Ice Storm Update…A Step At A Time
Power is on!
Getting off the computer fast in case of expected power surges as other lines are added on today.
Still just a small percentage of us with power and water…expected to take a month to get it back up for everyone!
School out as least another week for us here, already one week out.
Had church yesterday…power was up, an inspiriting service with folks from many churches and communion all together, reports from state representative Brent Yonts, and the city mayor.
Kids are much easier to entertain with the Wii back up, though we don’t have cable yet. The boys went somewhere to watch the Bowl last night.
We are down to hosting eight overnight, will have ten today. A joy. Have housed 19 this week on mattresses all over the heated floors of the house (gas logs and cooktop). Alternating the generator all week between heat and refrigerators.
National Guard is going door to door today and looking for the elderly needing help…our church staff found three elderly people huddled around one candle on their second day with no food yesterday. Stories like that inspire us all. Sirens are heard all day long. Animals are starting to roam, looking for food. I ran a pit bull out from our pool today, running across the pool cover!
I had the joy of doing a National Guard worship service this morning at “0700” for Chaplain East of Danville with Melissa B. We are so thankful for the hundreds of thousands of service people set up in tents at the schools. Their parking lots FILLED with electric trucks and tent cities and trailers to house them.
All schools donated their food for supplies, so they are out of food at current.
They were bringing in 400-500 more electricians yesterday.
We saw cherry picker trucks arriving en masse today.
Still power lines across roadways toward the country, only priority routes restored so far (meaning, McDonalds, restaurants strips, and the hospital). 😀
We hauled limbs all day yesterday and were thankful for a warmer day…ground still very, very soft and squishy. My feet still hurt from boots today…so, they don’t make arch support in rain boots? What’s with that?
I wore them in college and forgot how much I hated them by the end of the day!
They are closing all small shelters today and moving them to 1st and 2nd Baptist if anyone is free to help, I know the kitchen crew has got to be beyond exhausted. I think Kay H. has been cook chief since the beginning and she flies out Wed. for her nephews graduation from BASIC. She delayed her flight three days to continue to serve.
All for now. Photos later when there is time. They go from heart-breaking to stunning, just depending on the angle.
Thanks for your prayers for grace and mercy and peace and strength for us all. Our third huge crisis in one year: the tornado that ripped through here, the hurricane that caused unbelievable damage for us, and now this. We feel torn at the seams, but we know we are strong. Just hard to continue to see people pressed so hard locally…the landscape falling a bit with each hit.
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