Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ike's Wrath

We're fortunate that our home was not damaged during the remnants of hurricane Ike that we received here in central Arkansas, but our evening was cut short by the threat of severe weather moving our way. We'd taken the kids to the County Fair. They both got to ride all of the rides of their choosing since it was arm band day. We were waiting for the rodeo and demolition derby to begin and dark, ominous clouds began to form over the fairgrounds. I sat idly by as people all around me were receiving phone calls from others with tornado spottings. My in-laws were keeping baby Emily and I had been checking in with them. Finally the emergency sirens in town began to sound so we made an early departure before the festivities began. The all clear was given before we'd even reached our home, but by this time I was shaken and did not want to go back. The kids were tired and we all decided just to continue our journey home to be with Emily should something occur later.

As we headed for bed, the winds had really began to pick up but there were no more tornado warnings, thankfully. As I made Emily's bottles throughout the course of the night, I would check out the windows and some of the trees were leaning pretty heavily from the strong winds. As we got out to survey the damage this morning, there were lots of leaves, and a few branches in the front yard. Out back, my patio furniture was strewn about and the umbrella was across the yard. But, the biggest shock of all was this:

Unfortunately this fell on the neighbor's outside storage sheds, fence, and dog kennel. They did not use the dog kennels, so there were no animals harmed. The storage building has some minor damage which my husband has made arrangements to fix. They are out there now cutting the tree into pieces. I am just glad that the thing fell the way it did and not any other way. It could have fallen on power lines or my husband's shop. Thankfully no one was hurt and we get along with our neighbors so we can work it all out and not spend our futures trading insurance information and police reports.

This is the scene at 5:00pm after the tree was cut into pieces:
This was where the tree once stood and now it is a mess:
The future plans for this spot are to put gravel there and have a place to park our camper and boat. We'd been wanting to do that all along, but that tree was just in the way. 

12 comments, add yours here:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh my gosh, thank goodness y'all are okay! wha about the swing???

smiles, bee
xxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Crazy Working Mom said...

Thanks for asking, Bee.
The swing sits on the front porch, so thank goodness it's fine! :)

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I'm so glad no one was hurt. It's easy to fix things, but getting hurt or worse is not good. Have a great day sweetie. Big hug and lotsa lovies. :)

Sarge Charlie said...

there is no way to explain how these storms work. I have seen houses flattened by andrew and a house across the street undamaged.

Travis said...

Wow. I'm glad no one was injured.

Sassy Mama Bear said...

Glad everyone is okay & that the neighbors are being cool.

Sandra Carvalho said...

OMG!Thanks God everyone is ok!
Just some collateral damage...
xoxo

Doll Clothes Gal said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your tree - they are so precious and I'm sure (once you've cleaned up) it will be missed.

storyteller said...

Wow ... that's scary! I'm glad no one was injured but feel sad for the loss of your tree!
Hugs and blessings,

Desert Songbird said...

I'm so glad you didn't suffer any serious damage, but more importantly, I'm thankful no one was hurt!

Beka said...

WOW That is crazy! I hope that everything worked out and that you were not affected any more than that!

JohnH985 said...

Glad no one was hurt. Ike was crazy, it did more damage around here than Gustav and it came aground a lot farther away.