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Kim

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Jul 24, 2008
 
We have a winter place in Long Island Village in Port Isabel. We live in Arkansas and are wondering if anyone knows how Long Island Village weathered Dolly. Have tried several phone numbers to that area and get no answer.... Would appreciate anyone from that area or who is been in that area to let me know.. thank you.. kim
Tara

Dallas, TX

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Jul 24, 2008
 
We live in San Antonio and are waiting to hear too. We have something down there as well. No power I think so that is probably why no phones are being answered.
resident

Brownsville, TX

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Jul 25, 2008
 
A shrimp boat got loose during the store hitting the bridge between Port Isabel and Long Island Village, so the bridge is not working as of now. People have saying it will take 5 to 6 days to fix. So the people on Long Island have no electricty, water, and the only way to cross is by boat. Some roofs were ripped off, same with some of the side panel of the homes, and lots of deprai that could have come some serious damage. Also there has been lots of complaints of water damage from windows, and under the doors. Hope this helps trying to find more info on the bridge, I have family that is stranded as of now.
Carol

Houston, TX

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#4
Jul 25, 2008
 
We have a place in the Sun Harbor condos next to Long Island Village. My husband has been there since before the storm. They have no power but do have water and his cell phone works when he can charge it in the car. The condos have some roof damage but otherwise came through pretty well. They are waiting for power to be restored so the bridge can be fixed. He was told it could take two more days.
Trudy

Lincoln, RI

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Jul 25, 2008
 
Hi we also have a place in LIV on the water. A big Ficus tree fell between my house and the neighbors right to road. We where lucky!. My friend there at the park said maybe SUNDAY on the electric. Didn't hear about a shrimp boat hitting the bridge though. I talk to a friend yesterday on a land line. He told me anyone with cordless phone wouldn't work because it needs electric. But his was fine. My husband is a builder in the park and when the bridge opens he will have a worker go in and look at a list of houses that we have. People have been emailing and calling to ask if we could check. But we are in CT. But the worker will go and patch any roofs that need to be. If you want he can check your place also.
Kim

Midway, GA

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Jul 25, 2008
 
Trudy - would love for someone to go by our place in Long Island and give us a brief idea of the damage. We're thinking if no windows are left we at least need to haul in plywood. or worst case - maybe there's just a pad where our place used to be.... our place is 640 sand dollar.... kim
Carol

Houston, TX

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#7
Jul 25, 2008
 
A barge closed the bridge so that emergency vehicles could come into LIV. Don't know how long it will be closed but at least people can go in and out for now.
Trudy

Lincoln, RI

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#8
Jul 25, 2008
 
Not a problem KIM... No report of homes flying off their pads though. ;)
Hang in there!
Marge

Chesterfield, MO

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Jul 25, 2008
 

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I live on LIV, but can't get back there and am with my duaghter Peggy in St. Louis. My cat is kenneled at the Smith Ranch in Bayview and I can't reach them by phone. Has anybody heard any news on the ranch? I hope everybody is ok and my little kitty is too.
Trudy

Lincoln, RI

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#10
Jul 25, 2008
 
hello Marge.. Did you try calling Elsa or Robbie cell?
I will try to get some news also!

Hugs see you in OCT
Theresa Fendt

Holland, MI

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#11
Jul 25, 2008
 
I have started an LIV list & will forward any info I receive to my friends at LIV. Hopefully, as factual as possible. Disclaimer noted.
First of all, if you are an owner, stop worrying; you will hear if you need to do something on your unit. Right now, you probably can't do anything anyway. No stores open, no materials, no gas, no water, electric, very little access, so have a drink (you're lucky to have ice) & hope & pray for the best.
Friday evening: Just talked with a resident friend, Bonnie & Roy Woods, who rode through the hurricane. LIV is struggling along without electric power. No TV, so they get some of their info from outside sources.
A lot of the valley (up to Mission & down to Brownsville) is without power & it may be a week to two weeks before power is restored to some areas. Some full time residents have electric generators for emergency like refrigerators but they also require gas to run. In addition, Port Isabel is closed down except for HEB plus McDonalds but big lines (may be others) where people were able to purchase some supplies.(Must tell you, Joe has always said we could live for a year (except for water) with my pantry which I offer to anyone in need.)
Things we don't think about ahead of time: No electric, no cell phones after the batteries die (unless you have a full tank of gas in the car so you can recharge). Electric stove; use the gas grill (full tank?, friend who has propane to borrow). Always have water to drink; you can use canel with a bucket to flush (Cottage septic tank saying: " If it's yellow, let it mellow; if it's brown, flush it down"). Note: without electric, the LIV water & waste PUMPS won't work. Bridge must remain open for traffic on the inter coastal waterway.(Waiting to hear about possible damage when shrimp boats broke loose & hit bridge on the way out until they they beached on a sandbar).
Even though everyone was requested to secure any loose objects outside their units, many residents didn't believe that applied to them and there has been all kinds of pots, golf carts, canopy, chairs, tables, etc flying around. Also some siding, windows, etc. Of course, there are downed trees which add to the debris. Can't secure everything in a hurricane.
Of course, without the bridge, garbage trucks can't pick up. hmmm, better conserve! There are some vehicles that can cross but no low cars because portions of the bridge can't be leveled.
This secenario just makes me happy to be in Michigan; never would have wanted to be a pioneer.
I am trying to forward email messages to those who have contacted me to keep us updated.
Below is a message received from Susan Grace. Thank you.
(I also note a couple of names of people who are doing as much as possible to help in this crisis situation. I'm sure there are many others coming together to do what is necessary) Sounds like a good idea for the whole benefit of LIV. We can work together.
Have two pieces of news/info.(Email from Susan Grace:)
Talked to Dick Young a little while ago. He had spoken to both Joey Long and Don Lewis. The bridge was put back into the locked position (for car traffic) earlier today by the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will be rerouting boat traffic around it. They are still with out power which means the pumps don't work to bring in water or take waste away. Everyone has been ask to use as little water as possible.
Dick said that Martha Nell Dodson and a couple of other people, who are staying at the same motel, did go to LIV today. The bridge, at that time, was being monitored/guarded by Kathryn DeMalade and Rita Priest. There is a two hour limit that owners can be on the island. That is all I know on that subject.
Theresa Fendt

Holland, MI

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Jul 25, 2008
 
I have started an LIV list & will forward any info I receive to my friends at LIV. Hopefully, as factual as possible. Disclaimer noted.

First of all, if you are an owner, stop worrying; you will hear if you need to do something on your unit. Right now, you probably can't do anything anyway. No stores open, no materials, no gas, no water, electric, very little access, so have a drink (you're lucky to have ice) & hope & pray for the best.

Friday evening: Just talked with a resident friend, Bonnie & Roy Woods, who rode through the hurricane. LIV is struggling along without electric power. No TV, so they get some of their info from outside sources.
A lot of the valley (up to Mission & down to Brownsville) is without power & it may be a week to two weeks before power is restored to some areas. Some full time residents have electric generators for emergency like refrigerators but they also require gas to run. In addition, Port Isabel is closed down except for HEB plus McDonalds but big lines (may be others) where people were able to purchase some supplies.(Must tell you, Joe has always said we could live for a year (except for water) with my pantry which I offer to anyone in need.)

Things we don't think about ahead of time: No electric, no cell phones after the batteries die (unless you have a full tank of gas in the car so you can recharge). Electric stove; use the gas grill (full tank?, friend who has propane to borrow). Always have water to drink; you can use canel with a bucket to flush (Cottage septic tank saying: " If it's yellow, let it mellow; if it's brown, flush it down"). Note: without electric, the LIV water & waste PUMPS won't work. Bridge must remain open for traffic on the inter coastal waterway.(Waiting to hear about possible damage when shrimp boats broke loose & hit bridge on the way out until they they beached on a sandbar).

Even though everyone was requested to secure any loose objects outside their units, many residents didn't believe that applied to them and there has been all kinds of pots, golf carts, canopy, chairs, tables, etc flying around. Also some siding, windows, etc. Of course, there are downed trees which add to the debris. Can't secure everything in a hurricane.

Of course, without the bridge, garbage trucks can't pick up. hmmm, better conserve! There are some vehicles that can cross but no low cars because portions of the bridge can't be leveled.

This secenario just makes me happy to be in Michigan; never would have wanted to be a pioneer.

I am trying to forward email messages to those who have contacted me to keep us updated.

Below is a message received from Susan Grace. Thank you.
(I also note a couple of names of people who are doing as much as possible to help in this crisis situation. I'm sure there are many others coming together to do what is necessary) Sounds like a good idea for the whole benefit of LIV. We can work together.

Have two pieces of news/info.(Email from Susan Grace:)

Talked to Dick Young a little while ago. He had spoken to both Joey Long and Don Lewis. The bridge was put back into the locked position (for car traffic) earlier today by the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will be rerouting boat traffic around it. They are still with out power which means the pumps don't work to bring in water or take waste away. Everyone has been ask to use as little water as possible.

Dick said that Martha Nell Dodson and a couple of other people, who are staying at the same motel, did go to LIV today. The bridge, at that time, was being monitored/guarded by Kathryn DeMalade and Rita Priest. There is a two hour limit that owners can be on the island. That is all I know on that subject.
Jan Gordons Daughter

Olathe, KS

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Jul 25, 2008
 
Marge wrote:
I live on LIV, but can't get back there and am with my duaghter Peggy in St. Louis. My cat is kenneled at the Smith Ranch in Bayview and I can't reach them by phone. Has anybody heard any news on the ranch? I hope everybody is ok and my little kitty is too.
Hi Marge, I am very interested if there is any damage. I have been very concerned about everyone down there. Glad to hear that you are safe. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you on the island. Let Bud and Vita know I am thinking of them too. Jan
bud sherry

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#14
Jul 26, 2008
 
have had many calls from those who braved the storm and all I hear is actually good. there is damage but it all sounds minimal. I am glad to hear that the bridge is closed for traffic I had not heard that as of yesterday
Heather Wallner Lot 162

Canada

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#15
Jul 26, 2008
 
Thanks for the news on Long Island, we have been thinking of you all down in South Texas.
We are so glad to know you are all save.
It was good to get some news.
Heather
Trudy

Lincoln, RI

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#16
Jul 26, 2008
 
Thank you Theresa and Bonnie...
Its a relief to many to hear all this news.
I will email this site to my friends that have the need to know. Now it would be nice if Marge could know about Smith Ranch in Bayview ! Thats where her kitty is while Marge is in St Louis with her daughter. Im sure Kim knows that all is OK with 640 SD
Fred has people to call if anyone need their roof patched or trees cut. So they can call Freddie ask Robbie for his number.
And if anyone needs a 100 lbs of propane and a way to hook it up just go to 498 and take it. And Debbie and Tom thanks for your help. We owe you big time!
Wish we where there to help.. If anyone needs anything just call.
Louise Howden-Wisconsin

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#17
Jul 26, 2008
 
I have been trying to get in touch with James & Betty Woodard-Lot 226 Conch. If anyone knows if they left and are safe-they both need walkers. Also if anyone has a phone # of anyone that would know something. Maybe Rite Priest has a phone #-if so please post it so i can call her.
Kim

Siloam Springs, AR

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#18
Jul 26, 2008
 
Hi Bud & Veta - I tried calling your home and got no answer... Mike and I were just on Sand Dollar 10 days ago for our anniversary. Guess we will plan on heading back to Port Isabel in 10 days or so - we will monitor this website and wait till all utilities are back on... We are so thankful for you folks that are putting info about LIV on here.... Mike & Kim Fair
Kim

Siloam Springs, AR

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#19
Jul 26, 2008
 
Trudy - just read your note about our 640 SD - we did not know anything about our place, so your comment was WONDERFUL to see... Who ever checked on it and let you know - please thank them - and thanks to you for being the messenger. Hope to meet you all this winter.... or sooner... Mike & Kim Fair
Pat and Lana Hunter

Sturgis, MI

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#20
Jul 26, 2008
 
This is the first news we have heard on LIV . Thanks for the info. If you are on West Clam Circle please check on 512.
Thank you
Pat & Lana Hunter
Coldwater MI

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