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Wednesday, September 17

Ike Came and Went...

Hurricane Ike came roaring through Ohio on Sunday, unlike anything we have ever seen. With winds still in excess of 70 mph, he knocked down trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.


We have been without power since Sunday evening, with little hope of it returning anytime soon. Right now the estimates are anywhere between today and Sunday. Drew's Dad and I have found a Panera Bread with power, so we have been able to connect to the outside world for the first time in days.

We had several tree limbs fall and lost a couple of roof shingles and some trim around the windows. Our large oak tree is currently holding up the electrical pole that runs along our property. We emptied the refrigerator of all of its spoiled contents. While we have had some damage and a lot of clean up, we are much more lucky than others right around us. We are ready for life to return to normal.

I really don't know how those that live in Hurricane areas do this year after year. We have gone from station to station looking for gas, have had issues finding milk and water. No one has any ice. Anywhere. Some restaurants will have food but no drinks. Others, the opposite. My kids haven't had milk in nearly a week. We were really unprepared for this to happen, so maybe that is part of the problem, but it has been emotionally and physically draining. I feel for those that do this multiple times a year, year after year.

5 comments:

leahlefler said...

We got hit by Ike in much the same way (in Western NY) and it really took us by surprise! We were without the electronic world until yesterday and now we're back online. Lots of trees down and a rather frustrating week, and it definitely made me glad we don't deal with hurricanes on a regular basis! I don't know how people on the Gulf Coast do it.

Laurie said...

Oh no! Am glad you are okay.

I was just thinking this morning about the deaf & hard of hearing in Texas. How do they recharge their batteries? How do they know what is going on if they don't have electric for their TV's, Captioned Telephones, and Internet? I know I would have someone checking on me but not everyone does. . . hmmmm, I sense another blog post coming. . .

Hope to see you soon! Laurie

Abbie said...

Oh man! That looks horrible! I hope your power is restored asap. Please keep up updated when you can! I have you in my thoughts!

Laura's medical journey said...

Im glad you got through Hurricane Ike! It sounds horrible. I dont know how people cope in hurricane areas either because how people find it getting back on their feet year after yeah i dont know! it must be devastating! Glad you are all ok!

Landon's Mom said...

I'm glad ya'll made it through relatively ok. We definitely know how you feel. I guess being born/raised here it's just one of those things we learn to go through - doesn't make them any easier though. All I kept thinking through Gustav was thank goodness I wasn't further along in my pregnancy. There were several at my doctor's appt who were within days of giving birth and had no power/water at home.
When Ike came through here our power went off for about 5 hours that night and we were all having flashbacks to Gustav. I was not looking forward to having to clean out the fridge again! Hopefully you'll get power back soon!!