30 minutes after I posted yesterday, we lost power again. Fortunately, power was restored after 8 hours; many others in our valley are still not lucky. First days of school have been cancelled and many businesses are still closed. We've been asked to conserve water and although the city says it's drinkable, we are drinking bottled water.
I feel blessed that we did not sustain any real damage. Although our streets are lined with debris and tree branches, people are out cleaning up and arranging the branches for the street department to get them:
We are so blessed that no one was seriously hurt in our family or neighborhood. My stepson Nik did have major flooding because his sump pump didn't work when the power went out. Still, his family is fine and the insurance company will take care of the house. Some folks weren't so lucky. This poor family in our neighborhood had not one but two trees fall on their house:
No one seems to have been hurt but who knows what kind of structural damage the house took? Today I am counting my blessings and grateful that we were spared.