Well it was a good and scary for us. We got smart and left Friday morning at 5:30 am and got to Austin to stay at my wife's Moms. It was only 2 1/2 hours for us. I have a brother there too. One of the smarter things we ever did because many got cocky and stayed. We just drove back yesterday and had no power still. The sad part was that our neighborhood and the neighboring two neighborhoods looked like war zones. Literally 50 year old, massive pines up rooted and in yards and in houses. Oak trees up rooted and in yards. Trees everywhere. It is hard to explain. The worst was many survived that and then got 12 hours of rain. I saw pictures from my neighbor. From their front door to my front door was water..it was a lake. One lady had to be rescued by canoe. It was up to their knees on their own curbs. We had put up sandbags and got lucky. We have a back side door that goes to our sunroom/baby's playroom. Some water seeped in to get the area carpet..that we removed to dry out.. but besides that the house was perfect...oh and 2 feet of water in the garage I had to sweep out. My neighbors had been really kind and collected all our limbs and laid them in front of the house. Massive amount. Our big, beautiful oak tree, which is gorgeous, lost many limbs and foliage but is still well and in tact. We got lucky too that we cut half our pecan last week that was dead and the other half remained upright. So no damage, just no electricity. Weather is beautiful so we just had candles last night and slept with windows open. We do have hot water and all. We walked some of the blocks last night and there were trees through roofs. I have a friend in a neighborhood next to us that has 6 mos old twins and their house was totaled by a tree through the middle.
One funny story was that my brother in law, who stayed and who lives a few blocks from us, rode his bike to check on our house. My neighbor across the street thought he was a looter and pulled a gun on him and his friend..lol. Told him he would verify his identity with us and to get back home and hunker down because it was still windy and raining.
So overall we got lucky and I feel grateful that we had a great weekend with nice weather in Austin. We have a gas top stove so we can light it and still make soup, etc. We also have our grill and alot of food we bought before and after the storm..alot fo milk on ice for the baby.
Also, from about Brenham into Houston if coming 290, lines for gas with sheriffs and state troopers surrounding the places to make sure there is no trouble.
What I find troubling about all of this is that we left mainly because we have a 1 year old but many of my friends were defiant and cocky about staying..even with kids. I don't want a mass cluster like Rita but people need to learn that even without electricity, sitting around with kids is no good. Luckily we enjoyed Austin before coming back. Just get out next time..it isn't worth it.