ve already packed away the heater because it is really quite cold this evening. But at least we’re not snow-bound.