Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Local Ike Damage

We are just starting to venture out now that things are settling down after Hurricane Ike. I think we were one of the first areas to get power. There are still many people that live a few blocks away that still don't have any electricity and some have been told that it will take another week. Chad's warehouse has had no power the past 4 days, so he hasn't been able to work. He braved the store yesterday and replenished our main staples; milk, yogurt, ice cream, slim fast, goldfish crackers, and peanut M&M's. We are still not able to drink our water, but that hasn't been a huge problem since we just use bottled. Gas stations are all monitored by police officers and the lines are usually around 20 cars deep. As you can see, we are trying to conserve on fuel, but after 4 days of being cooped up we decided to venture out to a park a few miles down from us. I took pictures of some of the damage on the short drive over. I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, they were all taken with my phone. A little boy who will remain anonymous broke our regular camera and when we tried to turn it on smoke started to come out of the back end. Literally. *Sigh* Maybe Santa will bring us a new one.


Here are some pictures of the trees blown over at the park we went to...

Notice the people sitting under the broken tree, it puts the actual size of the tree into perspective...
Our neighbor's shutter was blown off in the storm and I found what I thought was theirs lying in our local park about a block away. So I picked it up and carried it in one arm, pushed the stroller with the other arm, and had Archer follow behind me. I felt pretty silly carrying a 4 foot shutter and it was made worse when a neighbor jokingly asked if I was looting. Ha ha.

This was some debris that was blown into our neighborhood, it looked like some tin roofing from some one's shed...

A sign on our porch from a subdivision miles from us...
Tonight we went out for dinner to one of the few restaurants that was open to "celebrate" making it through the storm. It was nice to get out and be in a good mood. One thing I have learned about Texans, they get stuff done and don't wait on others for anything. There are dozens of fires burning in people's yards getting rid of tree limbs and other debris left over from Ike. Nevermind the fact that trash pick-up is coming tomorrow, it's much more fun to burn it yourself!

3 comments:

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Peanut m & m's ARE a staple: don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Amy said...

So are you taking notes for next year? Can you freeze dry M&M's? =>

Zach and Kelly said...

wow! thats a lot of damage, Im glad you dont live in that blue house!