Posted by MMMMarcia on September 20, 1999 at 15:15:30:
Yippeeeeeeee...more good news today! Just got off the phone from a nice long chat with Diana. She has survived Floyd, and her home has not sustained damage. She is, however, trapped on the north side of the river by very high flood waters, and may not be able to get to work for as long as two weeks or so. (Her office is on the SOUTH side of the river!)
For those who think Floyd is over and gone, let me tell you, it ain't so! The areas of severe flooding are apparently horrendous, and hundreds upon hundreds of homes are completely lost. Diana said the water isn't expected to reach it's highest point until tonight, when it is predicted to reach 30 feet!! Several people who work for her had to be helicoptered out of their flooded homes, shelters are still filled to overflowing with people who have no homes left to return to, and fish are swimming in the streets. The Greenville area is very hard hit, and President Clinton was just there today. This is the worst flood maybe EVER in that part of the world, and it has even reached the 500-year flood plain level.
Luckily, neither Diana nor Cecelia lost anything but their electrical power, which is still out and will be for a good while yet, probably. As I mentioned, Diana can't get to any stores, and is living pretty much on what she had in the pantry. She has discovered that even a 4-wheel has its limits when the water is deep and trees are laying across the roads and power lines are down.
I hope you folks who know what sweet people Diana & Cecelia are will say a prayer of thanks that they were spared, and will also send prayers to those who are still stranded & waiting to be airlifted out of danger, and those who have lost their homes & possessions. We in Florida were certainly blessed when Floyd passed us by!
Diana also asked me to tell you all how much she misses reading your posts daily, and to thank Rich for his decision to keep everything going here. She said, and I quote, "If I had managed to survive Floyd, but got back to work to find Mohicanland gone, it would have just been the last straw!!"
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