I wrote this shortly after Hurricane Ike hit the Texas Coast on September 13, 2008.
the morning of September 13, 2008, the eye of Hurricane Ike
approached the upper Texas coast, making landfall at 2:10 a.m. CDT over
the east end of Galveston Island, with a high storm surge, and traveled
north up Galveston Bay, along the east side of Houston. I live along the
east side of Houston not far from Galveston Bay. This is my journal of
guess the best place to start is at the beginning. We thought that Ike
would be hitting a little further south of us so we were only worried
about rain but kept a close eye on things. Well that Thursday, September
the 18 we woke up to find that we were under a mandatory evacuation
for our area. It seemed that the storm turned north and we were now on
the dirty side of the storm (for those of you not familiar with
hurricanes-the dirty side is the east side). If you are on the east side
of a hurricane you always get worse rain, worse wind, and a greater
chance for tornadoes. Everything on the east side of a hurricanes gets
dirty-hence why it is called the dirty side. Matt and I couldn't believe
it that a hurricane was supposed to directly hit our area! . We both
grew up in this area and never had be forced to evacuate before. We
could not decide wither to leave or not. Well I had a to go to work so I
told him to decided and we would go from there. I had a sub job that
day. When I got to school I heard we would be getting out at 11 instead
of the usual 3:45. Okay, that's good I thought it will give me time to
go packed and loaded. Well I was supposed to have 23 kids in my class
that day only 12 showed up. By the time school ended I was down to 3
students. Everyone was picking up their kids and getting out of town.
Well I get home and Matt suggest going to the high school. I had a dream
earlier in the week that we would have to evacuate and we would go to
the High School (where Matt and I went to school at) with my old home
ec. teacher and friend Ms. Webber. Well we contact Ms. Webber and we
decide to leave Friday morning-the storms not supposed to hit until
later that evening we'll be okay. And that will give us time to pack.
For those of you who have never had to evacuate before I cannot begin to
tell you what an overwhelming task it is to pack. You have to take
necessary items such as food, water, toiletries, medication, ect. The
hard part is deciding what else to take-if your house is demolished what
could you not live without. For me it's my pictures and my scrapbooks.
Thankfully I have most of my pictures backed up on my computer. Well we
get ready and head out to the high school. The high school is about 30
miles above sea level so we figured we wouldn't get any storm surge that
high. At the time they were saying that we could get a storm surge of
over 12ft-which would put our house under water. Matt being the optimist
was not really worried at all-me not so much. (side note here I am SO
thankful to have a husband who is an optimist-he balances out his wife
who tends to be a pessimist). :)
We get there and get settled in and things start to get dark. Sophie was really really anxious.
had never seen her so nervous. I kept thinking of Roise our cat back
home. She would not get in her cat carrier for anything and after a
scratched up arm-I decided to leave her there. I know, I know, shame on
me. Matt and Mrs. Webber were cooking up some food for us to have
before the power went out. I was in heaven. I had two people who like to
cook so I didn't have too! :) So I got to hang out with Sophie. She's
so fun. She had her tennis ball. Here she is playing with it. Well, she
was playing with it-of course she stopped playing when I started video
tapeing. Well we played, talked, ate, and hung out and it started
getting dark and the wind really started
up. We went to bed about 10:00 and shortly after that the power went
out. I know this because I have a C-pap machine for my sleep apnea and
the alarm with no power went off. Well there was no way I was going
back to sleep then. Matt was still sound asleep. The man can sleep
through anything. I got up and read my bible by flash light. I was
reading the Psalms and came across this verse: " He hushes the storm to a
calm and gentle whisper so that the waves of the sea the are still-then
men are glad because of the calm and He brings them to their desired
haven. " Psalms 107: 29-30. I kept mediating on this verse and how he
showed me in a dream that we would be okay and slept soundly. I think
even Sophie finally curled up beside us and slept. Well, Matt and I woke
up about 4 a.m and we laid there for quite a while talking and
listening to the rain.
we decided to get up and explore the damage. The storm had blow the
skylights out letting rain pour through the building. Also, the storm
have blown one door to the outside in. We had parked our cars there
earlier but Matt told us we needed to move them. Thank God we did.
Another car was there and it was severely damaged. Here is a picture of
the door that blew-they braced it with a table. We decided to wait till
the sun came up and explore some more. When we did here's what we found.
The trophy cases got wet and some of the trophies and awards were
damaged. There was water everywhere. I started calling the school Lake
Eagle. It was still really rainy and windy so we went back to the
comfort of our brick walled classroom. We hung out and things got a lot
better. We decided to out and see how our house along with Ms. Webber's
house was. We also took pictures of the damage. Here is a picture of
what is left of the construction trailer out back of the school.
is a pole leaning on the highway.
Most electric poles were like this. This is the Marina.
those are the boats on the highway. I was getting more and more nervous
as we got closer to our house. This is the house that we are currently
living in right now. We are in the process of moving into another house
and Matt would go check on it later. I kept saying "God is in control
and I trust you God." When I got to the house here is what I saw. No
major damaged. Only trees down and cosmetic damage.
went to Ms. Webbers house. There was no major damage there either. As
we were driving we saw other places that were not so lucky. Well we left
the school on Monday and thankfully by then we had power back.
Unfortunately most of the town was still shut down due to damage and no
power. Thank you Lord for being my shelter in the storm!