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Have you experienced a natural disaster (in either minor or major proportion)?  Were you evacuated from the area?

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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • In 1977 a major snowstorm hit Buffalo, NY..the “blizzard” of ‘77 and it closed down the city for close to 4 weeks...I was a sophomore in high school and lost about 5 weeks of school..being stuck around the house really sucked after a while..lol..tongue out




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      Angelcart wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Yes, IKE last year.  Our back yard still hasn’t recovered.  We live about 25 miles from Galveston.  It cost us a fortune for tree removal, 2 1/2 weeks without power, I lost all my family photo’s that can never be replaced.  I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy!




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      Angelcart wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • PS - we’ve had to evacuate (mandatory) for the last 2 years.  It sucks the big one!tongue out




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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • sorry to hear that angel..my friend lives in Pompano Beach, FL and has had her fill of hurricane activity..it is devastating..frown




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      Susan Dahringer wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • We experienced a couple of fires here in California..Never had to evacuate our home..




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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • the fires in California have been horrendous from what I hear..glad to here you did not have to leave your home, Susan..happy




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      Angelcart wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Mayra1961- yep that;s the price we pay to live on the coast we love so much.  I pray we don’t have to evacuate again this year because it is soooooooooo much work! We have a special enclosed trailer to load the Road King, tools, special papers, etc, then the golfcart go’s in the back of the truck.  THEN, you have to unload it all!  Whew!frown




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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • I remember hearing about Hurricane Charley, Geri...Thank God you were all safe...I commend the emergency workers, Renee, they are part of an amazing team! estatic




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • In Nov. ‘05 my town was hit by a very large tornado at 2:30 in the morning. Hardly anyone heard the warnings. Luckily I heard the sirens and woke Mark up, told him to call his kids because their house was right in the path. Several homes down their street were completely destroyed. theirs had some damage.




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Angel, that must be a tough debate when it’s time to evacuate-do you come back or do you move inland? Wow.




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      Angelcart wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Lu we actually live on a very small island and it is it's own city, own pd dept, fire, etc.  Great place to live.  If the city decides mandatory it's still your choice to stay, but that's really dumb.  Believe it or not 2 people on the island stayed.  An elderly man called for help because the water rose faster than they had any idea of he was LUCKY because one of our neighbors swam  in to get him out in a boat!!  The pd dept. tells you, you stay - you pay - don't call them for help during the storm.  I can't blame the pd dept. at all, all people are given days notice, plenty of time to get the hell out of dodge.




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      Angelcart wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Duh, forgot the other part of your question.  Yes, we head inland.  After IKE we couldn’t get back on the island for 2 days due to water.




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      Angelcart wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • If you go to Youtube and search IKE, there’s a video by Jean Ann Allen (she evacuated with us).  She posted 2 great videos she made.




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      Angelcart wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Her video is the first one that pulls up.  “Hurrican Ike vs Clear Lake Shores, TX“.  That’s where we live.




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      Tuliplady wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • I’ve been thru a flash flood in the middle of the night.  Very nearly lost our house.  

       I don’t know if the house would have filled up with water or washed off it’s footings if the water had gotten any higher.  Logs coming down steam knocked several of the footings out from under the house.  Thankfully, the water went down before either happened.

       Lost a vehicle.  We recovered it the next day, but flood water had moved it from where it had been.  Ended up having to replace lots of parts on that vehicle and one other. One of our small barns was picked up and floated about 1/2 a mile.  My storage shed had a couple feet of water in it, and I lost lots of books, pictures and childhood momentos.




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      Mtnmom wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Yes, we had to evacuate our home in 2003 because of the Cedar fire. We live in Descanso Ca. The fire came within about 15 feet of the house. My husband stayed behind and in my opnion saved our house. We also had God and luck on our side.




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      Coachmombabe wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • My family was visiting in Topkea, Kansas for a family reunion (at that time my father was stationed in Pensacola, FL), June 10, 1966 when an f5 tornado hit the city. We all clustered up in the crawl space of our uncle’s double wide mobile home. Although the tornado did not do major damage to the trailer park, you could see debris flying everywhere! I was only 9 at the time, but I can still remember it like it was last year!




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      Coachmombabe wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • tulip, did you get your barn back?




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      Owlmaria wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Yes, 1983, lived in Okinawa, Japan. Typhoon had myself & 2 babies in our house for 3 days- no electricity, water or help! We were under a mattress for the whole time & I thought the house was going to be blown off the island. I couldn’t be scared b/c of my babies, we were alone!!




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      007pouty wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • We evacuated for Rita and Ike.  It was hard to decide which way to go every road we took was at a stand still.  I’ll never forget the terror after Rita.  We stayed in North La. for 2 days, they lost electricity up there.  We came about 50 miles closer to our house. To mothers she had no electricity, she was determine she was staying.  We packed her up and everyone else and went to Fl. for a week.  Came back to mothers she had electricity.  My husband tried coming home.  They let him in.  But, no electricity, he went to work and lived like that for a week, the following Sunday he sent for the rest of us, telling us the electricity was supposed to be turned on that day.  By the time we made it home we did have electricity.  But, we lost all trees in our yard. Our neighbors lost all there trees, we were very lucky in that the four houses on our block all the trees that fell never touched a house.




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      Tina Sickinger wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Yes, flash flood in March ‘82. Lost everything I had. National Guard came out and turned out power while we were rushing around putting things up (it happens so quickly). My first daughter was only 2 mos. old; I had packed a bag to leave and put her in her carrier on the bed with our overnight bags. When the power was cut off, I couldn’t see and couldn’t find her as the water had risen and floated the bed across the room..I freaked out! Hubby got stuck out the door and water pressure wouldn’t allow him back in to help us. Nat‘l Guard rescued us finally.

      Scary stuff in the middle of the night with a newborn. Wouln’t want to relive that one!!




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      Tuliplady wrote Jun 3, 2009
    • Oh Twinkie, I hear ya!  My youngest was still a babe in arms when we flooded.  I was terrified we were going to have to go out in that raging water and the only thing I could think of was how am I going to hang onto my baby!  

      coachmom, yes, we got the barn back. It was old and very solidly built, we just moved it back to it’s place.  

      The next year we had a flood, but it was a slow rise from the river.  House wasn’t in danger but I had to move terrified horses out of the way of flood water.  Not an easy task.  They had to cross water to get to higher ground and that was a fight!




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