This storm was supposed to be a breeze… or so we thought. It was not projected to hit so close to us. This is the worst Baton Rouge has ever been hit but worse than Baton Rouge was my hometown of Plaquemine, LA. That is where I grew up and where my grandmother, my sister, Andrea and her family, and my brother, Ryan still live. Plaquemine got beat up really bad. I will post those pics and videos this weekend but we’ll start with the bad but not as bad as Plaquemine pics.
This is my short video of the onset of the storm. It doesn’t seem so bad but this was hours before landfall and I wasn’t dumb enough to go outside and film while branches were flying. Okay, so Ryan wouldn’t let me go outside then but here is the onset of the storm. The howling you hear is not thunder. It is the wind.
I made the boys stay in the hallway for the most part. I cleared the walls of anything that could fall we laid out blankets and pillows for them. Several tornadoes touched down within miles of us and we could hear the wind screaming. We are so blessed that it wasn’t worse for us.
Food a la Gustav. We cooked all we had left in the freezer since we had no power to keep it cold. Ramen noodles and sandwiches became our main meal. The guys are in the back surveying the damage to the fence, trees, and power lines.
Here is a slide show of our neighborhood. When we first drove through we thought, “well this isn’t so bad.” We were so wrong. It was almost like God had his hand over our subdivision because everywhere outside of it was severely damaged. Our neighbor, the great guy who shared his generator and food with us, even commented that there must be a lot of believers in this neighborhood because God sure did spare us from what happened to the rest of South Louisiana. The God thing is, when Ryan and I were praying before the storm I envisioned our house encapsulated inside a bubble with angels standing guard all around. As Ryan prayed he spoke those very words! God was most certainly watching over us. We also prayed for our family friends, and neighbors and none of them suffered major damage.
Keep in mind that these photos are nothing compared to the other photos I have. This is our neighborhood:
More Gustav posts and photos to come.