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A BIG THUMBS UP to our Recovery Workers from Hurricane Ike!!

Thank you Hurricane Ike recovery workersI remember hearing after Hurricane Ike came through our area that some 2.1 million customers were out of power.  Just two weeks afterwards power has been restored to almost all the areas where it can still be restored.  I know there are still pockets without power but they become less ever day.  One of my clients wrote the letter below and asked me if I would post it on Active Rain.  She very eloquently Thanks all our recovery workers that made this possible in such a short time.  Please take the time to read her letter and give our service workers a big thumbs up.

Dear fellow Texan, American and Canadian friends:

We in southeast Texas are so grateful for the outpouring of assistance we have received during the past two weeks since Hurricane Ike roared through our communities. 

To all members of law enforcement (both local and those who came in from other areas of Texas to assist us) thank you.  We citizens do not always express our appreciation for the work you do on a daily basis. However, you need to know that you are very much appreciated by the vast majority. 

To all members of other emergency services such as fire and rescue who also spent so much time away from their own families and homes in order to service our communities, we thank you.

To all members of Centerpoint, Entergy, AT&T, and the untold numbers of companies working on power lines, traffic signals and debris removal:  You have all worked so tirelessly during these past two weeks in an effort to bring a sense of normalcy back to our lives, and we thank you.

I have personally seen workers, power company trucks and tree removal service companies from the following states (although I know help came from as far away as Alaska and Canada): 

  • AlabamaA big thumbs up to our recovery workers from Hurrican Ike
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Many citizens have made it a point (myself included) to honk, smile, wave, or give a thumbs up to these fine people in an effort to let them know how much we appreciate them for being away from their homes and families in an effort to help us.  Somehow it just does not seem enough.  So to anyone who is reading this, I ask one favor:  Please pass this message on.  I am hopeful that this will eventually reach each and every person involved in this recovery effort and let them know just how much they have meant to our community.

Kind regards

Marcia Cooke, 

Spring TX

Comment balloon 26 commentsMarchel Peterson • September 28 2008 10:34AM


Thats a great tribute to all the folks who dedicated their time, money and efforts to help out.  Americans are so giving and caring about our neighbors ..  in every natural or unnatural disaster this plays out over and over.  I'm glad Houston and other parts of the Coastal areas are getting back to a normalcy.  I know Galveston and some Island areas may never totally recover and that is so very sad.

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) over 11 years ago

Marchel - These types of jobs require a great deal in times of need and often go un-thanked, so its extremely nice of you to give them the kudos they deserve.

Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) over 11 years ago

Marchel - It seems as if your area is recovering in record time. I'm sure there are many homes needing rebuilding still but now at least there is power to get the saws and nailguns going. Kudoos to those who pitched in to make this happen.

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) over 11 years ago

Wow that gave me goosebumps reading about it - It would be great if we organized students/adults teams from up here to come down and help when things like that happen.  I'm so glad that this disaster has been handled better then the one in New Orleans! Great letter!

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago

GAIL, Unfortunately there are some areas that will never totally get back to normal. From what I have seen on television some of those areas along the coast are just totally gone.  My husband read today that there are still something like 450 people missing from Bolivar.  I hope they are just with friends and not accounted for.  I had never heard of Bolivar before this happened but I'm not very familiar with the areas along the coast. 

Our area is pretty much back to normal except we have piles of debris all over the place.  You can also see some tree limbs just hanging.  I sure hope no accidents happen when those limbs finally decide to fall. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

STEVE, I had to give credit where credit is due for this letter.  It is from Marcia Cooke she just asked me to print it.  It is a GREAT idea but I can't take credit for coming up with the idea.  The recovery workds from all over did a great job of getting us back to normal in a relatively short time.  Although it doesn't seem like a short time when you are in the midst of it. 

It is so nice to see everything getting back to normal.  To give you an idea of what it was like think about those lines at the grocery store right before a blizzard only the lines went on for a good week. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Marchel, I am so glad Houston and your surrounding areas got so much help in the aftermath of Ike. It took quite awhile to get the power back up but you guys are looking better again thanks to a lot of hard work.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Marchel, Marcia (your client) had a great idea and she knew exactly who to contact to help her get her message out.  Without the help of the other utility companies, medical personnel, police officers, etc. who went to Houston & Galveston to help, who knows how long it would take before things would get back to normal.  They all deserve a Thank You from all of us!   :)

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 11 years ago

Marchel - Its always great to hear how we come together in the time of need.  Sounds like there is quite a bit going on down there, in a good way.  Thanks for sharing the update.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 11 years ago

Marchel- I am impressed that your client knows about Active Rain, and asked you to Post that Beautiful letter.  This says a lot about both of your character.  I also saw your writings on Twitter to guys sure are showing your appreciation, and this makes people feel good about volunteering.  I think it's wonderful :)

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 11 years ago

Marchel - Good to hear that so much has been accomplished.  Recovery workers certainly provide a wonderful service and we can never thank them enough.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 11 years ago

Marchel--I am certainly glad that your area is getting back on track...with a little help from friends from all over the US.

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago

It is hearwarming to know that so many people are there to help in a time of need.  It also is important that we show our gratitude.  A very nice tribute to all those who are making a difference and giving of themselves.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

Hi Marchel, the trucks are pretty sights when they roll into a neighborhood and restore power after it has been out for a week or two!  We had a block party in Florida when they showed up.  We whipped out the grills and had some chicken and they were thrilled with a bit of a break.  Nice post Marchel.

Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") over 11 years ago

It's all about "people helping people" friends, neighbors and strangers. That is what is so great living in this Great State of Texas and reaching across state lines.

Posted by Carl Winters over 11 years ago

Hello Marchel, I'm glad that the American spirit of giving is alive and well and that so many great people give so much when tragedy strikes.  Your post shows how much these efforts are appreciated by those that are on the receiving end.  Thanks for sharing your story!

Posted by Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team, Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate (Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team) over 11 years ago

GARY WOLTAL, Now if we could get all this debris cleaned up we would really be looking good.  I expect that is going to take some time though.  It is really weird our cul-de-sac looked like a war zone but the cul-de-sac behind us has no debris whatsoever sitting around. 

JUDY, We are very appreciative of how fast we are getting back to normal and all those that helped us get back to normal.  I also thank God that the weather has been so nice.  We could have been miserably hot.  I remember it was really miserable after Rita but we were only out of power for a few days then.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

JOHN, With so much yuck going on in our nation right I feel like we are a bright spot.  It has been neighbor helping neighbor.  That is one of the things that I have loved about living in Texas.

KATHY,I was also impressed that my client knew about my Active Rain blogging.  I often wonder if anyone is watching and it is good to know that they are.  That will keep me on my toes.  It will also make me think about what I am writing in public post. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

JENNIFER,It is amazing at all they have accomplished in such a short time.  When I say 2.1 million customers it is more like over 4 million people.  That's a huge amount of people to be down at the same time.  Had everyone in Centerpoint gone down it is my understanding that it would have caused problems though out the United States.  We were fortunate that only 92% went down; there were a few pockets that never lost their power.

TERI, It is nice to get that help from friends all over the United States.  I have also appreciated all the kind comments from here in the rain. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

JOAN, It has been neighbor helping neighbor.  Some of our neighboring states and even farther have also been some of the neighbors helping neighbors. 

GARY WHITE, We had a pre-hurricane margarita party and an after hurricane margarita party; that one was with our generators.  We were planning on having a margarita party to celebrate the power coming on but it happened in the middle of the week and just kind of snuck up on us. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

CARL & CEIL, I LOVE the friendly part of Texas.  I just got back from visiting our daughter in New York City and when I try to strike up a conversation people look at me like I have the plague.  Now it is nothing for me to strike up conversations with complete strangers living here.  That's one of teh things that I love about this part of the country.  I'm sure glad all these neighboring state friends helped us out also.

CHERYL, We tend to be very self reliant here in Texas so it is a little hard to be on the receiving end.  However when lose your power, water and cable being on the receiving end sounds pretty darn good.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

I am thankful for their assistance - I have a lot of friends that were in harms way - thanks for pointing them out and giving the credit

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

Marchel,  With all the challenges each of us has in our own communities it is wonderful knowing how we all pull together and join hands when one of us is in dire straits,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 11 years ago

THESA, It is really heart warming to see everyone come together at a time like this.  We owe a big debt of gratitude to these recovery workers.  Without them we wouldn't be pretty much back to normal just two weeks after the storm.

KAREN,  It is wonderful to know that neighbors help neighbors.  By neighbors I dont' just mean next door; I'm talking about states away coming to our rescue. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Marchel- Glad to see you in the rain AND WITH POWER- HURRAY!!!! Thanks for sharing a story of people, neighbors, pulling together.  It really feels good to read these stories as its a good reminder of the good we forget.:-)

Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) over 11 years ago

REBECCA, I guess having power and cable is a catch 22.  Now that I know what is going on in the world I want to go put my head back in the sand or in our case trees (they are down everywhere).  It was great the way everyone pulled together for us though. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

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