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…Continued from Part One by Kim Barry

This is the point at which I want to interrupt my story to explain what I wish I had done prior to the storm in preparation. Because I think it could be helpful to some people.

First of all… fact….tropical storms wreck havoc on anything below sea level.

Houstonians just learned this (many of whom didn’t have flood insurance); New Orleans learned it when the levees broke, and I learned it when my neighborhood got washed out.  It *almost* doesn’t matter how far away from the ocean you live when a tropical storm hits you, if your home/town is below sea level.  The rain doesn’t stop, rivers overflow, and before you know it the streets are underwater.  So, if you live in a low-lying area and a tropical storm is threatening, just pack up your stuff and be safe.

Anyway, these are some things that I wish I had packed (besides just a change of clothing!) when we were evacuated:

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