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    Devastation here may approach that of Sandy. Our house is on high ground so we are okay. The short term problem we face is that about 180,000 of us are without water. We can turn the commodes into the camper type ones that use garbage bags. However drinking water is the problem. My wife and I are not bottled water or soft drink drinkers so there is none stashed. I need to keep my fluid intake up. We are down to ice cubes and canned soup. We went to bed Saturday night without concern. The forecast predicted that storm was winding down.
    You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
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  • #2
    That's scary. Any ETA on getting the municipal water supply fixed? Since folks start dying after 3 days without, I certainly hope it's ASAP!!!

    (PSA: Having emergency food and water stored on-site ought to be taught as basic home ownership/family stewardship. I learned this from Mormon friends, that in an emergency there are two types of people: assets and liabilities. Doesn't take much to move from one category to the other, except a little forethought. Especially important for those of us already saddled with the "disability disadvantage".

    I particularly like waterbricks. Easy to store in out of the way places.)
    "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

    "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

    "Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions..." -Heraclitus, Fragments

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    • #3
      It appears that we have been rescued by a Mormon family down the street. They have plenty of water for the neighborhood commodes in their swimming pool. They brought us a 5 gallon container of drinking water from from their 25 container stash. I admire and respect these folks. They have their act together and walk the walk. The city water supply may be down for another 3-4 days. They are in the process of setting up bottled water distribution centers now. Overall the response has been handled very well. People really got their act together after hurricane Hugo several years ago. But how many people plan for something that never happened since the first written records began? Sadly, fatalities are now up to nine. They are now able to search places that were totally covered by water and have found some victims. This has really been "flash" flooding. It is estimated that water rose 6 feet in a half hour in some places.
      You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
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      See my personal webpage @
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      • #4
        Simultaneous post, mine now redundant.

        Glad you have caring and resourceful neighbours.

        All the very best of luck to you and Mrs. 55!
        Last edited by Timaru; 10-05-2015, 02:01 PM.

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        • #5
          Yes, it is best for everyone to have a stash of drinking water for use in emergencies. I keep 4 gallon containers of drinking water stashed in my garage to use in case of earthquake or other natural disaster that is likely to cut off or make your water supply unsafe. Just remember to rotate this supply out (I replace and drink that water or cook with it every 90 days) so you have good water if needed. A good idea is to plan on a gallon a day per person for at least 3-4 days. I keep battery powered lanterns and an emergency station radio with fresh batteries for the same reason.

          (KLD)
          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          • #6
            I consider our 12k standby generator to be one of our best investments. We have a well on our generator circuit so could probably still access clean water during your type of emergency. So glad you are on high ground.

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            • #7
              We woke up to a sunny day but earthen dams that have been built to make lakes (aka mosquito farms) for housing developments continue to be breached. Tons of roads will remain closed until they can be inspected for undermining, etc. With a sunny day they finally have an opportunity to do a good assessment from the air. Hopefully the National Guard and Army Engineers will fix the breach in the wall of the channel that carries river water to our water plant, They are going to attempt to divert the water with a couple of metal structures so they can drop huge sandbags in the breached area with Chinook helicopters. Keep your fingers crossed. They have to move quickly because the breach is getting bigger from erosion.
              Bob
              You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
              http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

              See my personal webpage @
              http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
                We woke up to a sunny day but earthen dams that have been built to make lakes (aka mosquito farms) for housing developments continue to be breached. Tons of roads will remain closed until they can be inspected for undermining, etc. With a sunny day they finally have an opportunity to do a good assessment from the air. Hopefully the National Guard and Army Engineers will fix the breach in the wall of the channel that carries river water to our water plant, They are going to attempt to divert the water with a couple of metal structures so they can drop huge sandbags in the breached area with Chinook helicopters. Keep your fingers crossed. They have to move quickly because the breach is getting bigger from erosion.
                Bob
                Thanks, I've wanted to know about these things, but the news fails to deliver any explanations.
                I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                • #9
                  Another beautiful, sunny day here in South Carolina. As the adrenalin rush subsides reality is setting in. Houses, memories, businesses, and jobs are gone, some headed to the ocean. The costs are going to be tremendous. Just the road and bridge damage repairs are going to be a costly and long term job. In some places the tremendous force of the water created canyons, not gullies. A couple of stressed earthen dams have been reinforced. They worked all night on the water plant channel. Currently the Chinooks are dropping 750 1-ton sandbags into the breached area. They are using techniques similar to those used on the New Orleans levees. The Chinooks are flying almost over our house when they go back to the McIntire Air National Guard base to refuel. Last week a local police officer was shot and killed apprehending a suspect, leaving behind a widow and 6 month old son. Yesterday the young woman was volunteering at the food bank. We have our share of idiots too. This morning some people drove around the barricade at a closed road. The road collapsed under the vehicle. The vehicle plunged into a large sinkhole filled with water. Three of the people managed to get out. They are now attempting to find the bodies of the two that did not escape. Half the deaths have been people in cars that got submerged. As the water travels down the river there will be more flooding. One of the major problems is in the eastern part of the state. A 70 mile stretch of Interstate 95, the main north-south route, has been closed. The 168 mile detour is a challenge. Count your blessings.
                  You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                  http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                  See my personal webpage @
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                  • #10
                    A friend of my in South Carolina sent me this:



                    All the best to all of friends in SC,
                    GJ & NL
                    Attached Files

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                    • #11
                      Sorry about posting 2 images. Seems "Attachments" has changed and I'm probably doing something wrong, but can't figure out how to change it.

                      Best
                      GJ

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                      • #12
                        Today's update: 10/8/2015

                        There has been a setback in the attempt to repair the water plant channel. Another section started to erode and now efforts are directed at diverting the rapid flow of water away from it. As a result they are working on a new plan. One thing they are not talking about is the sewage treatment plant. It has been under water almost from the onset of the downpour, There are still pockets of people in rural areas that have not yet been reached. All the runoff is terribly polluted. Much aid has been coming in. About the only needs are money and volunteers to help people clearing out their flooded houses. The number of people in shelters is dwindling in part due to our experience placing a group of Katrina survivors. Schools are scheduled to reopen Monday. They have a major problem because of the impassible roads. Under normal circumstances some kids had to endure 1.5 hour bus rides to get to school. Now with detours it will likely be much more time on the bus. I have not yet seen any assessment of the impact on agriculture. The downpours could not have been good for the cotton crop.

                        On a lighter note: This week’s home football game will be played at LSU’s stadium in Louisiana. The state fair will start here next week as scheduled. It is an attempt to restore some sense of normalcy here. All the parking fee $ will be given to the flood victim funds.

                        A lot of attention is being focused on Columbia. But remember there is a 100-200 mile wide band of affected area all the way from here to the coast. People who are downstream are preparing for the river surge as it works its way to the coast. At least they have had a warning and a little time to prepare. Some places are expected to experience record river levels.
                        You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                        http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                        See my personal webpage @
                        http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                        • #13
                          Progress is continuing to be made on the breached water channel wall. They have also laid a pipeline to another place on the river and can pump water if the channel repair stalls.

                          The river surge is about to reach the coastal area. Once flooded it may take as much as 2 weeks for the flood water to drain out. Most of the area is already saturated from the earlier rainfall. It is also very low and flat land so water just sits there.

                          Agricultural losses have been estimated to be at least $300,000,000.

                          Ugliness is starting to emerge.
                          Scammers impersonating FEMA representatives, builders, and cleaning companies have appeared. Looters have been arrested, and drug dealers have been caught doing business behind road barricades.

                          To keep things from getting out of control yesterday the 3200 National Guard force activated at the onset of the flooding has been deputized and armed. Another 1800 are on call.
                          You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                          http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                          See my personal webpage @
                          http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                          • #14
                            Mom nature can be cruel. We woke up to a severe thunderstorm and flash flood warning. In some areas the rain has been falling at an estimated rate of 1” per 15 minutes. Fortunately the line of severe storms is moving rapidly toward the NE. With the ground totally saturated it is estimated that 90% of the rain will run off. Showers will be hanging around until tomorrow afternoon. Sadly, people have been struggling to put salvageable items outside to dry out. Now what can they do?
                            You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                            http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                            See my personal webpage @
                            http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                            • #15
                              I just wish the best for all of you down there.
                              Alan

                              Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

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