Saturday, April 08, 2006

worse than we thought

They just opened our road and the damage is much worse than we initially knew. This is the road that leads to our house. You can't tell much by this picture but these houses (and about four past them) are all destroyed. They were all two story houses and their top floors are gone. It's so sad to see these beautiful homes destroyed. We have always loved our drive home and wonder how it will ever be the same. About three houses past this, you turn on our street and we're a few houses down.



When I went out of my house after the storm, here's what I saw at the end of my street. These houses face mine, with a small creek between them and my street. If the creek was not there, they would be across the street and two or three houses over. Can you believe this? The cream colored house was a tall, colonial saltbox. Now it's less than one level...



This house is next to it and was one of the first things I saw...it was a beautiful Cape Cod style. This is really just the beginning of the destruction on our side. Behind these two houses there are several houses completely gone. I couldn't get over to those streets because they're blocked off.

Right now there are hundreds of cars at the end of my street, fire engines, police officers and bulldozers. They're saying our power will be out possibly for weeks. Let's hope not. I drove through the damage and couldn't believe how many houses it affected. It literally blew thru my area and stopped at my street. Amazing grace.

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.

6 comments:

jennifer said...

These pictures are shocking! There were so many miracles yesterday. I'm still shocked over the randomness of it all. I am praising God for all our family and friends who are safe. Seeing the awesome power of these storms makes the awesome peace of God more awesome!
Please let us know if you need anything. Come over anytime! We're having an egg hunt after church tomorrow if you would like to come.

fay said...

i talked to ann today at scrap it and she told me about your neighborhood. i know the storm had to be terrifying. i am so glad you and your family are ok. fay

Jann said...

Hey Tracie:

Oh my stars...hearing about it is shocking...seeing it is devastating. Again, I am so relieved that you and your family are ok...but it sounds like you all still have some issues to deal with (ie lack of electricity, being displaced, etc). Let me know if there is anything that I can do to help.

Love you....

kellicrowe said...

wow
just wow
i am so thankful you are ok.
kellicrowe

t.hatcher said...

Tracie, those pictures are just unbelievable. I mean, I knew the houses you meant by how you described them and when I would see them when I came to your house. BUT, seeing them actually devastated is entirely different. So powerful, so terribly awesome, so grateful that your house and family were spared. Tiff

Heather Binnie said...

Wow! Those pictures are shocking!! Tornadoes are so odd the way they hit some house and completely avoid others. How scary!!