Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Shaking It Up
We've had a few days of extreme upheaval around here, and I mean that literally.
Monday night, the weather warnings were severe and the worst of it was bearing right down on my locality. Mr. Kathie, Lucy, and I thought it prudent to head for the basement. We followed all the proceedings on TV, sweating bullets about the brand new roof that had been on the house only since last week.
Once the storm sounded like it had abated somewhat, we ventured back upstairs to see what had happened.
The porch light was conveniently out of commission, but in the somewhat irregular glow of the lightning, it looked like one of our beautiful ancient oaks was gone. Could that possibly be true? Mr. Kathie didn't think so. I was sure I was seeing a very large stump where a tree should have been. He ventured down the driveway in a car, came back, and announced that not only was a big oak gone, at least four or five other trees on our property were down too.
And our mailbox was gone.
In the morning light, the sight was just amazing--trees down everywhere, parts of garage doors in the street, insulation spread through everyone's yards. Most of the parts of houses had blown in from some fair distance away. How surreal to have our beautiful and lush June marred by such a thing.
But my neighborhood was fortunate--this was only a glancing blow of an F2 tornado. Very few houses had actual structural damage. The next town over, where I work, was hit hard by the tornado. At least 25 families lost their homes. Amazingly enough, no one was killed or seriously injured. The response from emergency crews has been outstanding and other volunteers have done a fabulous job. My library is in the municipal building and still has no power. I haven't worked since Monday, and may be off the rest of this week.
Our house is unscathed, including the brand new roof. We are so very fortunate. One of my co-workers will be out of her home for a month while structural repairs are completed.
It's apparent that the big oak had been pretty fragile.
It had been struck by lightning many years ago and had dead areas in its upper reaches, but it leafed out nicely every year, and we'd hoped against hope that it would go on forever.. It was pretty heartbreaking to see such a venerable tree bite the dust.