Storm Damage

“He causes the clouds to arise from the end of the earth,
makes lightning bolts accompany the rain,
and brings the wind out of his storehouses.”
(Psalm 135:7)

The SOWER office is usually closed Friday through Sunday, keeping with normal SOWER project work hours. Monday was the Memorial Holiday. We knew we would have a large backlog of work because of our four days off. However, Tuesday AM we had a huge thunderstorm blow through east Texas.

Trees were uprooted, large branches snapped and power was knocked out from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to Houston to the Louisiana state line and beyond. The office was without power. So much for our backlog of work and getting caught up on Tuesday! As we watched the 70+ mph winds rage from the office, visitors staying in the SOWER RV park were able to relocate to the SOWER storm shelter. There were reports the winds exceeded 100 mph in some areas.

The office was without power until Wednesday evening. During the power outage, there was not much we could do. We did have a chainsaw, but when it would not start we discovered why: the rubber, priming bulb was ruptured. We did our best with a cordless Sawzall to cut up the downed tree until that battery died.

Thankfully, we had sufficient battery capacity on our trailer, a propane fridge, and cooler temperatures so we didn’t need our air conditioner. This prevented us from draining our battery down too much; we only drained the battery bank down to 60% state of charge by the time power was restored. However, when we got into the office Thursday morning we had an even larger backlog of emails awaiting our attention.

In addition to all the office work, on Friday we drove to Allen, TX (100 miles west of us) to continue getting things ready to sell our home. We gathered up more of our things to store here in Lindale and helped our daughter pack a few more things. After a birthday celebration dinner with her in Allen, TX, we headed home.

Even though we have a wonderful RV shelter under which we are parked, the intense afternoon sun heats up the side of our trailer where our RV fridge is located. This impacts both the fridge’s ability to cool efficiently and it also heats the basement area. Saturday, we installed a sunscreen on the west side of the RV shelter. We barely got it installed before another rather violent thunderstorm blew past us as it raced toward Louisiana! Thankfully the sunshade stayed in place and has already proven it will keep the side of our trailer cooler.

Sunday afternoon we slipped over to the office to see what kind of backlog we would have on Monday morning. Katie noted over 350 emails that need to be dealt with, mostly assignments for winter projects that became available over the weekend. We’ve learned to take things one day at a time, or one click at a time. Such is a SOWER’s life! 🤠🤗

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