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.