Friday, October 17, 2008
On September 13, Hurricane Ike made landfall in Galveston, Texas as a Category 2 hurricane after wreaking havoc in Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands and Cuba. We watched CNN coverage of the hurricane while in Lagos and worried about my friends and family that chose to stay in their homes, as we would have done. The effect of Hurricane Ike in Texas was huge. It also impacted our home (currently rented). Below are some photos of the sweet gum tree that fell on the house and the garage (and our tenant's car) which was hit by a very large pine, a small pine, and a cypress tree. On a half-mile section of our street 35 trees (mostly pines) fell and thankfully no one was hurt (most rode out the storm in their homes). I heard that just after the hurricane the street was lined with piles of tree trunks and branches, making the street more like a tunnel. I traveled back to Houston the week of October 13th to meet with the insurance adjuster and contractors. So far we are happy with how our insurance company has dealt with the problem.