quite a week here in Central Virginia, all the Studebaker trucks in the area are safe and sound.
We were subjected to three huge events during the week here in Locust Grove (about 60 miles from the Chesapeake Bay and 65 miles south of DC). Last Tuesday we had a 5.8 earthquake centered in Mineral, Va about 35 miles south of us. I happened to be in the Town of Louisa (our home for 43 years) eating lunch in the local Chinese restaruant when it hit. Did much damage there- the High School (where I served as Principal 40+ years ago) and one of the elementary schools probably are unsalvageble. Many of my friends had house damage (particulary chimneys and basements) and loss of most antique glass/pottery collections and crystal sets. My church was heavily damaged but can be rebuilt. Not the damage the West usually has, but for the East, an abnormal happening.
My wife was home alone when the quake struck and she was really shook up. I regret that I wasn't here.
Then on Thursday, while waiting for Irene, we had a very destructive summer storm that hit our community. A lot of tree damage, five cars crushed, seven homes were hit by falling trees, four roofs cracked, and a lot of debris to clean up. Power out for about 15 hours for most residents. We were lucky, our power came back in 10 hours.
Then on Saturday, Irene showed up about 10 AM and brought a lot of rain over the next 20 hours. Again, trees and streams suffered most.
All in all, we were very lucky compared to other parts of the East Coast. These are unusual events for Central Virginia, so three events in one week put people on edge, especially my wife and dog. We're OK. Frank
Posted on Aug 31, 2011, 5:27 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199