It’s Sunday morning as I write this post. Irene has finally hit Connecticut and the post I intended to write will have to wait for another day. But for those of you who are wondering Agent Scott Eagan will be guest blogging soon. So check back with us frequently!
After reading Katy’s Lee’s post I was inspired to write this one.Everybody has a storm story, something memorable that happened to them during one of Mother Nature’s wonders. I don’t really have one today because Irene didn’t live up to all the hype for me. I never get panicky about things and I thought Irene was going to be nothing more than a bad storm, but after watching the news and getting phone calls from my town and being told that the entrance ramps to I84 was going to be closed I got worried. So I did all the things that one would do to prepare for a hurricane and I waited. I’m not sure what I expected, but images of the movie Twister kept floating around in my head and I worked myself into thinking that a cow would fly past my window but none of that happened. It did rain really hard and yes the wind was wild and some trees fell and some people lost power and some basements got flooded. But that was it and in the big scheme of things was it all really that bad? Watching the news sort of may me feel like the East Coast was going to be swallowed up. I never thought I would live to see parts of New York City evacuate or the trains stop running. I expected true carnage because of it even though internally I knew that I lived in inland Connecticut. Historically, we never get it that bad here. Last night when I was signing on to my computer I saw a hurricane relief fund established even before the storm hit us. And I thought, really? Will it really be that bad?
Does anybody remember that Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and a few other states five years ago today? I remember when it hit. I was in college and was riveted to the television as I learned how truly destructive nature can be. Five years later and New Orleans has still not rebuilt. There are still people displaced, businesses that have never come back. Whole neighborhoods were destroyed and people waited on rooftops to be rescued and if they survived they were rewarded with FEMA trailers. I still can’t get over how the government let those people down. The good thing about this storm was seeing that now the government won’t let that happen again.
I guess the point of all of this is to take time to think about others. Yes, it is mighty annoying to have a tree crash through your garage or be without power for multiple days but think back to those people who were hit five years ago. Don’t your problems just seem like and inconveniences now?
Now it’s time for storm stories! I once drove from Queens to Connecticut on all back roads when an Ice Storm shut down I84 684 and the Thruway.. What about you? How did you fare this storm? Or any other? Have a great storm story?