Well, my friends…
This has been quite a week. I didn't get Monday Musings written last week as we were in full-on Hurricane prep mode.
And this Monday, I am doing my musings in a hotel room in Charlotte, 200 miles from our water-logged and hurricane-ravaged hometown of Wilmington. We took my parents, their dog and our pets and rode out the hurricane in comfort while our friends who stayed behind dealt with hurricane force winds, two feet of rain, tornadoes, fallen trees, collapsed roads and power outages.
The sewage treatment plant failed during the hurricane, releasing raw sewage into the river which is now overflowing its banks. And as if all that wasn't enough, Wilmington is now fairly cut off from the rest of the world.
One of the attractions of our small town is that it is bordered on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and on another side by the Cape Fear River. So, under the best of circumstances, there are only 2 ways in and out of the city. Sadly, as a result of all the rain and flooding, many of those roads are underwater or have washed away. Essentially, Wilmington is now an island without reliable bridges.
We have been told, in no uncertain terms…'you cannot come back home now.'
This is a video of the interstate ramp in Wilmington:
Yes. That’s an I-40 sign. The I-40 onramp at Gordon Rd is completely flooded in Wilmington. #Florence. Brian Christiansen, Fox 46 Charlotte.
Posted by Brian Christiansen on Sunday, September 16, 2018
As much as we want to get back home and begin the cleanup process, not only do we not want to put our lives at risk, but we realize that if we were to get stranded, we would need the help of our already stretched-thin rescue personnel.
And as I mention those already stretched-thin rescue personnel…they are heroes, each and every one of them. Most of them left their homes and families to go out in the storm and its aftermath to help complete strangers. Buses, trucks, boats, helicopters are trying to make their way to Wilmington to assist in the recovery efforts. Right now we are a nation seemingly filled with angst, but at times like this, no one cares what your political leanings are…it's all goodness.
And one more bright spot…while social media does get a huge (and often deserved) bad rap, Facebook pages are springing up in which Wilmingtonians tell each other where they can get gas and food, which roads might be open, where they can find batteries, etc… The community is strong. In fact, we just joined the Facebook group “ Evacuated due to hurricane Florence trying to get home to Wilmington.”😵😂😜🤣
Oh, and one more ray of sunshine…one of our local restauranteurs, Keith Rhodes, is organizing local food trucks to serve food to the hungry and displaced of our community. Good People doing good things
And so while I sit here, trying to keep up with and support my fellow Wilmingtonians back home, I have plenty of time to spend on the internet (which is both good and bad). So, let's get on to our musings:
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