September 18, 2018

What a Difference Two Days Make

Well, the folks lost everything outside the house, the shop, the barn, and the 80 years of accumulated tools in it, the heirlooms, the lawnmower, the backhoe, the trailer and my brother's johnboat (which is now under the command of navy ants somewhere downstream), 

However, before bailing, my Dad, being a southerner, had performed a last futile gesture in service of a lost cause.

He caulked the garage level doors shut.

Well, yesterday morning the stain of the waterline was above the garage floor...but the garage and family room floors were dry. NOTHING in their house was lost!

Everything else is gone, but they're alive, their house is OK (wait...can we say "OK" anymore?) 

The biggest surprise of all was that their boat which was moored at Atlantic Beach somehow survived with only minor damage. 

Alas, their generator was not so lucky, so they're with me for now. We'll be heading back down to clean things up in a few days. 

The whole area though, has been utterly thrashed. Trees and powerlines are down everywhere and the main roads are washed in big ravines where a road used to be. Tornadoes tore through the downtown, roofs are missing, some buildings are just piles of rubble next to anomalously pristine structures...there is no power and the mosquitoes are like something from The African Queen

'The Crystal Coast'  is in for a rough couple of months and I understand that things are far far worse to the south and west. The attention of the nation however, is now elsewhere, distracted by court intrigues and aristocrats posing, but people are still suffering and even dying.

The calamity was and is real, even though some of the reporting was not

Don't forget them.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 05:05 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Good for your dad!  Sorry about what was lost, but relieved for what was not.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Sep 18 19:59:18 2018 (PiXy!)

2 Amazing the caulk worked. And thank goodness.

If the Johnboat has any kind of registration number on it, who knows, it might turn up eventually.

Posted by: Mauser at Tue Sep 18 20:57:01 2018 (Ix1l6)

3 It's amazing that nothing was lost in the house, such good news!

Posted by: Wonderduck at Tue Sep 18 22:11:31 2018 (f5ih7)

4 Sorry to hear about your family's troubles. Good luck.

Posted by: madrocketsci at Thu Sep 20 20:12:55 2018 (TTXhu)

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