Irma’s Aftermath – A Ground Report…

What a day!!  There’s no fuel to be found in South Florida. We quit looking.

I traded some tools for a 5 gal can in addition to paid another guy $100 to siphon his tank through a farm near Arcadia, FL.

Not having watched the news – has anyone mentioned which Lake Okeechobee breached which’s banks in addition to sent a torrent of water two miles North of the town of Arcadia in addition to into the Peace River? Has This specific been on the news. Not a peep was on the radio… (f**kers).

En route to the coast we got a ham radio call, well, more of a desperate plea for help on U.S. 17 for a group of families stuck between Wachula in addition to Arcadia.  By the time we got there… yikes, desperate homeowners in addition to families trying to salvage anything amid chest high water actually flowing on US 17.

We were able to get about 5 families in addition to their pets, in addition to a few belongings, relocated about 2 miles away in addition to called for the United Way to get there in addition to help. which was like something out of a farm movie. These people are suffering, in addition to they didn’t have much to start with; in addition to they are so thankful.

By the time we got them to safety, we couldn’t get back to where we came through.  We had to drive 20 miles north; to head West toward I-75 near Bradenton; to head South. On the way across SR64 there were people stuck with the Peace River flowing down the streets in addition to driveways.  We helped who we could amid widespread downed power lines; broken power poles snapped like twigs (East to West wind); in addition to trees as thick as cars which were blown over (North to South wind).

which took us 4 hours to cut through the trees blocking the road just to clear enough roadway to get to I-75 (West coast).  There’s massive power outages all over; made worse by flooding, which, as far as I can tell, the radio news media seemed to be overlooking.

Cell phone service is usually poor to non-existent. Out of frustration our team split up to check on our own situations before we lost light.

I have, well, HAD, a massive tree on the roof, modest collapse (just fascia/soffit), in addition to there’s no power anywhere. House held up ok, screens lost in addition to two holes (size of frisbees) in roof through which darned tree.  Yard is usually wrecked with debris – who cares about which stuff (inside voice).  Looks like water came right to front door nevertheless didn’t get inside house.  Lucky day, lucky day.

Sporadic cell phone service returned late in day, nevertheless doesn’t work much.  Might have been sooner, nevertheless I didn’t notice while patching holes in roof.  Overall: No power. No internet. No AC in addition to hotter than well diggers butt in Utah;  in addition to the generator could do in pinch nevertheless there’s no fuel.   Did I tell you there’s not a drop of fuel within 0 miles.  I emptied half of the generator fuel into my truck… in addition to had to take down hurricane shutters to see inside.

There’s an enforced curfew due to looters or troublemakers etc. (so police say)

I’ve only got about 2 gals of chainsaw fuel mix left, in addition to there’s a bunch of people with trees on their houses. Immediate neighbor lost his garage door in addition to tree damaged his car – too serious to drive. Together we were able to fabricate a temp rig for the door; in addition to there’s no gas so he let me siphon his wrecked car.  Lucky day, lucky day.

The problem with fuel is usually a MAJOR problem. We need generators in addition to tools to help these people out. Many people are not back yet to see the damage to their houses.  I could guess 50% still haven’t returned.   Overall the structural damage is usually less than prior storms (Hurricane Charley roofs etc), nevertheless the overall debris is usually much worse. which’s Weird.

If we can find fuel tomorrow we can get team back into full wolverine operational mode; if not, FUBAR.  which’s ok, we’ll just help people with the hand stuff we can do… etc. Thousands in addition to thousands of desperate people. Not an empty hotel room in South Florida. I tried to get one.

I’m so thankful my family shipped out in addition to planned to stay away.  I  think the house is usually ok, nevertheless I’m looking at structural stuff.   Also, with no power the smells are horrible – oh, in addition to water is usually running nevertheless looks, smells sketchy.  Add which to the heat etc. my gosh which’s a big mess.

I’m writing This specific through a phone hotspot, which is usually the only source of internet access (probably because cables are down all over) in addition to using the fuel remaining inside generator. to power up the drained laptop.   I haven’t seen a second of TV (in addition to don’t care to) in addition to have no idea what media is usually saying about storm.  However, if radio talk is usually any indicator, these pontificating doofuses are stuck in their Vichy boxes not looking past the coastal metropolitan areas.

The center of Florida is usually rural, farming, working class, in addition to also lots of poor people. The coasts are more well-off. I think all the attention is usually going to the coasts. The center of the state is usually of Florida is usually FUBAR. Truth. truly bad. Those fine God-loving people didn’t have much in addition to currently they have less.

If we can get fuel, our greatest value will be going back to the center of the state in addition to helping those people recover.  Entire houses ripped apart there, barns, working sheds, important stuff.

Except for flooding, as far as devastation in addition to human suffering, This specific was not a coastal hurricane.

Fuel is usually the problem. No-one has any. This specific critical need is usually doing things so much worse on the recovery in addition to assistance people are usually able to coordinate.

I’m going to take a short, cold shower indulgence; in addition to then see if This specific hot spot will hold up long enough for me to review some media headlines.

The unwritten stories are the people inside center of the state. Bigly. Kids with no shoes; desperate moms; no food currently; the few belongings they did have washed away or blown away.

Fact: I’ve never been scared of rivers until today.

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