The Aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Spring TX!!
The last time I wrote a post I was getting prepared for Hurricane Ike. That was a week ago and a week later these are scenes from the aftermath in my little part of the world in Spring TX. In my last post I was concerned about being on the bad side of the hurricane which actually didn't happen; these are scenes from being on the good side of Hurricane Ike. We missed the eye by about 15 miles from what I hear but that was quite okay with me. We are really blessed that we didn't have fatalities in Harris County from the actual hurricane. From what I understand we really didn't have that many deaths in all of Texas from the actual hurricane.
I'm glad that we prepared the way we did because at this point we still don't have power and we heard an estimate of September 25th. We live at one of the most northern parts of the county and we have lots of trees in our area. At the moment there are still lots of downed electric lines or lines with trees hanging over them. A few of them you have to drive under which is a bit scary. There are pockets of people who have electricity and it seems I hear of more friends getting power every day. They are getting electricity to many of our main shopping areas so we are able to get food and gas but many are still not open so there are long lines. In our area it has been very orderly and most people are being very understanding.
We heard Mayor Bill White talking about driving through Magnolia shortly after the storm and seeing subdivision after subdivision where people were out with their chain saws clearing the road and helping their neighbors. I can only talk from our subdivision but as you can see from the pictures that is just what happened.
What has been amazing to me is that there were no fatalities from trees falling during the storm. It has also been amazing that more houses were not hit by the falling trees. I was supposed to have a closing on Monday which of course did not happen since no one had power. I drove over to make sure the house was okay; as I have an out of state buyer. I was amazed that with all the trees I saw down I didn't see that many houses that had been hit. In our small subdivision of 300 houses there were only a handful of houses that were hit but trees were down all over the place. My husband told me of a guy he works with who decided to sleep downstairs that night and a tree came through his house and landed on the bed where he would have been sleeping. He made a wise decision.
The truck in the slide show pictures is our truck. That huge pine tree missed it by about a foot. The car parked in front of it is our son's G 35. It is parked in our driveway as our son is in Iraq with the Army. That tree could have just has easily have taken out my son's and husband's car so we are feeling very thankful that it hit the way it did. The way the tree came down it did not even put a scratch on our old truck. One of the neighbors told my husband he should go buy a lottery ticket.
The children in our cul-de-sac are having a ball. They are out of school for the week and we all prepared a nice little fort for them in the middle of our cul-de-sac. I can tell you that my tomboy daughter would have been right in the middle of that a few years argo. We are all enjoying unseasonably good weather. I heard on the news that this is normal weather for October; what a God sent! God is good; we have been so blessed!!!
The good news for me right now is that I'm now in New York City visiting my daughter as I am writing this. We have had a girl's trip planned for a few months and I'm thrilled that I was able to get here today. It is wonderful to have electricity. My sister gets in tomorrow and on Friday evening we will be going to see Wicked on Broadway.
I was also out with my new flip video taking pictures but I have to learn how to put them on U tube so I will have some additional videos to post as soon as I figure out how.
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