Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Evacuate 2011 - Day 8
We have been out of the house for 8 days... It is hard to remember as the days all blend together. I still have not see any TV video or pictures of Eastwood Park, so I still am not sure how high the water is. Still hoping that it is not on the main floor. When not doing things at the radio station I have been at the Emergency Operation Center (EOC). I started answering phones and for the past week I have been supervising the Flood Hotline Information Call Center. We have anywhere from 6 to 25 people answering phones, fielding any questions that come in. This includes press calling from all over the country, directions on how to get from pont A to point B, concerns about anything flood related and sometimes just letting callers vent or talk to someone. The city has been haveing trouble with water lines and sewer lines breaking. We cannot find them as they are under water, up to 10 - 12 feet of water in some places. Everyone is on a "conserve" water restiction and a "boil" water order is in effect until we get contaminants in the water cleaned up. The only north - south artery is still the Bypass on the west side of town. when it is busy, the trip is about 2 hours.