view of our back yard
our pile of branches
As I was getting to one of the the main roads in Lynchburg (Wards) to head to the church building, I was surprised to find it extremely packed! There was a line for the McDonald's drive- thru almost two blocks long. Kroger's parking lot was jammed full and there was five car lines at each of the gas pumps at each of the gas stations on the road! All the restaurants were just as full. What in the world was going on, I thought. It was just a little wind storm, not the end of the world. After cleaning the church I started calling around and news soon spread that at least 90% percent of the city was with out power. We were one of the lucky 10% with power and Wards road was the only commercial street with power. And people were after breakfast, and ice for their freezers, and gas to leave town, and generators to turn their ACs on. It was a HOT day to be with out power. The temperature was above 100 degrees plus humidity. As the time ticked on the city ran out of ice and generators. The power company said that power would be restored in a week. We invited friends over that needed a place to stay, a place to cool down, a place to plug in their deep freezers, a place to charge their phones and laptops, or a place to do laundry. A friend dubbed us as the Wight Hotel. The kids had a blast having friends over on into the night. They thought this was the best week ever. I know the rest of the Lynchburg won't have agreed.We had one family with a new born that stayed with us all week. They were one of the last to get their power back. They were great with the kids, we loved having them. A few nights they told the kids bed stories and they taught RJ about the Periodic Table. RJ was so sad when they're power returned. But I am sure they were excited to get home.
We felt very blessed. It is funny how things work. We had been camping and since it was the end of then month our fridge was about empty. I had plans to shop on Saturday. But with the traffic jams and packed stores I decided to wait till Monday. However all our friends needed fridge and freezer storage. We were able to offer that as well as a place to stay. Some dumped their food on us and then left for the week. I ended up not shopping for another week. And then the following week we still didn't have to buy too much. It was an extra blessing on our budget.
Here are some pictures from around our neighborhood and the neighborhood next to ours.
compare this branch pile with our branch pile. This pile was by a house just one street over from ours.
This house in on our street, they were without power for at least two weeks. A big tree had ripped the power line directly into their house, out.
This house is at the bottom of our street. This big tree luckly fell towards the street and not their house but others weren't as lucky.
The city put stop signs up all over the place where power lights were out. People in VA don't know how to drive! They have never learned to merge onto the highways and this week we learned that they don't know that a down light means a four way STOP!
This house is not too far away from us. It was completely destroyed. So sad.
This is the road I take just about every week to the library and other areas. This massive tree stayed int he road for almost an entire week before the city was able to clean it up. I was surprised that it didn't hit the house across from it, some how it feel just slightly to the side.
Three weeks later there are still piles of branched in the yards, but overall most has been cleaned up and power has been restored. It was an adventure I don't want to relive. This was just a wind storm I can't imagine going through a tornado or hurricane.