|This is usually dry land outside our backyard fence.|
Anyone watching the national news last night saw what consumed our day. Flood waters surged through the series of dams in the Texas hill country closing roads, washing out bridges, and forcing evacuations. “Prepare to evacuate” is not a text you want to get. Our house happens to be in the lowest elevation for our community and by the time the order was issued, we discovered part of our street was already impassible in spots. By day’s end, all streets accessing our community were closed.
We were most fortunate. Water did not get into our house and we did not loose power. We still have safe drinking water though we are urged to use it sparingly as the waste water system is highly stressed. Today streets are open and we have a respite before significant rain chances return tomorrow.
Today’s guild meeting, of course, has been cancelled and we are gradually hearing from members of our quilting community. So far, all are safe, but many were evacuated and several have lost watercraft. I know of one couple that had to spend the night in a church shelter. I don’t know the extent of home damage, but we've already heard from one friend who had 8 to 10 inches in her house.
We do not normally have waterfront property, but it sure looked like it was yesterday. We were told this was the second worst flood of the Llano River in recorded history. The worst was in 1935.
I was literally too nervous to resort to my usual calming practice of sewing. Today I will take a deep breath, say a prayer of gratitude and work on projects while we wait for more updates from neighbors and friends and learn how we can help.