Well, just 48 hours ago on Friday night Andy, Addison, and I were "hunkering down" with Sam and SHeila and "sheltering in place" waiting for Ike. We had a few drinks, made some good food, and talked about how it was a little bit "exciting", but would stink to be without power for a few days. How wrong we were.
Ike has totally devasted Houston and surrounding areas as many of you know. We were actually lucky and blessed to come through unscathed, safe, and without damage to the house. However, many were not so fortunate. My parents have lived here for over 35 years and have never seen anything like it.
The aftermath is quite amazing. ANdy and I drove with Addison to Dallas today to stay with friends because at home we are without power (being told for about 3 weeks), no sanitary water, gasoline, and few stores for neccesary items. Driving north to Dallas on I-45 today, you could see just a little bit of the extensive devastation. Billboards were twisted and slammed into apartment buildings, destroying several units, trees down everywhere, no gas station that was available until Corsicana. The few that we did see had lines of literally 100 cars parked and waiting for gas...even as far North as Centerville.
Most importantly, we are safe. We will stay in Dallas at least until Wednesday and assess the situation then. Hopefully my parents, who live south of us will be getting power restored more quickly since they are with Centerpoint. If that's the case, we will be moving to Glenloch Farms with the Lebo's until the same happens for us. We hope everyone is safe, and we look forward to touching base with everyone soon.