We’re BACK and Ready to Go Walkies

Yes, we are back…did you miss us?

Technology is wonderful thing, but it can be a bugger at times.  We had an accident (no not the kind that you have to get out the anitbac spray and paper towels for), and Do Not Pet, was wiped off the blogosphere.  Thankfully we have a dedicated “fix it all guru”, who has got us back up and running and will be trying to salvage other deleted posts if possible.

But if we have to start all over again, no harm no foul, or ticks or fleas – right?

Gabe says woof woof, and Gung Poe Wigglebutt it chiming in with his bow wows.  They are enjoying the bit of cooler weather we are having down here in the South.  Thankfully we’ve had almost a week without temps soaring into the high 90’s.  Today, it’s actually only supposed to get up to around 84.

Not sure if you all heard about the CRAZY flooding in Louisiana in August.  It was just unbelievable.  It’s estimated that we got around 6.9 TRILLION gallons of water dropped on our state. This is enough water to fill more than 10.4 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

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We live in the purple “zone”. Our unincorporated town was the hardest hit in our Parish. In one day alone we got 31.39 inches of rain in a 13 hour period. All that rain overflowed the rivers than surround us. Photo from CNN Weather

We were blessed that we stayed dry…another 4 inches and it would have been in our home. There was more than enough water in our street and our yard.

Looking at the street from my garage.
The view from my front door.

Sadly so many others were not as fortunate. 90% of the homes and businesses in our town were flooded, and the majority had no flood insurance (more than 60 thousand homes throughout the state).  No no one thought that they needed it, as nothing like this has happened in a thousand years. The people here can’t recoup on their own, even if we had the help of everyone in the state.  Let’s put this in perspective. Their are only 4.6 million people in the entire state of Louisiana.  This is less than the population of metro Atlanta.

There were 13 deaths associated with the flood and back in late August the estimate dollar amount for damages was 30 million and I’m guessing that the number has risen since then.

Rebuilding is slow.  Many have left to live with family in other parts of the state or the country.  Small businesses are unable to reopen their doors.  This is devastating to our local economy.  Schools are back in session, but many are on double shifts until the damaged buildings can be restored.

Until you’ve lived through this type of disaster, you can’t really understand what goes on.  So many people think that once the water recedes that life just picks up where it left off. NOT SO.  Even an inch of water can mean thousands and thousands of dollars in repair costs.  Drywall has to be torn out, flooring removed, mold eradicated.  Appliances and furniture is damaged. In some areas the water rushed in so hard that it broke through windows and doors. If the water rises above 18 inches in a home, all the electrical has to be redone. Thousands and thousands have lost EVERYTHING…furniture, clothes, photos, dishes, memorabilia, personal products, their vehicles…EVERYTHING!

Scenes like this…all over town. A lot a debris has been picked up but many still face this mess every day. For those who have had a majority of their trash picked up, their major appliances still sit street side, as no arrangements has been made as yet, for their disposal.

Including their pets.

I cannot tell you just how grateful I am that we were spared, and how heartbroken for all those who were not.

But for now, we take things day by day.  Here is my big boy enjoying the breeze…with not a care in the world (which is exactly what I want for him!).

His favorite spot…by the trampoline. If it gets too hot, he just rolls under to get into the shade.

 

17 thoughts on “We’re BACK and Ready to Go Walkies

  • October 31, 2016 at 6:18 am
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    Oh my, I am so sorry about the flooding in Louisiana. I am thankful that you were spared. I feel not only for the people but for all the animals who were killed or displaced by this awful flooding. I pray they get back on their feet soon.

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  • October 31, 2016 at 6:40 am
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    What a handsome dog. I am so sorry you had to go through this type of disaster. Hopefully it gives you comfort knowing you and your pet came out of this disaster in tact.

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  • October 31, 2016 at 9:56 am
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    i kept up on the floodeding i have freind there an was glad they did not lose nothing

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  • October 31, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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    Glad you are back on line

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  • November 6, 2016 at 9:39 am
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    Louisiana once again endures a horrendous flood but the will of the folks there is such that I know that they will come back stronger than ever. My prayers to all that lost lives and pets.

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  • November 7, 2016 at 8:14 am
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    It is so sad all the damage from the flooding this year. Our prayers have went out to everyone affected by the floods.

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  • November 7, 2016 at 9:25 pm
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    Since I live in California, I am waiting for the big one to give us beach front property, but I wouldn’t want the beach up to my front door like that lake is to you – or is it a river. Glad to hear that your home stayed dry. My nephew lives down your way, too. I heard that he was high and dry, too.

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  • November 8, 2016 at 9:36 pm
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    Welcome Back! Hope the weather is treating you better now!

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  • November 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm
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    Wow, what a mess! Glad you all made it. I have to worry about fires in Florida, lost my house to one.

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  • November 10, 2016 at 4:47 pm
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    We are so glad to see you back with us. We prayed for all who were affected by the flooding. Take care.

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  • November 11, 2016 at 9:31 pm
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    Holy Moly. That’s a scary sight to see out your front door! Hope everyone came through okay.

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  • November 11, 2016 at 11:52 pm
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    Glad you are back on line

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  • November 12, 2016 at 11:08 am
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    Wow! Glad you all were safe .. but how scary!

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  • December 1, 2016 at 9:48 am
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    (We’re BACK and Ready to Go Walkies) Oh my goodness girl that was a heck of a lot of rain. It is so weird how these weather patterns in our world today. Our home sits on a hill so I don’t think we ever have to worry about this happening here. ( I hope )

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  • December 2, 2016 at 11:35 am
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    That was alot of rain im so sorry i know we had a horrible flood here a few years ago it was bad

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  • December 6, 2016 at 2:48 pm
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    I’m glad you are safe. I’m from Houston, so I know a bit about the power of floods as well.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 12:45 am
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    Too many tragedies like this over the past few years. We’ve been lucky – we’ve had our basement flood (about a foot at the deepest point at the worst time), but pretty much have stayed dry. The time we had that much water in our basement it was because the power was out and our sump pumps weren’t working. We’ve since bought a small generator – enough to keep the sump pumps and refrigerator going in a pinch. I’m glad you were spared the worst of it. I worry about the people and animals affected by disasters.

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