Well, it’s been an unusual experience. Here in San Antonio, we’ve gotten plenty of warnings about tropical storms/hurricanes that were bearing down in our direction, but 98% of the time they veered off at the last minute, did a U-turn, etc. Either that, or by the time they reached us they were very weak, spawning a thunderstorm or two. Hurricane Harvey? Well, that looks like it might be a different scenario. Thursday morning I went to the store to do the usual grocery shopping. I picked up two cases of water (because I pack water in everyone’s lunches) along with my usual supplies. No biggie. Hubby got home Thursday, said he had stopped by Walmart to pick up glow-sticks for emergency light, and all their water supplies were gone…everything…bought. WTH? I mean, we’ve never had a situation in San Antonio where our water supply has not been able to deliver. Thinking it was an anomaly at that store, this morning I swung by HEB to pick up some soups and other things I had forgotten on my previous run. I figured I’d also pick up some extra water.
I got to the store, and the parking lot was PACKED. On a Friday at 10 AM. I grabbed my cart and made my way to the water aisle. There was NOTHING…absolutely nothing left. No 24-packs, no 12-packs, no small packs, no liter bottles…zero. I’ve lived here 51 years and never have seen anything like it. I was able to pick up four 1.5 liter bottles of water that were stocked on the end of the aisle–people were so focused on getting to the water aisle they didn’t see what was at the far end before you actually walked down the aisle. I also picked up a 2.5 gallon dispenser for water. Yeah, you fill it up from your tap and can put it in the refrigerator or leave it on the counter. The good thing was everyone was polite, although very urgent. I was able to get in and out in about 45 minutes. I can’t imagine what it would have been like at noon, or later.
After receiving several emails from our insurance company, as well as our homeowners association, we went around and moved anything we could into our shed or garage. The patio furniture I moved far out into the backyard, ran a hose through all the chairs and table, looped it around a sturdy tree and screwed the ends together. I can’t imagine anything breaking the hose and making the furniture go airborne…if it does, it’s beyond my control. We even brought Fuzzkins in, our outdoor feral kitty that adopted us after the idiot neighbors who adopted him failed miserably in their role. He only comes in during bad weather. Strange thing is, he hasn’t fussed once at the back door, wanting to go outside. It’s like he senses something is coming and he should stay inside.
Luckily, our property is located at the highest point in San Antonio. If we flood, the rest of the city would be under water. The most water I’ve ever seen was two weeks after I buried my fiance in 1998, from Oct. 16-21, 1998, numerous records were broken for rainfall at the time with 15.66 inches of rain during that period. They’re saying this might surpass that with 20 inches. Hopefully our property will be safe in its location. Securing any airborne items is the main focus at the moment.
San Antonio is receiving many coastal residents who are looking for a safe place to weather out the storm. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the damage is minimal and our fellow Texans can return to their homes soon.
Everyone stay safe. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. Seriously, it’s not worth being stupid. Stay in place and wait the storm out. Don’t put our first responders (that includes my husband) at risk.