As most of you know, Ike created total devastation throughout Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas.
Adam, my dad, and brother Chase stayed behind to weather out the storm here in Sulphur. “The Weather Warriors” , as they’d like to be called after staying for 2 hurricanes, videoed Ike hitting over here, and then the aftermath of damage and SEVERE flooding that everyone has suffered with. Mom & I got the play by play while staying with my Aunt in Lafayette. “The water is rising in the neighborhood!” “It’s up to the mailboxes down the road!” “They’ve just barricaded our neighborhood and the street right in front of our house.” OMG. I was freakin’. 1/2 of our neighborhood flooded. Homes, cars, everything. From the tiniest and quietest little gully that runs behind the neighborhood about a 1/2 mile away.
When we took out the policy on our home two years ago, State Farm required flood insurance. I was sooo mad. “Why?!?!” “We don’t have water ANYWHERE around us!” “This is so stupid.” Well, I was swallowing those words on Saturday. I couldn’t have been more relieved to know that if our home was flooded from that “tiny gully”, we could (eventually) bounce back and be fine.
According to the Weather Warriors, the water continued to rise – quickly – creeping closer to our house, reaching all the way to our neighbors’ yard across the street until it finally subsided. Thank you, God.
Good news – the studio is fine and Ariel and I are back up and running today (Tuesday).
The bad news: our lab is in Orange, Texas.
I’ve been calling since yesterday and haven’t gotten an answer. I have the manager’s cell and I left him a voicemail this morning, just asking for an update on just how bad it looks and when they could possible re-open.
I’m working with Christina Louvierre, who is one of my best friends, on trying to find an alternate lab if I get a call back stating they will be closed for an extended period of time. Don’t worry! Something WILL happen and your prints and orders will go on and everything will be fine. It just may take me a few days to find the right alternate lab that can continue to produce the superior quality that I’ve been spoiled to for the past three years.
Please bear with me. I, too, am trying not to totally freak out. lol
ON A BETTER NOTE: The weather today is AWESOME!!! I was walking to my parents’ for coffee at 7:00 this morning and it was an amazing 61 degrees!!! Yay!
**UPDATE: I just spoke with the lab. They had over 13 inches of water. 18 wheelers & a crew of men are working on moving everything out and draining the building. Prints are swollen, wet, and damaged. They are looking at a recovery time of a few months. I just want to cry. 😦 So, as of right now, I definately need to find an alternate lab.