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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:18 AM

I'm connected to the outside world again!

Irma kicked our asses here. My place minor flooding still no power as of this morning, they just got our road cleared yesterday for safe travel out of our community.

The owner of the company my brother works for has power and he's out of town & he told us to stay at his place (luckily my brother is very important to him).

Internet just came back up this morning. The bad news is sheet flow finally hit us this morning. 1st floor flooding but it's only garages & storage on the first floor, the living quarters are on the 2nd & third floors.

Hopefully we have enough groceries till we can get out of here.

They are telling us it will be at least another two weeks before we get power and my cell phone service is non existent.

Before the hurricane I was in phone contact with another DUER here in S.W. Florida her name is Maraya1969. I am worried about her. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Reply I'm connected to the outside world again! (Original post)
William769 Sep 2017 OP
samnsara Sep 2017 #1
William769 Sep 2017 #2
RKP5637 Sep 2017 #3
William769 Sep 2017 #5
yallerdawg Sep 2017 #4
William769 Sep 2017 #6
hlthe2b Sep 2017 #7
William769 Sep 2017 #13
malaise Sep 2017 #8
Gothmog Sep 2017 #9
William769 Sep 2017 #16
Gothmog Sep 2017 #22
William769 Sep 2017 #25
spanone Sep 2017 #10
William769 Sep 2017 #17
spanone Sep 2017 #21
ismnotwasm Sep 2017 #11
William769 Sep 2017 #18
ananda Sep 2017 #12
William769 Sep 2017 #19
eleny Sep 2017 #14
William769 Sep 2017 #20
sheshe2 Sep 2017 #15
William769 Sep 2017 #23
sheshe2 Sep 2017 #27
DonCoquixote Sep 2017 #30
William769 Sep 2017 #35
DonCoquixote Sep 2017 #47
brer cat Sep 2017 #24
William769 Sep 2017 #26
mountain grammy Sep 2017 #28
William769 Sep 2017 #36
calimary Sep 2017 #29
William769 Sep 2017 #37
greatauntoftriplets Sep 2017 #31
William769 Sep 2017 #38
greatauntoftriplets Sep 2017 #42
William769 Sep 2017 #44
greatauntoftriplets Sep 2017 #46
Starry Messenger Sep 2017 #32
NurseJackie Sep 2017 #33
NastyRiffraff Sep 2017 #34
William769 Sep 2017 #39
mnhtnbb Sep 2017 #40
William769 Sep 2017 #41
mnhtnbb Sep 2017 #43
William769 Sep 2017 #45
Pacifist Patriot Sep 2017 #48
Weekend Warrior Sep 2017 #49
mcar Sep 2017 #50
Gothmog Sep 2017 #51
ornotna Sep 2017 #52

Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:25 AM

1. stay safe and check in often!...

...when we were threatened by a flood and possible loss of power for days we cooked all the frozen raw stuff in the freezer. you can eat a cold roast better than a cold raw one.

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:32 AM

2. Good tip. Thanks.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:35 AM

3. Good luck and be careful! Irma certainly was an uninvited guest!

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:45 AM

5. More like a armed intruder!

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:43 AM

4. Stay safe!

No stories about another Florida Man, OK?

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:46 AM

6. I have missed your postings!



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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:49 AM

7. Did you see this update on her Mom (hospitalized afte heat-related fall while "cueing" for shelter?

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:10 PM

13. No. Thank you very much!

I have her phone number but I still don't have cell service.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:49 AM

8. PHEW!

You made it - stay safe

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:58 AM

9. Irma did a ton of damage and I am sorry for your loss

It sounds like you did not suffer that significant of damage. I have three partners and one associate at my firm who are having to deal with between two inches to three feet of water. The sad thing is that the same amount of repairs are needed for two inches of water compared to three feet.

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:12 PM

16. The only damage to our condo is it caused a crack in our foundation.

Not sure what it's going to take to fix that.

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Response to William769 (Reply #16)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:16 PM

22. Did any drywall get wet?

If not, you are lucky. Even an inch or two means that you have to tear out about four feet of drywall on the entire floor to stop mold

Crack in foundation may not be that serious if the building is still level

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #22)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:21 PM

25. Yes she is.

The room where it's at also the carpet got soaked from where the water came. It's hard for me to explain how it looks.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 11:58 AM

10. Welcome Back!!!!!

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Response to spanone (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:12 PM

17. Thank you.

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Response to William769 (Reply #17)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:14 PM

21. 👍🏼😎

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:01 PM

11. Oh wow

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:13 PM

18. ...

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:02 PM

12. Best of luck and stay safe!

Bless you.

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Response to ananda (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:13 PM

19. Thank you.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:10 PM

14. It's so good to learn that you're safe & sound

Take care and keep up your good spirits!

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Response to eleny (Reply #14)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:13 PM

20. Thanks.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:11 PM

15. I am so glad you are safe.

I was worried about you.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #15)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:19 PM

23. I don't scare easily.

When the center of the storm hit us, I lost it! Ended up in the bathtub with my pet and a mattress on top of us.

Going through the eye was eerily strange. Right before the eye I thought the building was going to come down on us, then all at once dead quiet & no wind & rain. After the eye passed, we had very strong winds again but no rain.

This damn hurricane went on all day long and into the night.

I always worry about you too. You have been such a great friend.

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Response to William769 (Reply #23)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 01:08 PM

27. I have never been through a storm like that.

Nor would I want to.

~and thank you my friend

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Response to William769 (Reply #23)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 02:24 PM

30. Irma just draggggged

I do not know where you were, but Tampa, while it thankfully escaped the fates of places like Jacksonville or Naples. was all day terror, as we were supposed to get the worst of it. Even it it went westward, it was goign to glide right over my area of the county, where there were plenty of grand old oak trees ready to fall and cut the house like a wedding cake.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #30)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:28 PM

35. I am on Bonita Beach, which borders North Naples.

Glad you all escaped the horror show.

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Response to William769 (Reply #35)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:34 PM

47. eeek

my sincere condolences...!

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:21 PM

24. We've been worried about you.

So glad to see you are safe.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #24)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:23 PM

26. I have missed all my friends here.

Especially people like you.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 01:30 PM

28. Glad you're safe.. hearing from relatives

in Naples and Nokomis. They're ok.. was especially worried about my sister in law.. in her 70's with many health issues. She's doing ok with her daughters.. Nephew works for power company.. working nonstop.

As a side note. we visited neice and nephew 5 years ago in Nokomis.. They had just bought their property with an old cabin on it, that they lived in while building their house. they are right on the waterway. Nephew was telling me about how they would build a small home because regulations required a 15 ft elevation and many other tight building codes that added costs. He wasn't complaining, said it all made sense if they got hit, and they got hit. .. no flooding. Only property damage was loss of a large oak tree. A lot to be said for those regulations.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #28)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:28 PM

36. I hope all is well with your family.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 01:38 PM

29. A great relief to hear from you, Will!

Glad you're safe, at least. Mighty glad you checked in!

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Response to calimary (Reply #29)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:29 PM

37. Thank you.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 03:55 PM

31. Good to hear from you!

I figured it was lack of power and cell service, but still was concerned.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #31)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:32 PM

38. Thats sweet of you.

I knew with my last post before the hurricane, I needed to get online as soon as possible to let my DU friends know what was going on.

As of this writing the shell flow has now consumed the first floor garages. The only way we are leaving this house now (at least for awhile) is in a boat.

Will keep you posted.

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Response to William769 (Reply #38)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:57 PM

42. I imagine that your car was in the garage?

At least you have a roof over your head. Terrible storm. I've watched a lot of the coverage. Just unbelievable.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #42)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:06 PM

44. My car is only two years old and yes it is in the garage.

I have full coverage on my vehicle, I wonder if it includes flood insurance? I know it's different for homes but I don't know about vehicles.

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Response to William769 (Reply #44)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:13 PM

46. It should be covered under comprehensive.

Mine was seven years ago when a heavy rain flooded my building's lower level garage. Believe it or not, the car started when they came to haul it away. It made funny noises and sounded like it was in its death throes. The water line inside showed that the water had come up to just below the side windows.

Sorry about that.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 04:01 PM

32. ((hugs)) and good wishes!

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 04:12 PM

33. Hurrah!

Glad to hear it! Glad to know you're safe!

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 06:24 PM

34. Very glad you're safe!

Thanks for checking in. That was quite a hurricane. I guess it could have been worse, but that's small comfort to those who lost homes.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #34)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:36 PM

39. People who lost homes either from the hurricane itself

Or the flooding afterwards.

Due to sheet flow, the flooding is still happening and in Lee & Collier counties, there are still about 300,000 people without power (in S.W. Florida! ) The heat!

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:37 PM

40. This thread was posted by Maraya1969 on Monday

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #40)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:45 PM

41. Thank you.

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Response to William769 (Reply #41)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:57 PM

43. It's worrisome she hasn't posted about her mom since Monday.

At least you have a place to stay! Sorry to hear about your house.

What a nightmare.

Hang in there.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #43)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:08 PM

45. Once baghain thank you.

As soon as I get cell service, I will try to contact her.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Sat Sep 16, 2017, 08:56 AM

48. Oh my word!

I am still without power and cable and not projected to get it until Tuesday. Soon by comparison. Yikes!

But we only got wind damage and were spared the flood damage some of my friends and colleagues got. Can also move about in a community restocked with supplies quickly. I consider myself very fortunate.

I think I should probably quit my bitching about a 90 degree house.

Stay safe!!!! I hope relief comes soon.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Sat Sep 16, 2017, 09:07 AM

49. Stay safe.

 

No power at my place but I do expect it to be restored today. Over half a million originally down in my County and as of this morning at six am they were down to twenty-six thousand without.

As of yesterday almost all of our traffic lights had been restored. Roads, for the most part, have been clear since Wednesday.

We had no real tidal surge, which was our big concern, and/so flooding was non-existent.

Just last night I found a hotel room. My wife and child headed to family a little bit north of us. I stayed to keep the business going. I missed her and my son and wanted to get us back together.

I'm thinking you are just south of Ft. Meyers? Somewhere around Marco?

Sorry about how slow the transition back to normalcy is going for you and your area. From what I felt here I can't imagine what it was like just south of us. We really got lucky in Pinellas.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Sat Sep 16, 2017, 09:36 AM

50. So glad to hear from you, Bill

You guys took a hard hit. People don't realize this thing isn't over by a long shot. Flooding has just started in some areas.

We got power back Wednesday night in Inverness.

Stay safe.

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Sat Sep 16, 2017, 09:57 PM

51. My sister in Fort Meyers has power and ac

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Response to William769 (Original post)

Sat Sep 16, 2017, 11:17 PM

52. Welcome back Bill

We got power and water back on Thursday and internet/tv this afternoon. Feels good to be semi civilized again.

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