As many of you know, Chase was handled to his championship by Sherri Hurst. Sherri and her husband David live south of Houston, a mere 25 miles from the coast. She and David received the mandatory evacuation phone call last night. They stayed up all night, and packed up their most important things. This morning they boarded up their windows then left to stay with friends in Lafayette, Louisiana. Sherri is driving the motor home, David’s in the van. They have 39 dogs (including seven or eight senior dogs), plus two rabbits, a pot-bellied pig, and a cat. By leaving this morning they avoided the traffic jams of Rita (27 hours sitting on the freeways). I hope, as they do, that when they return their home is intact.
The latest weather reports indicate that Ike is HUGE. At this point it has winds of only (only?) 100 mph, but it covers a gigantic area — as much as Katrina did. In downtown Houston, plywood is being installed over the windows of even the tallest buildings. The public has been informed that there will be no emergency services of any kind and no shelters. The evacuation of a large section of southern Houston was made mandatory at 1:30 this afternoon.
For those of us who live in protected areas, the scope of these disasters is unfathomable. For those who fight through hurricanes and tornados, tsunami and earthquakes there’s a numbness that envelopes both the mind and the body.
We can expect the cost of repairing the damage from Ike to at least equal the cost of repairing the Gustav damage (more than $10 billion). Isn’t it a shame that’s what we spend in Iraq in less than a month?