My heart goes out to our Texas neighbors who have experienced the recent flooding and damages due to Hurricane Harvey.
It is so sad to see families have to leave their homes and not know if they will have anything when they return.
Last week we watched the live news videos of people on top of roofs waiting to be rescued, families being taken out by boats, elderly living in assisted living homes sitting in water, and one entire town washed away.
We get some heavy rains in our area at times and occasionally it does reach the flooding stages. I have seen crops lost and water in homes. In my wildest dreams, I can't imagine water covering our vehicles, much less our houses. I have experienced water knee deep and once in the spring we had to look for alternative routes to get to our church. Several of our country roads were covered in water.
Fortunately in our area, water usually goes down in a reasonable amount of time.
I have never experienced a hurricane first hand but I really feel if I was advised to evacuate because of one, I would not hesitate. I try to stay on the side of safety when possible. I remember well Hurricane Katrina and all of its damage.
When we experience tornadoes, many times we don't have much of a warning, but it seems residents know days in advance if they could be in the danger zone of a hurricane. Also, the tornadoes seem to come through fast and furious but they keep moving. It seems sometimes the hurricanes can stay for a long time.
Natural disasters, including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, ice storms or floods, are not good and each can leave behind destruction of property and the loss of lives.
Disasters do bring out good in people. Volunteers were ready to go to Texas to help out.
When we see or hear of a disaster the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other volunteers are making plans to go and help where they are needed. People who can't go but have the means are willing to donate money.
Not so long ago (1998) Manila experienced a tornado. Buffalo Island had a devastating ice storm in 2009. Caraway had a tornado several years ago that destroyed many buildings on main street and nearby homes. If you remember, neighboring towns came to help with clean up. The Red Cross and Salvation Army were here.
One of the worst things about natural disasters is when family or friends are involved and we don't know about their safety.
A youth group from our church and their leaders traveled to Oklahoma several years ago to help with a clean up following a tornado near Oklahoma City. They came back and shared some of their experiences with us.
Sometime the worst can bring out the best in all of us.
Let's remember those who lost loved ones due to Hurricane Harvey. Naturally, that is the worst part of any disaster. Let's keep them in our prayers and help any way we can.
Neighbors include more than just the people who live next door.