Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Power came on last night for me. It was a long 11 days without it. There are still 200,000 people without so I feel lucky. Things are getting back to normal, sort of. There are still over 900 traffic signals out so the driving is still adventurous. Gas stations have basically re-opened since the station owners became smart enough to realize that if they bought generators to run the pumps they could make a lotta bucks. Stores are about half-stocked but getting better. Piles of debris still line the streets but they are working on clean-up - there is just so much it will take a while. Two of the nearby golf courses have opened up 9 holes for play while they work at cleaning up the other nine. In the very hard-hit areas there are still poles and transformers lying in the streets and those folks have a long wait for power. Schools will resume next week and there have been over 2,300 houses and apartments condemned in ft. Lauderdale. People have been given hours to salvage whatever they can and move out - to who knows where. Many have gone to the Red Cross shelters which are all set up in school buildings so when school re-opens they are out. My heart goes out to them.
Life goes on.....as does the recovery process.