Sunday, August 28, 2011
Then there is the solitude of family or co-habitants. Communication with those outside a very small radius from you just.......ends. One loses power. Another one contemplates the rising floodwater. Another one prepares to deal with a house, car, or boat that has been walloped by a falling tree. Unlike an actual conflict, hurricanes in North America rarely mean that those out-of-touch are in mortal danger. But in our hyper-social network culture, to be unreachable is nearly unheard of in 2011. So, we each wait.
At 175 feet above sea level, over 30 feet above our creek, and within walkable distance of a half dozen restaurants, we are not at grave risk of anything that homeowners insurance cannot repair. My brothers have not fared as well but I have every expectation that they made it through saturday night in one piece. The worst flooding they will both experience should subside by sunday night, and hopefully power will be restored soon after. Good luck, boys!