Back After Gustav

“Back After Gustav”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Well, we survived Hurricane Gustav with no real damage.  We were able to come back home yesterday and got our electricity back this afternoon, which is a record.  Usually, we are one of the last to have electricity restored in our area, so I guess this time we were very fortunate to have it so soon.  Of course, there was not the extensive tree damage that came with Katrina.  For that storm we were three weeks on a generator.  Grocery stores are starting to open, and gas stations are, too, as they get gasoline deliveries.  Many stations were completely out of gas because of all the people who had to evacuate.

Gustav was never able to regain the strength he had over Cuba.  We also did not get as much rain as they predicted.  We estimate about seven inches.  Yesterday we had three big rainstorms with several tornado warnings.  A tornado touched down about seven miles from us, but there was little damage.

Here at home, we have a lot of tree debris – small branches, some large limbs, and 10 million pine cones – to pick up.

Our neighbor across the street had a pine tree fall on his house during the height of the storm, but no one was hurt which is the most important thing.  A bedroom received some water damage, but it didn’t seem like there was any structural damage.

Rusty seemed a little puzzled over what happened to his yard.

The pear tree lost only a few of its fruit when a small branch fell on it.

The only thing that I found damaged during a quick walk around was the Crybaby tree.  A large part of it came down in the wind, but there is still a trunk remaining.

Between rain showers, I have started raking up the debris, but it will be several days before it will be completed.  I do not have to be back at work until Monday, so that should give us plenty of time to finish cleaning up.  I just hope that Hanna, Ike, and Josephine stay away, so we don’t have to do this all over again.  Thanks to everyone for their concern and prayers for the Gulf Coast.


  1. Phillip said,

    September 3, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that you are okay and didn’t get a lot of damage. I’ve been checking your blog everyday for updates. Poor Rusty!

  2. September 3, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    I know you and Rusty are both glad to be home again! It seems like things are gradually becoming more organized dealing with hurricanes. I guess the officials learned a lot from Katrina.

  3. Jan said,

    September 3, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks, Phillip, for checking on me. We were very fortunate to have so little damage. Rusty doesn’t like to evacuate and was glad to be home, but he just kept walking around almost as if he didn’t recognize the place.

    Nola, we are all glad to be back home. The officials did a great job getting practically all of south Louisiana evacuated. Of course, there was a lot of help from very generous people and other states, for which we will always be grateful.

  4. Anna said,

    September 3, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    So glad to hear that you are doing well. Does your town do a limb pick up? Looks like you are going to be busy.

  5. Donna said,

    September 4, 2008 at 2:37 am

    I am so glad you are safe and you and Rusty are home and on the road to recovery.

  6. Jan said,

    September 4, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Anna, our local government will start picking up storm debris next week after all utilities are restored. This area lost over 14 power transmission lines which is slowing the come back of power somewhat. I was surprised that we have all our utilities so soon. Usually, it is about three days before we have electircity and more for cable. I am just so grateful to be home and have so little damage.

    Donna, we are all so grateful that the storm was not as bad as it could have been. We will be busy picking up branches and pine cones in the next few days. Rusty seems okay and happier now that his yard is starting to look normal again.

  7. Nancy Bond said,

    September 4, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I’m so glad you came through Hurricane Gustav relatively unscathed!

  8. Jan said,

    September 4, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks, Nancy. We are glad to be back with no real damage.

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