I have told only our part of the Hurricane Ivan experience. But our town was hit and hit hard. People died. Homes were demolished. Our water plant and power plant both sustained major damage. The utilities would be out for weeks. Many roads were impassable and the interstate bridge was wiped out, making it hard for help to get to us. Here are some images from the aftermath.
You need to click on this one to see it better. This is the interstate bridge. For reasons we will never know, a truck driver was on the bridge during the storm. You can see the bed of the truck still on the bridge…the cab fell into the water when that portion of the bridge collapsed. As the water rose and the giant waves swelled it picked up entire portions of the bridge and just knocked them off the pilings. It was eerie.
Another view. Here is a link to some pics, I will post a few here, but to see more you can go to the link.
There was a lot of destruction folks. Lots of horror stories of people trapped in their homes, sitting in attics to avoid the floods below. You may think, “Well why didn’t they evacuate?” I’m not making excuses, but the way Ivan made landfall, even the protected waterways experienced storm surge, so areas that had never flooded before flooded this time. There were many deaths, a 7yo girl who died when a tree fell on her house, a 73yo woman who drowned as she and her daughter tried to go for help (if you watch the Weather Channel they featured these people’s story on Storm Stories.) Many more people died after the storm while cleaning up debris or by carbon monoxide from the generators. So sad.
Well, that’s it. That’s my Hurricane Ivan story and I’m stickin’ to it. ;) Now back to our regular broadcasting. Thank you.