My good friend, Aaron Reed, with the Texas Department of Wildlife is not only a top drawer writer but a pretty good photographer as well. I saw him in a news broadcast on TV and contacted him to share some of his thoughts and feelings on Hurricane Ike. Aaron was dispatched from Austin with a group of Texas Game Wardens who came to Bolivar and surrounding areas for search and rescue. They are uniquely suited for this task not only because of their training, but because they have airboats, 4WD vehicles, and marsh buggys that can go where other vehicles can't. Aaron is too consumed with the recovery process to log on right now, so he wanted me to pass along some first hand photos that he and others took from the first morning after Ike passed through Glcrest and Anahuak up until yesterday afternoon. He is featured in photo #41 removing a disgruntled Cotton Mouth. Some more of my favorites are
#2 of a couple of real survivors
#88 of a van that was split right down the middle
#151 of traffic control Ike-style
#154 of a real dead end
and my favorite of all...the ultimate evacuation route, #9 in the first group
These pics not only show the awful fury and power of this storm, but some of the ironies in any disaster. He's putting together some stories of some of the folks he met and the sights he saw that he said he would share with us when things settle down for him.
I hope you like the pics as much as I do...