Hurricane memories 1961

Real Estate Agent with Janisch & Co. 0396361

With all eyes on the Storm Issac, my memories of another storm have surfaced.  


As I young child/teen we were visited by Hurricane Carla.    I believe it was in 1961.  School was out for days as the storm sat out in the Gulf and gained in intensity.


Once ashore, she caused a lot of damage in the area of southeast Houston where we lived.  It was located  close to the ship channel and was generally low land.


She was responsible for street flooding, wind damage and all the usual delights brought by hurricanes.


She uprooted a large oak tree which fell  over the neighbors fence, hit the roof over my bedroom and pulled the breaker box off the back of the house.


We were without electricity and phones for over two weeks.  Having the breaker panel replaced was the longest delay.  That was due to the need to have the tree removed and the live wires in the back yard fixed.  There were a lot less electricians available in those days.


Life went on as usual with work and school after the storm.  Coming home to camping quarters was strange.  We were a lot more comfortable than many because we had a gas stove and refrigerator!  


Getting the cooperation of the tree owner and the electric company was difficult.  That was a big part of the problem.


The entire ordeal was much tougher on my parents than on me.  It was just a grand adventure as far as I could tell.  That was way before I had any knowledge of the basic difference attitudes make in any situation.  


Although it took weeks for things to normalize after that hurricane,  the good news is that it did return to normal.  Repairs were made and we learned a lot of valuable lessons.


I always have kept a three week supply of groceries in my pantry due to that experience.  Candles and batteries plus a small kerosene lantern were added to the things I considered necessities. 


The most valuable lesson of all was to be sure to check flood plains on anything I sell.  No one wants to have to deal with floating valuables.  My theory is that if a property has flooded once it may flood again.


It was no surprise to me that in a short time, we moved to a higher area.  It is probably not a coincidence that every time I have moved since that storm it was to still higher ground.  It is a practice I highly recommend.


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Ralph and Jeanne Janisch


305B CR 234

Durango, CO 81301

P: (970) 759-1007

P: (970) 759-0027




Durango, Mancos, Cortez, Dolores, Bayfield, Ignacio, Vallecito


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Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

I am so fortunate that I have never lived where hurricanes are a threat.  Phew, what an experience that would be!

Aug 28, 2012 12:19 PM #1
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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I don't remember Carla, probably because it din't affect us in the Northeast. I pray that all in the path of Issac are safe.

Aug 28, 2012 07:48 PM #2
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Jeanne & Ralph, great information, we learn from experience. thanks for sharing.

Aug 29, 2012 11:08 AM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeanne & Ralph, I guess the Boy Scouts Motto: Always be prepared applies to your actions!

Aug 29, 2012 12:01 PM #4
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Very good idea to check the flood plains on properties you sell. Sometimes bad experiences prepare us for future dealings. Good preparation tips, too!

Aug 31, 2012 12:00 AM #5
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