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Thursday, February 24, 2011

what a mess!

We'd not been able to get hold of my brother and his wife or Thomas' parents so went out in the car this morning.  No photo's as I left the camera at home; but what a mess!   Most roads have at least some damage, either surface liquefaction, or the humps from where it didn't break through.  There are stretches with no damage, but they're fairly short.
Luckily everyone we were visiting was fine, their phones came back on while we were on the road which was good.   My brother and his wife have no power or running water, but luckily have plenty of drinking water.  My In-Laws do have water and power, so they're lucky in that respect, though FIL is mourning the loss of both his TV's, and one computer that's disappeared under a pile of stuff in his computer room.
Thomas and his sister went on to help out a friend who has liquefaction on his property, they're biking back, which may well be quicker than the car trip home was.   Brougham St was down to one lane while heavy machinery was cleaning up the worst of the silt, so it was barely moving for several blocks.   We got caught in that, and our own street was backed up a long way too; luckily some kind person waved us through into our drive.   Most drivers are being careful and courteous which is great; I think I got over 40km/h a couple of times, but was mostly keeping to 40 or below.  Some were going along at about 60km/h which I personally think was a bit stupid.   I went with careful and getting home in one piece with the boys.


Wanderingcatstudio said... Best Blogger Tips

So glad everyone is okay!

KathyR said... Best Blogger Tips

Very pleased to hear that you and your family are safe and that you don't have too much to clean up. Let me know if you guys need a break from everything for a while.

Rachelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the offer Kathy. We're going to stay put though, Thomas is working from home now and I'll probably be helping with the cleanup at work next week. He can watch the boys while he works. Don't know when school will be back but we want to be here when that happens anyway.

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