Howdy and stuff. Power came back around 16:30 today.
We lost power Saturday early, right around 00:30ish and that banshee breath was howling like mad. When the winds shifted from West to East, Ike managed to push a portion of the roof I replaced in 2006 inwards and up...just a smidge as some of the support planks in the attic are now a bit bent. That was pretty much the only structural, aside from a very small leak from an attic vent, and all the shifting did was to pop a 2-window bank out of true, so the frame itself leaks. That's fixable. Other than that, it just knocked over our wooden backyard fence, snapping the 4x4 supports at ground level (they go down an extra two feet). Since the fence was not insured, I've been slowly dismantling it as well as clearing the downed limbs and general debris.
Was hardly any rain here from Ike proper. Whole lotta wind, but not much rain. That came Sunday morning when the Canadian cold front moved in and fired off some frogchokers from the leftover tropical moisture in the Gulf. We got a couple of inches here, while North Houston got more than a foot. Several hours were spent after the last drop hit clearing water grates and curbside gutters so overflowing ditches and flooded sections could drain properly. There were about five of us moving up and down blocks with leaf and garden rakes pulling debris either higher up the pavement or up-and-over the curb. We got off very very lightly compared to other areas in town.
But we had potable water, tub filled two-third's way with a cap of Bleach for 'general use', and gas through it all, so this time wasn't nearly as onerous as most of the Houstonians were facing. Especially once I started boiling coffee on the range.
For reference, we're in Angleton being roughly 45 miles south of Houston, 45 miles south-west of Galveston and about 20 miles or so west of Freeport and Surfside.