The above picture is off of a site that has some great video of Hurricane Rita hitting Beaumont.
Also, I don't know how many Beaumont area people read this blog but I have some things I've been thinking about and want to share.
- A lot of coverage has been given to the fine work done by the emergency workers and people who are restoring electricity to the area but everyone also needs to remember the guys who have been working restoring telephone and cable service as well as those clearing the streets of debris and garbage.
- The trees aren't finished falling. I haven't heard anyone on the local news channels mention this. If we get a good stiff breeze with a cold front, shit is going to start falling from the trees that are still standing and I'm not talking about acorns and bird crap. I'm talking about huge ass limbs that are broken high up in the trees and haven't yet made it to the ground. Heads up everyone.
- I just heard on the evening news that the burn ban has been lifted in Hardin County for this weekend so people can get rid of some of the debris in their yards. The burn ban has been implemented because it is dangerously dry from, if you can believe it, a lack of rain. Keep in mind that all of the trees that were downed during the hurricane three weeks ago are now pretty much kindling. Does anyone else see disaster written all over this lifting of the burn ban?
- Premonitions? A month or so before the hurricane, I told my family that if we were to get hit by a hurricane or an ice storm, we would be in big trouble because of the trees that were growing all around the high wires. We still have areas of the city weeks away from having power restored because of fallen trees. The week before the hurricane hit, I suddenly and inexplicably got tired of the Dilbert paraphernalia I had all over my office which I had been collecting for about ten years and brought it all home. This made it a lot easier to pack up my office in preparation for the storm which hit a week later. I sure hope I'm not having another premonition here with regard to the lifting of the burn ban.