The big story all last week was the fact that Hurricane Irene was going to hit North Carolina and travel up the east coast. For those of us in the northeast, hurricanes and other natural disasters are extremely rare. Many individuals are completely clueless as to how to handle something like this – which is why I posted the hurricane preparedness guide – and our various governments are not equipped to do so either.
We didn’t know what to expect, so we took a lot of precautions. In fact, due to the location of our church, the leadership decided to cancel services for Sunday. I won’t go into everything we did here, because you can just read the guide above to get an idea. However, I will tell you what we went through.
It started raining here about 12 noon on Saturday. It was actually pretty hard right from the start. Then the winds began to pick up in the early evening and the rain was very hard. There began to be talks about tornadoes (a good friend had one touch down close to her home), people losing power, and massive flooding.
The storm officially arrived during the night, so I tried to stay awake to see if it would knock out our power early on. The lights began to flicker around 1am, but the power never completely went out; so I went to bed around 3:30am. When I got up the next day, there were only four places that I was concerned about:
I woke up and immediately looked at my power strip to see if the little green light was still on…it was! We had power and running water, and the heavy rains had moved on. However, since the basement in our building floods, I had to go down and see how bad the damage was.
We sat our boxes and other things on top of these plastic bins in order to elevate them above the previous flood levels. Since this was a hurricane, I was afraid that the water level would be even higher than we could handle with our bins. I went downstairs ready to swim to our storage room, but it was completely dry!!!
For the rest of the day it was extremely windy, so we were still worried about trees falling and taking out power lines. We just thank God that we didn’t suffer any flooding, loss of water/water pressure, or power outage!
Unfortunately, our church basement was flooded. I haven’t had a chance to go down there to check out the damage and help with the clean up, but I hope to soon. Part of the problem was that the church also lost power and the email servers were down – making it difficult to communicate with each other (and taking out the church website)!
Here is a clip of the National Guard attempting to rescue people a few minutes away from our church:
Most of the people that I know lost power initially. Some of them didn’t have water either. In fact, we had some family members who were on their way over to our house to store some meat in our freezer, and to take a shower, but then their water and power were restored.
Unfortunately, we have a family in our church that lost their home, car, clothes, and furniture due to the flooding after the hurricane (they live in the town in the video above)! I’ll let you guys know if there is a way that you can help them out.
Would it be wrong to say that I would not have had a problem with all of the power behind Irene being unloaded directly onto the building in which I work? If so, you didn’t just read that! 😉
Anyway, we knew that there would be massive flooding in our offices – we are in the basement. Our office floods all the time. I mean… if a guy walks past the building dripping sweat, it begins to flood! Because of this, we disconnected all of our computers and other electronics and placed them on top of our desks.
I got a call on Sunday telling me that our office was severely flooded and I should wear jeans. I’ll spare you all the details, just know that I won’t be back in my office for up to 2 months!!!
I’ll leave you with a picture of the “highway” that runs next to my office:
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