Monday, September 15, 2008

Refugees or Evacuees?

Mom calls us her refugees, but I prefer's sounds less 3rd worldy. :)

We survived Ike. And our house (which is 50 miles north of Houston) the weather wasn't that bad. Not by our standards anyway. We had several hours of strong, sustained winds. Probably 70+ mph. We didn't flood, but our neighbord had sewage backing up into their backyards. EW. EW. EW.
Nothing in our neighborhood was destroyed, but there was a lot of damage in town. Certain areas around the lake were heavily damaged. I wish I had a picture of the large boat dock that was blown up and on top of it's neighboring boat dock. It made a huge, mangled boat dock sandwich. Crazy! There were plenty of snapped trees and damaged roofs. And there is no power anywhere in town. Or the neighboring towns. From what we heard, the hospital was about the only place with power.

We lost power at 4:30am Saturday. Not bad considering the weather hit a couple hours before that. Saturday Aaron fired up the grill and made enough hamburgers for a small army and then smoked a huge brisket. We had planned on riding out the no-electricity thing for a couple days. But then we hear on the radio that it could be at least a week, or two, or three, before we got power......we decided to pack up our yummy food and get the heck out of dodge! It's not like Garrett would miss school or Aaron miss work. About noon-thirty yesterday we started driving north.

Mom is happily sharing her house with us until our neighbors call with news of electricity in TX. With any luck it will be one day this week! In the meantime Aaron will do a little work on the house, which is always good.

Thanks for your well wishes and concerns for us! We are safe and sound and waiting it out WITH ELECTRICITY in Oklahoma. :)


Michael said...

Glad to hear you made it through alright!

We went without electricity for a little while after Hurricane Ivan. It was hot and sticky and generally unpleasant-- and that was with just myself, my husband, and our dogs to think of and look after. I can't imagine doing it with young children and a baby! It's great that y'all had somewhere to go until things are turned back on. :o)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you posted. I was concerned, I even dropped a note to your Mom on Etsy today! Please tell her that I'm not some crazy stalker woman. LOL

I must get your cell # again!


Susan Turney said...

I'm so glad you posted Christie! And how fortunate you could go to your mother's! It sounds like you got less damage than Cynthia...PolymerClay Ohio! I hope they can get it cleaned up soon!! A group of "power" guys from MN were heading down yesterday and I'm sure they're coming from all over the country to get you up and running asap.

Shoozles said...

So happy to hear you are okay.

that electricity thing stinks. 2 winters ago we went a week with out it and ran a generator that was a long week.

Stay safe

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness for your post! Been wondering and hoping you might be far enough away to keep your electricity.

Hope you're home soon with all the amenities, that is.