Hurricane Ike Photos in Walden on Lake Houston / Susan Brown, Your Texas Connection, Keller Williams Realty

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)

Due to Hurricane Ike, at this time last year in Walden on Lake Houston, we were in the middle of 11 days without power.  We were able to heat water for coffee because we still had natural gas power.  AND a friend loaned us her french press for coffee.  Cooking was a different story because most food had spoiled and the grocery stores had looonnngggg lines (as did the gas stations, my 4 hour wait is  another story). 

We learned to live by flashlight & candles.  We glistened a lot (remember in the South ladies don't sweat - they glisten) and depended on the kindness of neighbors & friends.  As power was restored, those kind souls offered laundry facilities, bags of ice, recharging for cell phones (which only worked when FEMA released the cell towers), food, air conditioning & TV (we almost cried when we got to watch Dancing with the Stars). 

When IHOP reopened, we were there exclaiming, "These are the best pancakes I've ever tasted!"  When a friend's pizzeria reopened, we were there washing dishes in thanks for recharging phones & laptops. When a neighbor said land lines for phones still worked, we dug out those old "princess" phones and viola! we had real phone connections. 

Hurricane Ike roared through Atascocita in the middle of the night and the noises outside were different than anything I've ever heard.  In the morning, our street in Walden on Lake Houston didn't look too bad.  A few limbs down here and there but for the most part fairly unscathed.  We jumped in the car to survey the rest of the neighborhood and that is when we realized that Hurricane Ike had made quite an impact on the rest of Walden. It was sobering and difficult to hold back the tears. 

Hurricane Ike Damage in Walden on Lake Houston We are a wooded, golf course community on Lake Houston.  Lots of trees had fallen and just as many had been ripped out by the roots. 

Hurricane Ike Damage in Walden on Lake Houston

 

 

Cleanup began immediately.  Everyone was outside cutting up trees and clearing debris.  

 

Hurricane Ike Damage in Walden on Lake Houston

 Hurricane Ike Damage in Walden on Lake Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all we were blessed with our situation.  Sure we had to suffer for a few days without electricity and a closing had to be postponed but everyone we knew was safe and sound.  It's hard to believe that was a year ago - time sure flies!

Susan Brown, Your Texas Connection sells real estate in Walden on Lake Houston, Eagle Springs, SummerwoodAtascocita, TX, Kingwood Greens, Royal Shores & Kingwood, TX - just to name a few!  Susan's the team leader for Your Texas Connection at Keller Williams Realty NE.  Visit their website for more in depth info about the team and what they can do for you.  Or call Susan direct (281) 415-1454 if you'd like her to start working on your behalf today!

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Susan Brown, Your Texas Connection, Keller Williams Realty

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Debbie Aldrich
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Wow Susan, what and expereince that must of been for you. Did kw cares step in? 

Sep 16, 2009 11:32 AM #1
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Susan Brown
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Yes KW Cares did!  They helped out quite a few agents at the office.  Plus they coordinated phone calls and help in other ways. 

Sep 16, 2009 12:00 PM #2
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David Williams
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Susan,

 

I live in Cary NC but a close friend has family in Bridge City Texas - I spent a week there helping clean up after the entire town was under water for several days from Ike - I will never forget that experience - what a reminder of how quickly things can change and what's really important.

 

- David

Sep 16, 2009 07:51 PM #3
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Susan Brown
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David - Amen to that.  We had quite a few good friends in Galveston, some who lost everything and some who have already rebuilt.  The human spirit is pretty resilient.

Sep 16, 2009 11:11 PM #4
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Susan,

I have to say I have never experience a hurricane nor a tornado....and I honestly have to say I wouldn't mind never doing so....that must of been quite an experience.....yet good things such as the resilience of the human spirit always shine best under such dark circumstances....

Sep 17, 2009 06:38 PM #5
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Lori, I didn't think I'd ever experience a hurricane either.  There had been some close calls but the hurricanes always seemed to turn at the last minute.  With Hurricane Ike though - it was different.  It took up the whole Gulf of Mexico so we knew we were in for something major.  Nature can be powerful!

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Susan, I think the power outages are the things that impact most people.  We are so used to having cable, hot coffee and all the rest!

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