Monday, September 22, 2008

Ike news from Dot and Phil Welch

This from Dot and Phil Welch:
Sent: 9/21/2008 8:34:48 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Cdr's Report fall 2008 and how Dot and Phil Welch are fairing after Ike
Hi Glenn:
Thanks for your Commander\'s Report and it looks great as usual.
Hope everything is going well with you and your family.
We finally got  power yesterday in Houston and received roof and fence damage.  We had two large trees fall, one into the pool and the other on top of the barbeque pit, table and chairs lost.  We couldn\'t get ice for three days and everything in the refrigerator and freezer was lost.  Ice was the main problem.  We couldn\'t even get ice to try and save some of the items.  Oh by the way we did lose four Koi\'s at least 30\" or larger which were  in our fish pond and most of their offspring\'s.  Do think the insurance companies or Fema will cover them.
As to Galveston (Jamaica Beach) it is must worse with roof damage, siding missing, deck gone, etc.  Large trees are in our yard that are 30-40\' tall and the limbs which are at lease 12-15\' high.  I guess this was the dumping ground for the trash on the first level, leaves, furniture, 8 ice chests, a front door, life jackets, swings, boards, a large butane tank that looks like a hot water heater, anything that got loose from homes, seemed to end up in our yard or in the bay.  Hope Fema or whoever will help get the mess our of our yard and help with repairs.  The smell is bad and you can\'t walk around much because of the mud, leaves, limbs and trash.  It left at least a foot of trash in our utility room or maybe more, as we could not enter the room. All of our tools, a small motor, fishing gear, cleaning items are gone, anything that was in the utility room.   I hope someone finds them, returns the items or gets some use out of them. We be without water, gas, !
electricity, phone service and sewer lines to get rid of the waste.
On the way to Galveston we saw I know over 200 nice boats just in ditches, on the side road or turned  upside down in yards.  I guess this is when Phil and I lost it.
Our first floor we are missing the door to our utility room, the refrigerator and freezer are turned over and blocking our entry, very expensive fishing poles, paddle boat  We had 12-15\' surge into our home.  Our railing upstairs is missing, plus a rod iron table and chair, 2 other tables that fold as benches or a table all of the heavy clay pots with plants, barbeque pit downstairs and on the second level.  It is very hard to image something could remove the railing and topple of these large trees.  We have roof damage, deck and dock damage for our boat stall missing binds, board, etc.. 
While in Galveston I thought that Phil was going to have a heart attack or stroke, so we left after empting the refrigerators, freezer and dumped them at a site we were told to use.
D/Lt/C Shirley Heald, AP
District 21 Executive Officer

Shirley D. Heald on 9/22/2008 8:52 PM