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My cousin's apartment: complete loss, almost nothing salvageable (living with her sister)

My uncle's house: waist-high water, not much salvageable (living with his stepdaughter)

My aunt's house: knee-high water, not much salvageable (living with my parents)

My sister's house: knee-high water, not much salvageable (living with her stepdaughter)

My uncle has lost two cars, my aunt has lost two cars, my sister has lost her car. My cousin who got no water in his house but was trapped by water on the roads has lost one car. Because my little sister and her husband moved their cars onto the median at their apartment complex, their vehicles were fine, though others in the complex weren't so lucky. Some schools didn't reopen 'til this week, some won't 'til next or the week after. Some kids are being bused in from over an hour away because their entire neighborhood or city or parish went underwater. Some people in my class are living in hotels because their house is being gutted and nothing could be saved.

I just scrolled through my flood tag on tumblr, which was a mistake.

My mom asked me to go through the box my aunt had of her kids' school things from kindergarten and first grade, and I almost broke down twice doing it. (Hence that poem from very early this morning.) I think of everything I've saved since I began writing, how scattered around it is - my parents are both packrats, so there are lots of things. My big sister lost most of her pictures from when she was little, stuff that has survived hurricanes (because she's had to evacuate twice before).

And now there's storms that everyone is watching, and it keeps raining every day.


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Aug. 31st, 2016 02:17 am (UTC)
I'm sorry that it's a total loss for so many of your family. I know it's easy to say "at least they're alive and material things can be replaced", but some of those things cannot; they're priceless. Family heirlooms, baby pictures, etc. can never be replaced and that is incredibly heartbreaking.

I remember having to back for an evacuation during one of the hurricanes, and I was sitting in my room crying because I didn't know what to take. I knew I needed the important documents, but there were also so many little things I wanted to take, but I knew I couldn't. I can't imagine having to come home to everything lost.

Today was the first day (after 18 straight days) that it didn't rain. And you're right, everyone is watching those three systems to see what they're going today. I hope they dissipate quickly...no one here can take any more rain.
Sep. 1st, 2016 04:51 am (UTC)

If we could just send the rain to California - *sigh*

Since we had no idea what would happen, when everyone evacuated to MY apartment, I decided that I would grab my cat and my laptop. Maybe my box of keepsakes. But I just feel so guilty because the road I live on, this side of town, we got nothing. Just normal summer weather where it rains for a couple of days and the parking lot fills with water but it drains away.

Aug. 31st, 2016 07:57 am (UTC)
All I have is hugs. I'm so sorry.
Sep. 1st, 2016 04:52 am (UTC)

That's all I have, too, which feels like crap.
Aug. 31st, 2016 10:18 am (UTC)
Sep. 1st, 2016 04:52 am (UTC)

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