What a huge area of devastation it looks to be. My parents are still in Texas with my niece and her family. My uncle was safe at his lake house though I would have gone farther away if I had been making that decision. They’re all chomping at the bit to get back home and secure their places but it just isn’t a good place to be now – especially for older folks.
The entire area is without power and it literally may be months before power is restored. When Hurricane Rita hit, the damage wasn’t nearly so bad and some people went 3 to 4 weeks without power. There’s no water. The place is truly a disaster.
I’m not much of a betting person but I’d about bet there are any houses without some damage.
When you think things cannot get worse, they do!
For those not familiar with the area, the big bridge (that I’ve posted about before – how much I fear that bridge) . . on the right (east) side is Lake Charles. If you cross the bridge going towards the yellow building, that’s the west side and that area is Westlake, which is where I grew up, graduated from high school and still have lots of friends. Many years ago, long after I had left home, my parents moved to Moss Bluff, which is north of Lake Charles.
Somehow, with everything going on, there was a chemical leak and fire. It’s been burning all day. The interstate is closed due to the fire. Everyone is supposed to have windows closed, a/c off (which it would be anyway unless they have generators).
This article explains it all.
There are, of course, no grocery stores open, no restaurants open – not much of anything open. I saw a video this morning of a string of what appeared to be hundreds of ambulances heading to the area to evacuate people from hospitals.
I’ve begged my parents to let me come and get them, bring them back to MO where there’s plenty of room. Even if I have to go back to Texas for a few days here and there and pack, I could leave them with supplies and I seem to have excellent neighbors here in MO who would help them if they needed help. Right now, they’re saying no but give them a week or so with no running water or electricity and they may take me up on that offer.
There is just so much damage and with building materials everywhere being in short supply, I just cannot imagine the headaches the folks in that devastated area are going to face trying to repair and rebuild their homes.
Chad stayed south of Dallas last night but now they’re headed to Baton Rouge, which wasn’t hit so bad but there’s just no place for the crews to stay in the hardest hit area so I’m not real sure what the plans are. Chad and his crew just do what they’re told and right now, they’re on their way to Baton Rouge.
Homes can be repaired; power can be restored. Everyone is safe and that’s what matters most.