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Hurricane Ike

Discussion in 'Off Topic [DB]' started by Chris Fitzgerald, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    We had a helluva week in the 'Ville; the remnants of Ike hit us and seemingly knocked down parts of every other tree in the city. There were 400,000 people without power, and our house had no power for 7 days, which was a real eye-opener and dose of perspective. We tried to make the best of it. I read some good books with a tiny little reading light, which probably wouldn't have happened if we'd have had power.

    Anybody else have to deal with fallout from Ike?
  2. Just a week or so of heavy rain and cool weather up here in Wisconsin. I wore jeans to school in the first week of school for the first time in who knows how long.
  3. Uncletoad


    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Our power was out both at home and at the shop from Sunday through Tuesday. There are still some folks around here without it.

    I read differing reports of 500,000 to 900,000 homes were without power for most of the week.

    The neighborhoods are a mess. I've got huge pile of useless lumber and twigs in my yard. Two 40 foot pines pulled out at the root next door. Behind that the fellow had a huge tree in the front yard punch a hole in his roof and the tree in the backyard punched a hole in his Garage.

    Bad day that was.

    Not a drop of rain either.

    Very strange.

    We live where there are routine tornadoes that always seem to miss us cause I'm pretty center city urban. This is the worst blow we've had in my lifetime and nobody saw it coming.
  4. robgrow

    robgrow Supporting Member

    May 1, 2004
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    The remnants of Ike also hit the Cincinnati area in a big way. At one time, about 90% of the local electric utility's customers were without power, and some still haven't had their power restored. I played a church gig this morning where they ran the sound system, etc. with a small portable generator. Tragically, a large oak tree fell on a house across the street from me, killing the woman who lived there. It took an army of rescuers hours to move the tree to get to her. Very sad.
  5. WRBass


    Dec 10, 2006
    Houston, Tx.
    I'm still without power. I do have a generator, which helps a lot. But, no AC, hot water, stove, or clothes dryer. For Internet access, I'm tethering off my cell phone as a modem.

    My bass amp works great!:)
  6. Adam Booker

    Adam Booker Supporting Member

    May 3, 2007
    Boone, NC
    Endorsing Artist: D'Addario Strings, Remic Microphones
    It's the weirdest thing, but I'm only 2 hours from Houston and we barely got a drop of rain or a stiff wind. My heart goes out to all those affected though. I'm going to Galveston in a week or two to help a buddy clean up.
  7. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Indeed. It was the "not a drop of rain" bit that was so bizarre. Not that I'm complaining. In my brother's neighborhood, we saw a house that had been hit by a fallen tree. The tree smashed right through the roof and through the brick wall of a front bedroom. When I got to my brother's and told him about it, he said that the insurance adjusters had declared that the house - a big, solid looking brick house, mind you - was now structurally unsound and would have to be torn down and rebuilt. Ouch. :(
  8. Uncletoad


    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    That's one way to get new digs.
  9. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    My heart goes out to all of you and all others impacted. I lived 2 years in Miami and the hurricane lifestyle is very unsettling. In the back of our minds, we know there could be an earthquake up here, but the odds are smaller and we don't have to watch them coming at us on the news and wonder...

    Best recovery to all.
  10. WRBass


    Dec 10, 2006
    Houston, Tx.
    Ike was good at knocking down trees and power lines. 11 days later, still no power here. That's about $412 for generator gasoline!
  11. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    My house managed to survive. Our fence took a lot of damage and a lot of fallen limbs, but nothing serious. The University of Houston campus was a mess last Tuesday, and it is going to take the city of Houston quite some time before it's back to normal. I had to help my old bass teacher pull wet carpet and sheet rock out of his house so I feel quite lucky.

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