Yes! I am back and we are fine! Thanks to those who tried to get my message out to everyone. Absolutely no damage here this time around. We were high and dry. The only trees that fell were in the woods...belonged to the park, not us.
We were out of power and lost our phone late Saturday afternoon until today. We've been eating well off an old butane stove and the bar-b-que pit.
I worked yesterday and today. The company is running on a giant generator. And they are feeding us some excellent lunches!
God was with us. This storm barely touched us up here, unlike Rita. But Ike has reeked havoc in nearby communities.
My hat's off to Guido, who I see posted some of the REAL story on his journal. The national news makes me so mad!!! Yes, dear Houston had some damage. Yes, because it is a large city the damage may be expensive. But the real loss was on Galveston Island and especially the peninsula that runs between Galveston and High Island. Bolivar, Crystal Beach, Gilcrest and points behind the pennisula in the bay.
Also, further East behind Sabine Pass (who took the direct hit from Rita)Bridge City who had no levee suffered much flooding. Port Arthur, though fearful the storm surge would top or break the levee, faired better. Tip your hats to Jack Brooks for that.
You can see it all in this map.
I am north of Silsbee. (Click image to view larger.) And you can get more detailed information on what really occurred at KFDM.com. And up to the minute news as we progress along with our recovery. For any local folks who are stranded away from home, KLVI and dear old Al is still your best bet for info.
All in all, Ike was not necessarily any worse than Rita. But they were very different storms. With Rita it was the wind speeds that did the damage. With Ike, the immense size of it and the storm surge was what lay things to waste. I'll be posting some little stories about our experiences in the coming days. And doing some catching up with you and yours in J-Land.