Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hometown Got Hit Last Night...Sort of

There was a storm in my hometown last night, complete with a temporary power outage and a tornado warning. We didn't get hit by a tornado, but part of the town got hit by the storm. The north end of town, where I'm still living with my mom and stepdad, including the houses, got off easy compared to the south end, closer to where my fiance lives.
For instance, sometime after the tornado warning had come and gone, my fiance called me and told me that building he had been living in had been damaged and part of the roof was gone which could've potentially posed a problem for some plans we had for the weekend. (When he had called, I initially thought that perhaps part of the building was mangled, but the damage was more along the lines of cracked walls, sunken in ceilings, etc.) It also turned out that some businesses were damaged or at least still didn't have power. (The latter included the office where my mom works.)

Today was one of the days when I'd normally be doing my volunteer work at the Doggie Bag (which as far as I knew before heading out was still standing and had its power) from ten to four (store hours), but per my fiance's request this morning, I instead met up with him at his cousin's place (where he was staying for the time being from my understanding). Before heading over though, I did make sure that only other person that would be on duty today and authorized to open would be in a position to do so today. She said she was and if anything had gone over there earlier to make sure the store still had its power, which it did.

After I met up with my fiance, he and I talked for a little bit. Then he and I walked over to the compound where he has been living. We got to the leasing office, and he was able to get an apartment in one of the non-damaged buildings. After that, we went and got some lunch and then moved a few things (mostly clothes and food items) from the apartment he had been living in to the new one. (And as it turned out, he was not the only one moving either.) After he decided to hold off on the rest until later and rest in the new place, I went and got a few things from the old apartment and brought them over. I ended up having more time to spare that day than I thought, so after I had said goodbye to him, I headed over to the Doggie Bag to help out for two and a half hours before closing time. It was mostly clothing that was being dealt with today. I may or may not make it over there on Friday which is another one of my regular days, depending on how far along my fiance is on the move and whatever else comes up.

I'm going to see him again tomorrow. Hopefully, he will get more stuff moved and be less stressed about the situation (which, understandably, he had been today).

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