Ok so you may not be able to read this map, but the areas in red are the places still without power, five days after Hurricane Ike hit. Yes, that's 1.37 million people, or 61% of the greater Houston area. Even in my zipcode, which handled the storm better than other older neighborhoods, 14% of people are still without power. Thank God for cooler temperatures this week, otherwise things would be much worse.
FEMA is trying to help people out, with Points of Distribution all over the area for people to pick up a little bit of food, water, and ice. A few grocery stores and resturants are opening up and getting some food. Our stupid network TV stations are still not showing normal programming, except NBC last night showed some primetime TV including the Biggest Loser, thank goodness. I guess it's mainly because people need to know where to go to find help, and the TV stations are simulcast on the radio, which is how we survived during our power outage. It's how we had any idea where the eye of the storm was, etc.
I guess the financial markets are collapsing at the moment too, but right now we aren't paying much attention to that. My church has opened its doors every afternoon for people without power and I'm thinking of going over there to help cook and serve, etc. Our friends who stayed with us for several days did finally get power back to their homes, so that's wonderful. I really hope FEMA will help them pay their deductible for all their damage, but I don't know.
Oh, and I found another very tiny snake in our garage yesterday, but it was stuck to another glue trap and already dead.