Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What About Matagorda?

Thank you for the concern, prayers and thoughts you extended to us during hurricane Ike. We are home now and all is well--no damage to our house and the electricity is working.

After a busy day of putting everything back to normal at home, we decided to take a drive to Matagorda to see how things fared there.

Our first stop was the launch site for McNab Lake. The water was high. You cannot even see the channel anymore.


The picture below shows how it normally looks.



We were happy to see our favorite restaurant, Spoonbills, is in good shape. Wind damage did not appear to be significant in Matagorda. It fared well in that respect, even better than our town.


In place of the usual Spoonbills sign was this one. It sums up how we all feel about Ike.


On the way to the beach we began to see the results of the tidal surge. It was obvious that the water had come up high enough to cover the road. Lots of debris from the river was left behind. The road had been cleared, but the piles remain.


In some places the debris mounds are taller than me.


Our favorite RV park is closed for now, at least until the debris can be removed.


I was expecting to see some of the same on the beach, but it was clear and clean looking.


However, the surge did damage the dunes. Here you can see how the water cut into them.


All in all, Matagorda is in very good shape. At one point, hurricane Ike was projected to hit Matagorda directly. All the horrible pictures of destruction you've been seeing of Galveston could have been Matagorda, only worse because there is no seawall for protection.


Our town would have been heavily impacted as well. We were very fortunate.

20 comments:

  1. Wow! Glad to hear Matagorda faired well! Still keeping the whole region in my prayers!

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  2. Thank you for sharing Matagorda with us as I have wondered how it fared. My heart goes out to the towns and people who were impacted so greatly. Ike was a mean one!

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  3. Welcome home to you and John. So glad you're OK -- may the recovery begin in earnest for the others, as well.

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  4. I'm glad your little part of the world was spared the worst of Ike.

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  5. I'm glad you're home safe and sound. I'm glad your beautiful area was not greatly affected.

    Also keeping all the folks in the area who were affected in our prayers. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

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  6. Enjoyed your blog. Glad you didn't have a lot of Ike damage.

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  7. Glad to see some things kind of looking okay. Whew, what a week.

    What a sky in that last shot. Wow.

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  8. I'm glad to see that your favorite spot was spared. That's wonderful news.
    Love the pictures as usual.

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  9. I'm glad that your niche of the world was safe - though the horrible damage done in Galveston is heart breaking. many thoughts go out to soothe the souls of those directly in Ike's path.
    Glad that all is well where you are.

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  10. So glad you made it through the storm and that the damage was minimal to you. I don't think anyone likes Ike do they?

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  11. Amazing! Was so concerned about it hitting there. Glad it wasn't so bad! Too bad for your neighbors though. It's hard to imagine such wide and total devastation as they've been showing on tv.

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  12. Isn't it funny how the beach is clear & clean.....

    Enjoyed the pictures - & again, glad you all are safe!

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  13. I am so glad that Mother Nature spared your family and Matagorda for the most part, and in time, the normal winds and rain will smooth out all the rough edges Ike left behind. I'll look forward to seeing more pictures.

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  14. So very glad you are home and safe...I was wondering how you were there! Those sky photos are incredibly beautiful...We're just back from travels, and getting over the jet lag--hopfeully soon, LOL! Great to catch up with you here. So glad you are safe, my friend! ((HUGS))

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  15. Though my heart does break for those in areas who lost so much, I am so very relieved that Matagorda and Spoonbills survived. I've grown quite fond of seeing the beach in your pictures, and hearing of Spoonbills in your posts.

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  16. I'm so glad your area suffered lightly - and that the toll of human suffering was not any higher than it is.

    Love the sky in the last picture - so hopeful!

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  17. Glad you and family are safe.

    Was praying for you...thanks for the update :-)

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  18. Very glad your family is okay! Hope all the clean up moves swiftly.

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  19. I'm glad the damage to your area was minimal. That looks like a neat restaurant.

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  20. You were very fortunate indeed. There can be so much discouraging news around, it is good to see things from a positive viewpoint and some of your photos are quite moving.

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~Tracy