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Friends and Family Coping with Hurricane Ike

Real Estate Agent with LS Rogers Realty

Today I Received a long awaited call from the last Family Member refusing to leave the Houston area during Hurricane Ike's devastating presence.  Surprisingly, like the rest of my Terribly Unwise Friends and Family choosing to stay, they were perfectly fine. Only mild Discomfort from the Electricity being out a few days and not trusting running water. Even then, they were given access to their fully powered office building.

The People I spoke to that refused to leave all said the same thing, "I didn't know it was going to be this bad." Talk about Adults needing a Spanking or Time-Out or Something.  I guess I can say what I would have done in that Situation, but what it comes down to is actually having to make that decision. 

Most of the People do Regret Remaining in the area.  All except a Feisty Lady in her 80's who refused to leave her home and experienced Heavy Rain and a power outage for 24 hours.   

For an estimated $20 billion worth of property damages, the People I know are extremely lucky or greatly protected.  My Heart goes out to Them and to the Ones dealing with more Severe Challenges. 


Image of Hurricane Ike on September 10, 2008, taken by the crew of the International Space Station, flying 220 miles above Earth. Ike barreled into the densely populated Texas coast near Houston early September 13, 2008, bringing with it a wall of water and ferocious winds and rain that flooded large areas along the Gulf of Mexico and paralyzed the fourth-largest U.S. city. (REUTERS/NASA/Handout)








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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Trunda, I never understand why people stay when the winds are over 100 mph. It makes no sense.

Sep 24, 2008 06:40 AM
LS Rogers Realty
LS Rogers Realty - Richardson, TX

GARY  I don't even want to begin to understand why my friends and family would choose safety over a little inconvenience. 

Sep 24, 2008 06:57 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

WOW!  That is an AMAZING picture.  Scary... but amazing.  Glad to hear that your friends and family are okay.

Sep 24, 2008 07:20 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Trunda, while this type of behavior seems hard to understand, I think if you REALLY dig deep you will find that they are really looking for an adrenaline rush:)  Some people have affairs, some people rock climb, some people drive fast cars, some people hang out in hurricanes----its all really the same thing:)

Sep 24, 2008 07:39 AM
LS Rogers Realty
LS Rogers Realty - Richardson, TX

JOHN  It was very scary for us not hearing from those out of communication. Every one is fine and have learned a lesson the hard way not to mess with mother nature.

Sep 25, 2008 01:51 PM
LS Rogers Realty
LS Rogers Realty - Richardson, TX

CHARLES  That makes more sense to me than the reasons I've been given. Especially since I've been on the adrenaline rush a time or two.

Sep 25, 2008 01:56 PM
Cherimie Crane
Cherimie Crane & Associates - Beaufort, SC


My entire family went through the wrath of Katrina. Until it effects you and your family it is so hard to comprehend. People stay for different reasons. My sister chose to stay because she had to choose between being stuck on an interstate with no gas, or hunkering down in her home.

Bottom line...sometimes it is truly hard to leave your home.

Sep 30, 2008 12:49 AM
LS Rogers Realty
LS Rogers Realty - Richardson, TX

CHERIMIE  That's a horrible thing to go through. I hope everyone was safe. In that situation, with your sister having no one to turn to, I understand. My friends and family refused to leave. They had options and an ample amount of time. It sounds as though your sister would have left if she could have.

Sep 30, 2008 01:15 PM
Lynn911.com ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals Lynn911.com - Dallas, TX

Arent NSA shots wonderful piece of art. Amazing God creation of earth.  Have a great week.

Oct 03, 2008 02:44 AM