Hello everybody, I am finally back in the land of the living! So much devastation here in so many ways! Of course the power went out for a week...it came back on in the surrounding neighborhood but those of us that had individual transformers blow had to wait up to 3 extra days...and of course, that was us. Power back was great but then the phone company had to throw down wire in ditchbanks where all those ugly pedestals were under water. Our landline connections didn't all get fixed until a few days ago...that wiped out the internet in most of the county. First time that's happened that I can remember. A huge wake up call for the phone company, they haven't had good record keeping for years so they had mucho trouble figuring out why the red square peg didn't fit in the round blue hole. My ex, who worked for Sprint/Centurylink years ago, said this would happen....and it really fucked up everything.
And the bad part about it is...our area in the northern part of the county isn't as bad as the southern part or the two counties over that really got nailed. If you look up Lumberton NC...that's what many peeps around here had to deal with.
A good friend of mine from up the road where I95 got washed out had the worst height of the storm experience one could have. He wasn't aware of the instant flooding and was trying to get home about two hours before the worst of the storm hit. When he had to turn around to avoid flooded roads, he became trapped between two creeks that turned into rivers. A normal 35 minute drive home from raleigh to Dunn nc became a 2.5 hour ordeal in the semi darkness. He finally had to get out of his car in the driving rain and walk thru a flooded area to see how deep it was before he decided to drive thru it. He made it but his car lost traction once and he seriously thought he was a goner. His phone was dead from using GPS so no one knew where he was. If that had happened to me, I'd still be freaking out. This is how all flooded road victims die.
It's been a massive effort by everyone in the county to get there friends and family looked after. The stores in the hard hit areas ran out of everything....even jars of relish and black olives. Some had damage to the computer systems and are still closed....there was no food in many places for days. We are collecting clothes, shoes, blankets, and basics still....now that it's turned off cool, peeps are suffering. Nothing they have can be saved and worn because of the bacteria in the flood waters.
Today is the first day I felt like I could take time and post. I should be on my way to a clothes drive. so everyone out there that can, give blood or a donation to Red Cross for hurricane Matthew. If you are broke or don't give....just keep the hardest hit in your thoughts.
Don't worry about me...II am just fine. Take care of each other here!!!