|Painted on boarded-up windows of downtown stores.|
Did you experience any natural disasters in your lifetime? Tell us about them.
Having spent most of the first 26 years of my life on or near coastal Texas, in Houston and Corpus Christi, hurricanes were often a threatening, impending disaster. I vaguely remember Dad hammering plywood up over the windows when I was young in preparation for various storms. But the one I remember most was Hurricane Allen in 1980.
This was a scary storm to watch approaching in satellite photos. The storm was HUGE, a Category 5 at most times, and completely filled the Gulf of Mexico. Corpus Christi residents began to prepare.
|Mark's boat, The Wagon, up on blocks on Shoreline Blvd.|
The storm came ashore late Saturday and early Sunday, August 9-10. There was a storm surge up to 12 feet high, flooding, and wind damage. The sounds of the storm were very frightening. We spent most of it in the basement of the police headquarters, up on the Bluff, answering phone calls from panicked citizens.
Monday, August 11, I went back to work - at the time, I was with the city's Park and Recreation Department. The power was out and it was hot and humid, so I wore shorts and a t-shirt to work. The first order of business was pushing a couple inches of water out of our offices (one block off the seawall) - I used a downed parking sign to push water. The wind and waves pushed boats in the marina up against the seawall.
Later that day I rode out with our parks superintendent to take photos of damage on Corpus Christi Beach (aka North Beach), where more than 200 buildings (about 75%) were destroyed and two people drowned (the only deaths directly attributable to the storm). Other parks damage included many fishing piers and the destruction of the City Marina office:
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