Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fires to the Left of Me & Fires to the Right, Here I Am...

Sunday marked the 80th consecutive day where temperatures reached 100* or more.  That's not including the better portion of May over 100 either.  We've had minimal rain here in Central Texas (minimal meaning it's sprinkled a couple times throughout the entire summer...we're remarkably down from normal) even the lakes and rivers are nearly dry.  As you can imagine, our lawns aren't exactly lush green pastures right about now.  If they are, that's a jerk who has chosen to ignore the water restrictions because he matters more than everyone else.

So yesterday was our first break.  It only got to 95*.  Sigh of relief? Oh hell no.  Fires have been taking out chunks of the freeway meadows (not sure what else to call them) for a month now.  Sunday massive fires broke out in Leander (NW suburb) and Bastrop (SE suburb) and a couple other places within an hour's drive.

The crew I managed a few years ago at our airport facility consists of primarily retired citizens.  They drive our cars around town part time just to keep themselves busy and we're grateful for the cheaper labor.  A large majority of these folks live in the Bastrop area.  It's unfortunately the area that is still on fire two days later.  Six of them have confirmed their house is gone.  I haven't heard from another.  There are a handful of other friends in the area who lost land, but not structure.  My friends in Leander seem to be OK. 

I drive past this weekly!

These are still burning!  FEMA will be in tomorrow, but I'm not sure what they do, nor when the fire's will be under control.  I'm flabbergasted.  Maybe I'm just naive, but wouldn't you think a major city like Austin would have plans in place for this kind of disaster?

We've been working with our HR department to get a fund set up to help our folks who have lost their homes.  I was really impressed at how compliant they were to assist us.  They aren't always great about thinking outside the box.  Then again, they are in New Jersey, so maybe charity after 9/11 changed their tune. 

Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers if you got em. 

1 comment:

  1. The extremes of nature are intense. I'm so sorry to hear about the circumstances of your coworkers. Good on you for looking out for them. Best of luck to all in Texas who are trying to get through this.