According to some friends of the family, Mema and Pepa's house has minimal damage, with just a half a foot of water in one of the first floor bedrooms and a little into the kitchen and they live one block from the beach! Praise God they left the island because they may have made it through the storm but the aftermath may have proven to be more difficult to handle - there is still no water, gas, phone, or electricity on the island and the mosquitoes are swarming. FEMA is paying for them to stay in a hotel in Austin until mid October.
Hurricane Tikes - Evacuation Planning
Our friends, Heather and Todd, live on the water in Bayou Vista and came by to pick up their car tonight. Their entire first level was completely washed away by the storm surge. The walls are bare down to the studs, even the stairs are gone. The Tiki Bar was found several houses down with multi-colored martini glasses still hanging in place.
While this is easy for us to say since we are not directly effected, we have to learn from this event and from these losses, that these "things" are not what are important. We will always have memories we can share and the love of family and friends to keep us going.
The last report I heard said that a large percentage of the residents STAYED on the island during the storm. What is amazing is they have reported only FIVE fatalities in the city of Galveston. We have to give praise to God for all the blessings amidst the heartache and devastation.
First - try to exit the front door
If the door is congested with toddlers, try exiting a window
Then, two of us will hop onto our car and two of us will push
We'll head for safer shelter with Penny our Penguin
Once things settle, we'll blog to let our friends know we're okay
And when it's all over - we play!