Hurricane Ike: House damaged... evacuated to Dallas

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    Sep 16, 2008 6:12 PM GMT
    Our house was damaged, but nothing like many in our neighborhood that have multiple trees slicing them up. Our damage was to the roof, the attic vent, gutters and hundreds of dollars in landscaping.

    Beaumont is still under a mandatory evacuation order. We stayed through the hurricane, but the next morning, it was obvious there would be no power, no running water, and no food for weeks. We evacuated and are staying in Dallas until further notice.

    You can see pictures of the damage in our neighborhood at www.kellymurphy.smugmug.com.

    Entergy-Texas, our power company, announced today that expect all power will be restored by October 6th. I was thinking more like Friday? I didn't bring nearly enough clothes for a three week visit and I'm sure our friends will be more than ready for us to go by then.

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    Sep 16, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    Good luck...as long as no one was hurt, it's all good. I know the aftermath will be a financial setback (depending on your financial situaton) and a general pain in the butt but the most important thing is that you weren't hurt and your BF, friends and loved ones are safe. The rest can be replaced. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 17, 2008 6:14 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear about all the damage. But, it sounds like what matters is ok. You can always repair the roof, gutters and landscaping.

    I feel ya on the whole three weeks without power thing. I'm not going to stay for another hurricane above cat 2. People don't realize it's the aftermath that sucks the most (unless your house washes away or something). After Wilma, we didn't get power, phones, water or cable back for two weeks. The cable and internet actually took a month. It was ridiculous. And, the devastation wasn't nearly as bad as it is in Texas.

    Anyways, glad to hear you guys are ok and only sustained minor damage. Hopefully you can get back sooner rather than later.
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    Sep 17, 2008 6:19 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear that but glad it wasn't worse. I have been through a few bad storms when I lived on the east coast. You just gotta be prepared! Things like the accompanied power outages can be a pain in the butt.
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    Sep 17, 2008 6:22 AM GMT
    That sucks, but I'm glad you guys are okay. Too bad you guys didn't evacuate to Chicago.icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 19, 2008 10:29 PM GMT
    I feel very bad for the people of Southeastern Texas, this hurricane Ike was one violent, rampaging tropical storm. I saw numerous photos in the newspaper showing the horrible devastation in both Houston and Galveston. I am sure that Beaumont and Port Arthur also suffered heavy storm damage as well. Hopefully the recovery and rebuilding will not be a long, dragged out process and that everyone will be able to return to a normal, daily life as soon as possible. The good thing is that you guys escaped this wicked hurricane unharmed and you can return back home. Now the storm damage repair process will begin for you at your house.
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    Sep 19, 2008 10:32 PM GMT
    BigSETXjock saidI didn't bring nearly enough clothes for a three week visit and I'm sure our friends will be more than ready for us to go by then.

    Stay at my place, then. I have no problem with your nudity.
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    Sep 19, 2008 10:56 PM GMT
    i doubt anyone would have any problem with your nudity. How much clothing do you need? Hell for a year I had three changes of clothes, two t-shirts, and five pairs of socks. Of course I was in a combat zone, but hey, whatever.

    Well Bubba, you and your boy coulda come to FT Knox and stayed with me. Free gym and boarding.
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    Sep 19, 2008 11:34 PM GMT
    I hope you brought your toys so you can stay in shape icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

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    Sep 19, 2008 11:40 PM GMT
    sorry to hear about the damage
  • Tigerstud

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    Sep 19, 2008 11:48 PM GMT
    Hey Big Stud....Got a extra room, just need to find a bed for you and your other half...Minor Detail...LOL
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    Sep 20, 2008 12:13 AM GMT
    I'm glad to hear that you are both ok!
  • fitdude62

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    Sep 20, 2008 12:46 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Let us know if we can do anything.

    Big HUGZ,
    David
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    Sep 20, 2008 1:56 AM GMT
    We are finally back home, but there is still no power, no drinkable water, and no cable or internet. We did bring a generator with us back from Dallas along with plenty of bottled water, food and a barbecue. The generator is just enough to power the fridge and a rice cooker. Needless to say, we will be eating lots of barbecued chicken and rice ahead.

    My station has power, so we are back on the air. I anchored 10pm Thursday and 5, 6 and then 10pm still ahead tonight. With most of staff still evacuated, it is mostly me with our sports guy and our news director doing reports plus lots of video from our photographers. With most of the area dark, I'm not sure anyone is even watching.

    Lots of people are hitting our website... 30,000 new hits in the last five days. To make it easier to load on PDAs and slower internet connections, we have stripped it down to bare bones, but there is still some good video there.

    I've covered lots of hurricanes before, but this is the first time I've ever had to live in the aftermath of one. It is a very different story when you're done at the end of the day and you're going back to live in the conditions you're reporting on.

    One upside... the darkness at home, accented by candles, has created a very good atmosphere for late night fun ;)