Still no news whether we have power or not. Our neighbors have not called, so either they are asleep in the comfort of a cooled home, or the power is still out. They told my husband that they would be sleeping in their van if electricity did not return last night. (Of course, Brandon reminded them to keep their garage door open if they decided to do this!)
On this subject, my friend, Lisa (she and her husband came over last night, and her husband spent the night while she went into the hospital to work), said that there were so many cases of carbon monoxide poisioning due to people running their vehicles in the garage with the garage door down or running their generators inside the garage or closed space. I am sure there will be quite a few deaths related to this issue as well because people do not seem to be well-informed on these things.
An update for those of you checking in on my extended family- Sandra and Dickie were also without power and water (in East Texas...Tyler/Troup area), and may still be. Obviously, this storm is affecting a lot of lives in a short time!
Just a reminder- we are still at my parent's house. Our friends (Dave and Lisa) are still without power. Their apartment building has been wrecked. Sewage has overflowed into the pool, sky lights (which were in the hall) have been ripped off and water is pouring in. It is raining here again. There is a cool front headed our way, or so I'm told.. which is nice.
The humidity makes being without power almost unbareable. Before we left the house, we all felt sticky and clammy, even though Brandon and I had showered. Even the baby was sweating. Our neighbor gave birth a couple weeks ago, and I know this must be difficult for them!
Needless to say, there is much work to be done here, and we're already seeing (and hearing about) people banding together as friends and neighbors to make the repairs needed.
I'm sure a lot of you are sick of hearing about Ike, but it's a fact of life for those of us here. A lot of damage. I cannot even imagine what Galveston looks like. I grew up on those beaches, loved roaming the seawall and strand, and know that a lot of those little shops are completely obliterated.
We feel so fortunate not to have any significant damage (although, we are worried about looting while we are gone, but hopefull that doesn't happen). And, hopefully, there isn't any flooding. I know Spring area had flooding prior to the hurricane.
I heard that our family's friend, Linda Ronhaar, had a tree come crashing into her home. I believe that is correct... although I am hoping it's just rumor!
Later, I will be setting up a donation paypal account so that people can help those who need a little something to get back on their feet. (Fema and insurance takes a while, and some of these people will need something to tide them over, especially if they are out of work due to the hurricane.) If you are interested in donating, even if it's just a buck, let me know.
Thanks for checking up on us. It's so wonderful to know that people care about our wellbeing and have been praying for us.