Note: I’m not Anna. I’m Matticus. I’m just here to help keep an eye on her blog and pass on messages from Anna. She’ll return soon! Speaking of messages…
First off – thanks for all of your encouraging thoughts and good wishes. They’re *very* much appreciated out here in refugee-ville (aka North Texas).
So yes, we did make it out safe from Ike.
We’d packed early, so when the mandatory evacuation notice came early Thursday morning, we hit the road. Missed all the crazy traffic too Right now we’re staying with my parents, whose archaic computer loads Gmail most of the time (and that’s about it), so I’ve gotten all of your comments even if I’ve not been able to comment back. Our CPUs are safe, but car space was at a premium, so the monitors and everything else are still in our apartment. I’m posting this via Matticus. Watch out for him though, he’s a shifty chain-heal-hater…
Most of our town and much of the surrounding area is still under water (though we *think* our apartment complex probably didn’t flood more than a few feet max, and we’re on the second floor, so the big question is whether the windows held or not). Our mayor has been … less than communicative, so all we have is second hand information, at best. All roads into the area have police blockades. The most recent updates are that our area will be opened up on Wednesday at the earliest.
Water and Sewage facilities are supposed to come back online sometime this week, though there will likely be a boil water mandate for awhile. Electricity will be God knows when. Our power company has nearly 3 million people in the area without power, and the town we live in is mostly still under water, so we’re not exactly high on the priority list (though we do live on a main road, so that might help).
Hopefully once they open the town back up, we’ll go down and assess the damage and throw out everything in the fridge. Not sure from there what will happen, when we’ll get power back, and if/when we’ll get internets again. My job is suspended at least through the end of the week.
So far the most telling picture we’ve seen of where we live was our Dairy Queen. At the height of the flooding, it was completely submerged, and is still about 5′ under. There are three boats floating in the drive-thru lane from a destroyed marina.
That, and the people kayaking past the Target.
I’ll try to update again if I get any more information than this – for now we’re in the dreaded holding pattern of worry. No real way to know what happened until we actually get there… and no real way to get there until they open the city up again. Kind of crappy! I’ve missed WoW quite a bit these days, mostly because it’s something to do that doesn’t let me worry about the silly hurricane. (Also, I’m perfectly OK if I never have to hear the term “Cone of Uncertainty” again!)
So thank you again for all of your support – hopefully I’ll be back in action sooner rather than later! May the Loot-Fu be with you!
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