Later in the afternoon the skies cleared and the sun peeked out. But the relentless wind only increased. Many trees snapped and were uprooted as Irene pulled away. Scott came home exhausted and concerned. He is the Deputy Highway Superintendent and he knew too well what they would face in the coming weeks. Three roads washed out, many others damaged, bridges washed away, trees down all over. (We still have roads that are impassable.) Directly around our house we were lucky. No trees fell on our property. But after Scott came home we took a ride. I was shocked. The damage all around was devastating. I could not believe the amount of trees down and the extent of the flooding.
Monday dawned , a beautiful day. Sierra and I went up to the firehouse to take a shower. Their meeting room was full of blow up mattresses and cots... a testimony to all those who spent two nights there, answering the record amount of calls! Roads were still blocked, trees still lying dangerously on wires. Not too far from here entire towns were flooded out. People were stranded in their homes , as the water flowed right through them.
It has been humbling. A reminder of how little control we have . A reminder of how comfortable our lives really are. We lost power for 36 hours. Many others around us are still out. They don't even know if they will be able to start school on Tuesday. David's community college has closed for the remainder of the week.
These are the facts. I have struggled with my emotions. I was scared, very vulnerable. I did not like being alone, but with Scott's job and the fact that he is Asst, Fire chief, the reality is that I will almost always be alone during any natural disaster we may have. Not a comforting feeling. I feel so, for those who lost their homes and for those who lost loved ones. One man , not to far from here, went to help his neighbor and was electrocuted. And I know that even though it was bad here, I am sure it was worse somewhere else.