Thursday, January 10, 2008

disaster area

So, our town has been declared a disaster area. The photo shows our junior high school. Our house is about one block away from where the flood waters reached so we are pretty lucky (so far). We have some seepage in our basement but no standing water. Our sump pump is definitely getting a work out though.
My Aunt and cousin are staying with us because their basement is full (like clear to the ceiling full). They had a wall in the basement collapse and had to have their gas and electric turned off. My cousin just waded home to check things out and said she can now see in the basement because water has receded about six inches. Her freezer and washer and dryer are just floating around.
Monkey Brigade worked with the EMS yesterday helping evacuate people and hospice patients into the armory. That would suck. Then of course he had to go into work at 11pm, back to his class this morning. He's running on fumes.
A woman jumped off the Mill st. bridge into the river and was rescued about two miles up river. She was trying to commit suicide.
A classmate of mine was electrocuted (to death). Seems he was holding a drop cord and slipped into his flooded basement.


3carnations said...

Oh gosh, how terrible.

I'm glad your house is OK so far, but what a terrible situation.

I hope things stay well for your family.

Julia said...

I'm glad to read that you and your family are okay. It's crazy the impact weather has on our lives.

Anonymous said...

I've been through disasters of my own, but I still can't imagine what you must be going through.

Stinkypaw said...

Man, I'm sorry to read this. I know I'm far and we don't really know each other, but if you ever need anything, please don't hesitate to ask, I'll gladly send you stuff, if it can help...

Hang in there!

princess slea said...

aw, spaw thanks for the offer. I am actually doing just fine ~ we have no damage at all. your holiday post about donating all that stuff is still resonating with me and i actually helped my mom today but plan to call the city tomorrow and see what else they need help with. i know there must be people in town with no family or friends who are able to provide "man power" so that is what i plan to do.
my mom and i drove around tonight and pretty much the whole town just north and east of us is a muddy mess. i'll post pictures tomorrow.

flyingvan said...

My wife and kids have evacuated four times due to fire threat....Bad combination of living in a firestorm zone and marrying a firefighter, she says....Floods, fires, tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes....Where's it safe to live? Albuquerque keeps coming to mind. I wonder what they deal with....Anyway, good luck with the dry-out, stock up on mosquito spray, and hope the sewers keep runnin'