June 15, 2008

Flood 2008

My heart has been so heavy. I've been wanting to post about the floods. But I struggle with trying to find the words. The devastation is so widespread. Homes, businesses and jobs lost. I have worked with many families in the flooded areas. I have friends whom have lost their home. I cry as I watch elderly people not wanting to evacuate because they won't leave their beloved pet. I can't imagine having a loved one in the hospital, possibly in critical/serious condition and need to be evacuated in the middle of the night. The weariness of the first responders is evident in their faces as I watch them heroically work 72 hour shifts and patiently deal with the intense emotions of distressed people.

The flood waters have not touched our home directly, although Kevin (my husband) is now unemployed due to the flood of the quarry. Since Kevin was self employed he does not qualify for unemployment benefits, although we've been blessed to find out today, that he DOES qualify via FEMA unemployment benefits. PTL!

I was searching for a picture that would capture the devastation....... then Amy posted this video.


Cynthia said...

It really is hard to describe how hard this is, and how deeply saddened this makes us all. Many lives have been changed forever. We just need to remember that no one needs to be alone in this. We have a strong community and God will provide a way through this.
I am so sorry about Kevin's job! This flood has been just terrible. I know it is just the beginning, as we feel the impact over the next days, weeks and months. Again, I am so glad to know your home is safe.

Marilyn said...

This is just so horrible. I can only imagine how far-reaching the situation is for so many people.

I am SO sorry about Kevin's job. I really hate to hear this news. I will be praying for that new job. I am grateful that he qualifies for

Praying for everyone.

amy flege said...

I sit here in tears after watching that. Even though I have seen this all in person, I am so sad that our city is going through this. Its forever changed.
SO sorry about Kevins job. I hope everything works for him!

Renna said...

My husband got a glimpse of it all when he drove a truck full of equipment up there last week. He was overawed by it all.

I'm so happy to hear the news of your husband qualifying for FEMA unemployment benefits. Praise God!!!

Smith Family said...

That video is just amazing. We get short little clips on the news and hear tidbits from some of the Coast Guard Wives. With the song and such.

Great news that Kevin will get some FEMA benefits.

We will continue to pray for those touched by the flooding.