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    The Latest on Hurricane Rita
    Well, we tried to leave - had the route all planned. We were going to take the backroads.

    It was a nightmare. They had all roads blocked off except for THEIR planned evacuation routes. This led to grid lock. They would not let you go where you wanted, they would not let you turn around.

    They had roads into towns blocked off - you could not go through for a rest, food, bathroom, supplies or gas.. They detoured around.

    It was VERY hot. We could not run the air conditioners because the cars would overheat. The animals got too hot. We lost 2 of our pets to the heat - a bunny and a sugar glider. But were able to save our 2 dogs and cat.

    Horses in trailers were getting ill. At least one I saw collapsed. Many pets died.

    For 12 hours we sat - and we only went 50 miles.

    When we finally got out of eyesight of the police at another "detour", I turned the car around. Many others did too. We just floored it past the police.

    We made it home and this is where we will stay. I hope and trust all will be well. Many are still stuck on the road - no gas, cars broke down, etc..

    One bus load of elderly caught fire and about half died.

    It was bad - really bad.

    I am glad to be back at home....come what may.
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    Ebudae, So sorry to hear of your troubles!!! PLEASE be safe - will be praying for you.

    Yes, it is a mess. We left early enough on Wednesday, but it took 9 hours to travel 70 miles. I am not sure we are far enough North - but better than Galveston Bay. I wanted to go further yesterday - but no gas anywhere.

    Using a friends computer just to check a few things.

    Andy R - Please PM me your phone number.

    We may be without electricity for many days.

    Will be back in touch soon. Any and all prayers are appreciated.
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    Kim - glad you made it!

    I had thought about you and hoped you were ok!!
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    Take care guys!!!!
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    Hang in there! Hopefully, it won't be too bad where you are.
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    Ebudae, I'm so, so sorry you lost some of your pets on your trip to nowhere. I'm glad everyone else got home safely, and I hope you all stay safe.

    I can't believe the side roads and back roads were blocked off. What were they thinking? It would have alleviated a lot of pressure on the highways if people had others means of leaving the area. It just makes no sense. More lessons to learn from this hurricane and it hasn't even made landfall yet.

    Whenever someone would glibly ask why we, as residents of south Florida, didn't evacuate when a hurricane was coming, my answer was always, "What? And get caught on the highway when the hurricane hits? No thanks." Some areas are more difficult to evacuate than others, admittedly, but some are near impossible either due to sheer numbers of people, limited access routes or both.

    Keep safe.

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    Best of luck to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhea
    Some areas are more difficult to evacuate than others, admittedly, but some are near impossible either due to sheer numbers of people, limited access routes or both.
    Too true. The roads are packed even without an evacuation of a million people.

    A couple months ago, I had a two hour delay on I-35 heading south from Oklahoma to Texas. It took two hours to go 10 miles. (I should point out that it was two hours with a pregnant wife in the car and nowhere to stop to go to the bathroom!!!) Once I got to the end of the holdup, I found out what the problem was. They were doing construction and had the Interstate down to one lane. But that wasn't the holdup. If it were, it would have sped up as soon as we got down to one lane, but the delays continued for about 5 more miles. The traffic from the WinStar casino was being merged in with our one lane of traffic. I was furious. If a business is going to make that much of an impact on traffic (especially on an Interstate), they should work something out to eliminate the problem.
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    Ebudae,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your experience. That is just terrible. Take care of yourself and wishing you all the best.

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    Ebudae,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your misfortune. Especially the loss of your pets. How sad.

    I'll pray that things will be fine for you at home, and that you make it through safe and sound.

    It doesn't seem like there could be very many people left in Texas. They're all here in Tulsa! At one point today, I think I was the only car in the area with Oklahoma tags.

    Take care and be safe.

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    I hope everything turns out well for you guys stuck there.

    Take care!
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    Good luck to you Ebudae and Kim, and anybody else stuck around there!
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    Good luck to everyone affected by the storm.

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    Well, wouldn't you know it?

    We left Galveston Bay only to evacuate right into the path of the storm. Of course, there is no way we could have known, and we HAD to leave - we were being told by city officials that our neighborhood would be GONE if Rita stayed on course. That is a freaky feeling - locking your door for what may be the last time - thinking about all you are leaving behind.

    By the time we did hear of the storm shifting to the Northeast on Friday - it was too late to leave.

    Oh my God - what an experience. I REALLY don't want to go through that ever again. By the time the winds started Friday evening I was an absolute nervous wreck. (And I am always the calm, collected one in the group).

    After it was all over, there was more damage where I evacuated than at home. Only minor damage at home - and electricity came back on late last night. We are thankful for that - it was friggin HOT today! Still not much food and little gas here, but that is improving.

    I could certainly survive without it, but let me just say: I LOVE my house!! And the bay was absolutely beautiful today.

    Thank you everyone for your kind words, thoughts, and good advice.

    I am thankful that I am at home - and home is still here.

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    Hey Kim,

    I'm so glad you were able to return home to find everything intact. There really is "no place like home." All your favorite people (and critters) are there...and so's all your stuff!

    The dregs of Rita blew through here today. It was quite windy and unusually warm and wet, but she seems to have left to annoy New England and the Maritimes now. Hopefully this year's hurricane season is over.

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    Hi everyone! I am back online after the Hurricane.

    First I want to say thanks to Haiko - talking to you was a ray of sunshine!

    And Kim - glad to hear that you and your family were all right!!

    The only damage to my house was the top of the big tree out front crashing on the bedroom roof. It didn't go all the way through and damage to the roof was minimal. I have loved that tree for many years - sadly it is so torn up that we may have to have it removed. The other big tree that fell damaged part of the well house but we needed to build a new one anyway.

    All in all it could have been a lot worse!

    We were without lights until yesterday. Still no water - the well is going to need some repair work.

    It has been an experience - in so many ways. I don't think I could begin to express all the emotions. It just makes you appreciate the little things.
    Ebudae


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    Welcome back and glad things weren't too bad.

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    Ebudae,

    I'm glad to hear you made it through in pretty good shape, all things considered. If you have to remove your tree, plant another one in its place to remind you of the one that got damaged. As it grows, you will feel good about planting another one in honor of the first.

    I have an evergreen in my front yard that was so small we used to go over it with the lawn mower without touching it. We protected it, and now it's almost as tall as I am, and it makes me feel good every time I see it.

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    We received some feedback from Rita in Quebec, big wind, small crashing trees. Well it was nothing I know but this was not the time to go outside by foot and I can't imagine how horrible it is in a real hurricane. I'm glad for everyone it was not a second Katrina.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    Ebudae,

    I'm glad to hear you made it through in pretty good shape, all things considered. If you have to remove your tree, plant another one in its place to remind you of the one that got damaged. As it grows, you will feel good about planting another one in honor of the first.

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    Andy, that's a great idea! I am going to do just that, thanks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    Ebudae,

    If you have to remove your tree, plant another one in its place to remind you of the one that got damaged. As it grows, you will feel good about planting another one in honor of the first.

    I have an evergreen in my front yard that was so small we used to go over it with the lawn mower without touching it. We protected it, and now it's almost as tall as I am, and it makes me feel good every time I see it.

    Andy
    How cool and a great idea to honor the beautiful old tree. Here's a quote to honor the fallen beauty:

    "Is the acorn better than the oak which is its fullness and completion?" --Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Ebudae, glad to know you're back home. Thanks for letting us know you're safe.
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    Good you are back safe and sound!
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    Thanks everyone! It is great to be back!!

    "Is the acorn better than the oak which is its fullness and completion?" --Ralph Waldo Emerson
    That's so nice, I love it!!

    Ebudae


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    Glad everyone is ok...took us 5 hours to get from Baytown to Dayton, which is usually like a 20-30 minute drive. All sounds so familiar, being forced one way into a huge backup and the heat is what ended up killing so many, not the storm itself. 4 kids in a car with no A/C is not a good mix at all. Fighting over gas and all the rest only to have the storm miss us and go elsewhere.
    I have family in Jefferson county though who can't even get home to check and see if they still have a house left or not though. So I feel so blessed that we came out like we did!

    Mary

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    Welcome back Ebudae and Mary!
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