I was awakened by my husband’s rapid exit from our bedroom at
around 2:00 a.m. the morning of September 12. He had heard knocking on the
doors of other trailers in our little park and he knew something was seriously
wrong. Before I could ask him what was wrong out the door he went. I got up,
put on my robe, and went to the living room where I noticed the red and blue
flashing lights of two emergency vehicles parked outside. One was parked in
front of our trailer and the other one just to the right, almost in the road. Sheriff’s
deputies were knocking on people’s doors telling them to gather what they could
and get out NOW! While we gathered a few belongings the Emergency Warning
System sirens went off. I packed the few things I’d put together and got in the
car. Robbie mounted his scooter and we headed for higher ground. I had no clue
how drastically our lives were about to change.
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining.
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you".
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away.
And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
I went out to help clean up at the church's property last Wednesday, and it broke my heart to see the condition of The River. The grassy yard where my grandfather walked me down the aisle at my wedding is gone. The massive wooden deck where we spoke our vows is gone. It was violently washed away, along with parts of the concrete foundation that used to be under the sanctuary. You can see the "new" river flowing by from inside the sanctuary where the floor is sagging. The mound of ruined items in front of the church continues to grow. We lost our church building and many of us, including Robbie and me, lost our homes. Others incurred great damage and to their homes and property.