Sunday, August 28, 2011

Marooned, Incommunicado

Collage of just some of the things that were flying over the farm yesterday.
I missed the governor's helicopter, having run outdoors quickly to quiet the dogs

Collage of skies, from Saturday through yesterday

What you can see from our windows

"The wind makes me restless. I can't settle to normal Sunday pursuits. Dishes, laundry, chores galore, all done before the crew is finished in the barn. Judging by posts from my Facebook friends, it's the same all over. No one can be calm with all this going on."

That was written on Sunday before the main storm hit. at that point the storm looked unimpressive, but there was a gripping, ominous tension in the just couldn't walk away from it.

Our senses were not wrong. The poor valley is devastated, the whole region damaged horribly. We were lucky, we are fine. We couldn't get out and no one could get in, but we never completely lost power, although phone, Internet and television were gone.

Entities far from this region complaining that the storm preparation was over done and over-hyped are full of it. Whole farms were swept away, whole towns inundated, people died. People are still in shelters, people still don't have power. Buildings that have stood everything that has happened since the Revolutionary War were badly damaged. Guy Park Manor

It is too soon for me to process it all, but here are some links and pictures.

Video of part of the extent of the flooding taken from the governor's helicopter, which flew very low over us several times. Drove the dogs totally crazy.

There is so much more...too much more. As I said, I can't process it yet. Prayers for people who had and have it a lot worse than we do and belated thanks to Grandpa Delbert for going against convention and buying land high on the hillsides instead of river flats. I sent him good thoughts all weekend.....

If you are on Facebook, look up WRGB, WENT, the Recorder, and Montgomery County Emergency Management, etc. There are some pictures that will chill you....


joated said...

Wow! The video from the Governor's helicopter is indeed chilling. So much flooding. So many under water. So much clean-up and rebuilding to do.

I'm glad you guys are safe.

Cathy M said...

Glad you're OK.

Jinglebob said...

Damn! More prayers from here!

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Glad you're all safe. We've been worried seeing the news reports of damage.

Thanks for the update!

Earl said...

Yeah, I can see all that fallen rain running down that long hill you live upon. Bet no one came in to rob your cable then either. Great pictures, will be praying for those in the floods.

threecollie said...

Joated, isn't it awful! Liz went out milk inspecting yesterday and couldn't get to any of her farms. Several whole herds were lost, barns, machinery destroyed, and the infrastructure damage is staggering.

Cathy, thanks

JB, thank you too.

Nita, thanks, we are fine.

Earl, no, that is true, our only visitors were a dear friend not seen in a year (of course we missed him) and the new milk inspector, who was fairly kind to us. thanks for your prayers. We are fine, but there are many people in pretty dire straits.

Cathy said...

TC. . . We're so relieved that you made it through Irene in pretty good shape.

But, those videos. I can hardly watch. Poor people.

There's something about water climbing and pouring into areas where it doesn't belong that is so chilling.

threecollie said...

Cathy, you see stuff like this on TV, and although the Internet has brought us all closer, it usually seems far away...this time we know the folks in the videos, have visited the places (been to Guy Park Manor many times) and have met some of the folks who lost their lives...friends of friends.. so harsh this thing.

Terry and Linda said...

I'm so very glad you are safe! My heart breaks for those who are suffering, but my heart also leaps for joy because you are okay!


threecollie said...

Linda, we were so lucky. A lot of fear, mostly about the dam, some days helping out the boss's elderly aunt who lost power for almost a week, but nothing, just nothing, in the face of what others are going through. One man is missing 22 thoroughbreds, just can't find them. Heaven only knows where they went.