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Okay, so. The apartment has water but no power, and it's still damp enough that I doubt they would turn the power back on anyway. We are going to have to find another place to live for a while. (We may or may not go back there, we don't know that at this point.) Hell, we don't even have a place to stay tomorrow, at the moment, although there are a couple of last-ditch places we could crash if it came right down to it, so don't worry about us. We are at a decent Econolodge in Pasadena, right now, with wi-fi, as you see. I was probably a bit too complacent about the hotel thing. It's worse than I thought, obviously.

Anyway. About 75% of our belongings are salvageable, maybe more. One of the computers even looks ok, I think. We can't quite figure out how much water was in the apartment, because different places seem to indicate different things. Most of the furniture looks like it only got wet at the bottom, a couple of inches, maybe. It looks like water came in at the windows, and at least some of the roof blew off of various buildings in our complex so some water may have come down from inside the walls or something like that. It's just hard to tell. Oh, and my car may be totalled - it definitely had water in it, anyway. I guess it depends on how wet the engine got, ultimately.

You can tell we haven't quite processed it all yet. We have to find an apartment and maybe buy some new furniture and arrange for a mover for the old stuff... and I guess we need to shut off the utilities, officially, although I doubt think they are charging us right now anyway - I even got e-mails from Comcast and Netflix saying we wouldn't be charged and/or would get a credit. I am avoiding making a to-do list because I think that will just overwhelm me completely. There are some inhabitable apartments left in our complex, so we might be able to get one of those. Or we can check on the mainland. I guess I will try to call an apartment locator in the morning. And we are just going to go back to Galveston in the morning, early, and see how much we can get done tomorrow, considering that Rob has to go back to work Tuesday.

(My sister said, "At least your life is interesting!" I don't think she was really being ironic, either.)

Thinking of You

Date: 2008-09-29 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nhighberg.livejournal.com
Glad you at least know now. Hell, the waiting was driving me crazy.

Date: 2008-09-29 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ursulahitler.livejournal.com
Poor things. Well, at least it sounds like it could've been much worse. Hopefully you can just get an apartment in the same complex. That's gotta be the simplest option. You'd just be shlepping stuff up the stairs, instead of across town.

Wait... There's a Pasadena outside of CA? I had no idea. Giving places all over the US the same name is so dopey. There are way too many Kansas Citys outside of Kansas.

Date: 2008-09-29 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anjea.livejournal.com
Eek! I hope most of the stuff is ultimately okay. The problem with the car getting water is not just the engine - the upholstery will be mold-ridden if it got water and stayed wet. :/

*crosses fingers*

Date: 2008-09-29 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Oh, the upholstery is already moldy. But is that really enough to total the whole car?

Date: 2008-09-29 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chanfaina.livejournal.com
I am not a scientist, but I would think that mold could total a car. It's bad to breathe it, right? And if it's in the seats, and the rugs, and the fabric covering the ceiling, and the vents...

I am so sorry you have to deal with this.

Date: 2008-09-29 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anjea.livejournal.com
You'd have to ask someone more knowledgeable than me on that subject... :-/

Date: 2008-09-29 11:43 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] iko.livejournal.com
*hugs*
Thinking of you and I hope that things get sorted out quickly.

Date: 2008-09-29 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrissa.livejournal.com
The people who say "things are replaceable, people aren't" are correct but no longer particularly useful at this stage, so I'm glad many of your things will not need replacing. Good luck with the rest of it, uff da.

Date: 2008-09-29 12:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nonelvis
As bad as this sounds, I know things could have been much, much worse, so I'm glad most of your belongings were spared. I hope you can find a new apartment quickly!

Date: 2008-09-29 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mslilly.livejournal.com
Obviously, I'm reading backwards through my Flist. In my comment on one of your later entries, I didn't realize that you were back and that the situation looks more long-term. So with the full understanding now of the sitch, we are able to rent out our guest bedroom if it looks like you need a long-term place. I am sure you'd rather find an apartment, but if you have trouble with that, give us a call. ((hugs))

Date: 2008-10-01 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Thanks for the offer!! I think we have an apartment but if things fall through I might be calling - we can't afford the LaQuinta forever!

Date: 2008-09-29 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] profrobert.livejournal.com
Add me to the list of those glad things are not as bad as they could be and sorry they are as difficult as they are. You and Rob are in Clare's and my thoughts. Take care.

Date: 2008-09-29 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyloo76.livejournal.com
Glad to hear you made it back, Mel. Sometimes it's just better to know where exactly you're at, instead of the constant speculation.

What we learned after the storm here was that engines could be dealt with, upholstery could be changed out, but the electrical in a car that has been flooded will never work correctly again. It's the main thing we had to watch for when people were selling used cars afterward.

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