We Survived Hurricane Ike...

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Blog entry by SteveRussell posted 09-24-2008 10:02 PM 10440 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow Lumberjocks,

As you know, Hurricane Ike came calling on us down in the Houston area causing a significant amount of destruction. This has been one of the worst storms I can remember and I have lived in the Houston area all my life. We were without power, land phone, Internet and cell phone service for several days. Food and petrol were not available in stores. Since there was no electricity, very few businesses were open or working.

We waited in line for four hours for ice and water, up to a day in line for a few litres of petrol. Six hours in line to buy a generator, six more to get a flat fixed. Then the ice and water ran out at the FEMA POD location we used… Although FEMA helped some, at times they ran out of disaster supplies after waiting in line for hours. Those folks did a heroic job with what they had and we really appreciated everything they did to help us.

Although we purchased a generator, there were only a couple of petrol stations in the area working where we could buy fuel. Lines stretched for blocks to get what little fuel was available. We ran our generator on petrol we siphoned from our own cars and what we had on hand for lawnmowers. We have since had our power restored and food and petrol are much easier to get now, but we’re not totally back to normal.

Many areas and businesses are still without power. When you go the the stores, dairy and fresh produce, as well as bread are in short supply. I spent several days cutting trees that had blown over into neighbours homes and across their driveways. It’s been difficult, but we’re slowly getting back to normal.

Through it all, we were very lucky though… Our home suffered no significant damage (only fencing was blown over), but neighbours around me were not so lucky. Several had trees blown into their homes or garages, causing extensive damage to the structure and water damage inside their homes. Everywhere you look trees are down, or piled up for collection. We had about 14 hours of constant wind and rain, totalling more than 20 inches in a 36 hour period at our home. I’ve spent several days trying to clean up the branches and debris the storm left, so time has been short to non-existent for anything not related to storm cleanup.

Folks nearer to the coast lost everything… All that’s left in many coastal areas is flattened slabs and debris. According to the news, 26 people have died as a result of the storm in Texas, although it is feared that many, many more were swept out to sea and may never be found. Please keep victims of the storm in your prayers, as we all try to rebuild and get back to normal. Take care and best wishes to you and yours!

Steve Russell

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 09-24-2008 10:30 PM

Welcome back Steve, glad you made it thru IKE

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 09-25-2008 01:23 AM

Glad to hear that you came out relatively unscathed. We had a brace of tornadoes this summer, that while destructive and inconveniencing, were nothing compared to what you folks have gone through.

If there is any upside to this, it would have to be an unscheduled bowl blank boom.
Hope I haven’t created any additional misery for you, but I pointed some lathe folk your way. More issues of Lathe Talk to upload.
As always, accept my warm regard and best wishes in the coming days.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#3 posted 09-25-2008 01:28 AM

Glad you are fine and weathered the story without any real problems with the home and property.

I’m sure the inconvience cause has been a nightmare. Glad to fine you well and able to finally get online.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 09-25-2008 02:51 AM

Glad you’re doing ok. I just went with my son back down to Houston. He lives in the Webster area. Lots of roofs torn up and the trees took quite a beating. His apartment was ok, little bit of water staining on the ceiling, due to the apartment above getting water, but basically no major problems. Just went back to work today, trying to get the refineries going again.

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#5 posted 09-25-2008 10:50 PM

Thanks for the kind words!

We Texans are known for our grit… So we will get through this! It was a real eye opener for a lot of us though. Thanks again and best wishes to you and yours!

Steve Russell

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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