September 14, 2008
We are all working hard at cleaning up the mess left behind. Still no power in our section of Grand Lakes. I have reports that parts of Mason Road communities, Nottingham, Kelliwood and other areas of Katy are still waiting to be reconnected. At least the weatherman has predicted low temps tonight in the 60’s as it is hard to get to sleep at night in the 80’s.
I had hopes we would be back on today but am every hopeful for tomorrow. School is called off for tomorrow for KISD so the kids get another “snow day”. Funny, the schools are closed but my kids have just left to go to Cinemark for a movie. Yes, that is roughing it. It does feel good to see some aspects of life getting back to normal.
I will recharge my batteries this evening next door (neighbor has a wonderful generator that they use to power a fan, tv and a blender. Gotta love Texans and their priorities:).
I would love to hear from different areas of Katy and West Houston to see how you have fared. This blog has received thousands of hits from all over the world with concerned family and friends wanting to know how their loved ones are doing. As I can only attest to my specific area, any information you can add will be very much appreciated.
Take care and more updates will be added after a much needed battery recharge.
September 14, 2008
I am sorry I was unable to update as I was out of power and my laptop was dead. My neighbor with a generator was kind enough to let me recharge last night.
We did take a drive through Katy yesterday and in my excitement, I neglected to bring my camera so no photos to bring you yet. However, it is pretty calm here. As you drive the major thoroughfares, you will see a lot of downed trees (mostly crepe myrtles and oleanders) and broken limbs on the larger oaks in our area. Fences have suffered, too. Rooftops look pretty good but there are shingles on the ground so some will have to deal with that issue. My friend who lives in Canyon Gate off of Mason has major roof and water damage as well as losing a lot of her fence and a tree. I gave her four roofing companies to call and they only one she could reach already had 16 clients ahead of her. I would assume that the wind sheers were stronger there than in Grand Lakes as we only lost a few shingles, one small tree and my gutter fell off the house.
Power is being restored to the area on a confusing rotation but we in the northeast quadrant of Grand Lakes are still sweating it out. Street lights are hanging on their sides and blinking but traffic seems to be moving. Last night Azzerelli’s Italian restaurant was open for business on Westheimer Parkway and Peek so if you are without power and tired of eating food out of a can, you may wish to go there. Grocery stores were open yesterday but had no ice. I hope that changes if we do not get power today. Katy ISD has released the word that there is no school tomorrow. If I find out anything further, I will post it here.
All in all, yes, Katy was very lucky. Our location on the calm side of the eye at landfall was a blessing. I am so sad to see the devastation of Galveston. If you never visited this charming seaside city before the storm, you just could not appreciate what we have lost.
As a Realtor, I feel terrible for my Galveston compatriots who are effectively out of business at this time, as are all other business owners in the area – especially those tied directly to tourism.
My land-line is working (cell is dead) but if anyone needs help locating a loved one in my area, just let me know and I will follow up on it and not publish the number on the post. Take care and I am signing off for a while to conserve precious battery life. It is funny how the little things become so important during times like these.