MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2007
Hurricane Charley: T+3 years
I cannot believe it has been 3 years since Hurricane Charley. My distinct memory is of moving tree branches from one big pile (where we initally put them after cutting them off my house) to another bigger pile so that they could be burned. The pile is still there (so is the other pile that was created when we first moved into that house).
It was about 100 degrees, and I just walked from one pile to the other over and over until I thought I would pass out.
I also remember driving down Kissimmee Park road at midnight and driving over powerlines and going around whole trees in the road. When we finally got within 1 mile of our house, there was a tree trunk across the road, so we had to walk the rest of the way.
The huge pecan tree next to our house didn't fall (gratefully, if the roots had been uplifted, that alone would have knocked the house off the foundation), but all of its branches were twisted and had been blown down onto the house.
I walked in, saw that all the windows were intact and the ceiling was still up, and walked out.
What amazed me most though, was how little destruction there was compared to what could have happened... there were so many houses with trees down *between* them. That tree could have easily fallen right on the house, but instead it fell where there was nothing at. I saw that many, many times. I was actually shocked at how well most places fared.
Also, there were only 10 deaths overall.
I thank God for keeping my family safe though that. When I was young I wanted to experience a bad hurricane (be out of school for a week, stuff like that). Now, I never want to do that again.
Posted by Chet at 10:00 PM
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