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.