Wednesday, September 17, 2008


This photo slide show and this one also from The New York Times boggle the mind. I simply can't imagine what this type of devastation is like.

Photo: Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press

Some people here are complaining about their flooded basements after the remnants of Ike blew through Detroit. It just doesn't compare. I thought the photo of the boats piled up at the marina looked surreal, like an enraged child had dumped his toy chest in a fit of temper. Ike was very, very bad. Even the dead weren't spared this storm's wrath. I imagine just the clean up will take months-let alone rebuilding.

It's easy for me to say since it's not my home or business, but I don't think I could rebuild in  this area so close to shore. I heard Texas law claims so much shore footage as belonging to the state-something like 200 feet. The Gulf of Mexico took a lot of shoreline back on Saturday. People lost more than their homes that day, they lost their land too. I don't envy these folks the task of trying to put their lives back to where they were.


laurie said...

people are stubborn. they'll want to rebuild where they were.

i keep wondering what i would do, what i would feel.

Rukien White said...

What an incredible photo.

Brenda said...

This is all very overwhelming! Really makes you stop and think. I had not seen these pictures before Rudee. There is so much to watch and hear about going on right now.

Rudee said...

I don't think I'd have the heart to build again in those places Laurie, but I don't know. I know that if certain areas speak to person and that's where they really want to live, they will find a way.

Brenda, I liked all those pics-they offered amazing points of view.

Ruklen, I agree. I'd hate to have to clean up that particular mess.

Rositta said...

I've been following the damage from over here, it's pretty devastating. As laurie said though, people always seem to want to live close to water and they will probably rebuild...ciao
ps, I'm still alive, another one of those autobahn trips coming up Sunday morning.

Rudee said...

I hope you're wearing your seatbelt Rositta!