5-1-2013 I can't believe it's been over a year since my last post. What a slacker - yeesh!! Ü All I can say is...get ready for Update-A-Palooza!!! I'm going to get caught up by posting all the photos from the last year or so first and will then go back and journal each entry later. Ü

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Take a hike IKE...

Today is the one year anniversary of Hurricane Ike. Tim started working in Houston in May 2008 and we spent 5-6 months going back and forth between a temp apt here and our house which was for sale in Austin. Tim had stayed in Houston during tropical storm Gustav (I was in Austin that week) which hit 3-4 weeks prior to Ike and this is what his apt ceiling looked like after...



Needless to say, this didn't inspire much confidence when Ike, a category 3 or 4 hurricane turned north & headed straight for Galveston/Houston. Tim & I skedaddled back to our nice, safe house in Austin. We drove back to Houston 5 days after Ike hit and it made me sick to see the damage done to homes & businesses - especially all the trees that were destroyed. Before Ike, I had only seen images of hurricane damage on tv and now know that words cannot express how much worse it is when you see it in person. Thought I'd provide a few images any way...

Beach on Galveston 4 days before Ike and 1 day after Ike...


View from apartment 5 days after Ike - pool & courtyard full of tree limbs and debris


Iron bench blew out of gazebo and into pool


Trees literally broken in half...


...or ripped completely out of the ground


It had been 5 days and over a million or so people were still without power - including my sis-in-law Emilee. There was a 7:00 pm curfew for the entire Houston area to try and minimize the crime. It was both very sad & pretty scary. Amazingly, our apartment was still in one piece and there was no extra water this time - can't say the same for some of the other residents though. This experience reaffirmed how important it is to be prepared for emergencies. Oh, and how grateful I am that everybody I know and love was safe. I won't mind it one bit if Houston goes 30+ years without another Ike!

1 comment:

thescotts said...

SO SCARY! I couldn't believe the rain when Can and I were there in March, I can't imagine how bad it was when Ike was ripping Houston apart! Pray you all never have to go through that again.
LOVE and MISS YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!