Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Another tree in a house. Posted by Picasa

House with lots of trees on it. Posted by Picasa

Firewood, there is plenty! Posted by Picasa

Tree in trailer. Posted by Picasa

This house was behind ours, I guess power lines hit it or something during the storm and it burnt. Posted by Picasa

Wal-Mart. Only 50 people were allowed in the store at a time a week after the storm. It was open from 10am to 3pm. The town was under a curfew. Posted by Picasa

Puncture hole from a tree. Posted by Picasa

Yum, Waffle House kept power. We ate lunch here when we went back the week after the storm. Posted by Picasa

U LOOT WE SHOOT Posted by Picasa

EnGlobal, the company my husband works for. Posted by Picasa

Gas station Posted by Picasa

First Baptist Church of Silsbee Posted by Picasa

Brookshires Posted by Picasa

Downtown Silsbee Posted by Picasa

Dairy Queen in Silsbee. Posted by Picasa

Rebel Food Store's roof on a house next to it. Posted by Picasa

Our local gas station, Rebel Food Store. They opened their doors and told everyone who stayed if they needed anything just come in and get it before it went bad. Posted by Picasa

House on the other side of our circle. Posted by Picasa

Shop in Jasper County. Posted by Picasa

House 3 doors down. Pine tree limb in the middle of the roof. Posted by Picasa

My house, not much damage! You can see the limb that Thomas sawed on. Posted by Picasa

Across the corner from my house. Posted by Picasa

My next door neighbor's house. Posted by Picasa

Tree split this house in half. Posted by Picasa

Rita Aftermath

We went back home the Sunday after Hurricane Rita. The drive home was slow, tiring and worrisome. The closer we got to our hometown the worse the damage was. Trees everywhere, lines down and homes gone. We had to wait in line at the gas stations for a very long time. Most were all out of gas and the ones who did had lines miles long. We finally made it to our street, we turned and both entrances to our house had trees blocking the road. We had to maneuver around them, partly driving in yards. I just knew looking at the damage to the other homes on our circle ours would echo the same. Houses were gone, trees in roofs. We rounded the curve and there my house stood. Yes, it stood as if nothing had happened. We had two limbs down. One of the limbs T sawed on before the storm and got tired, gave up and said he would let the wind take care of it. We did have minor roof damage and water got in the master bedroom. Everything else was untouched, a miracle.
We are still without power and water was just turned back on. I am STILL at my parents house. T went back to work at the first of this week. I already miss him. Hopefully by the weekend our house will have power and I can go back home to stay for awhile. I am going to add some pictures of what the storm left behind.