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Thursday, May 9, 2013

#prayforwest

First of all, I'm finally back after wedding/honeymoon and the disaster...
Three days before what is to be the happiest day of my life disaster struck my family and hometown.
I'm sure most of you are well aware of the situation, but to refresh your memory on April 17, 2013 a fertilizer plant in the small Central Texas town of West exploded. Hundreds of people were injured, many died, and hundreds of people lost their homes. It was a disastrous night, and almost even worse in the days following. The night itself was horrific. My mom called immediately when the explosion happened in a frantic, horrific state, of course I panicked. Charlie and I immediately headed over to West, we live about 12 miles away. I begged my family to evacuate their home, as a home very nearby was engulfed in flames and the wind was wild.

 Smoke Charlie & I saw entering town.

Turned out, we had no choice but to evacuate them. It turned out to be a good thing, as the structure of their home, the home I grew up in, was no longer livable and deemed destroyed. We evacuated them that night, grabbing just the bare necessities, and took them to Charlie & mine's home. It would be another 5 days before they could return home.

 Photo of the plant (right) and intermediate school (left)
that I snapped upon entering town.

In the mean time, there was a wedding to be held. I was in knots. What do we do? How can we go on? It was my parents that insisted we continue on our wedding day (and honeymoon) exactly as planned, and that's just what we did. I think the day turned out to be even more special because we were reminded how quickly life can be stolen from us. (I'll give more details of our day in another post.) My parents & brothers continued to stay at in home while we were gone, and as soon as we returned from our honeymoon we fully set up an apartment we had been working on in our shop behind our house. For now, they are happy, healthy, and even able to sleep in their own beds (which I know makes them feel so much better). Home wise, it is all a waiting game.

 My family's home on the news.
It does appear totaled to the naked eye, but you can see the bubble in the roof.
It has busted ceiling and floor joists.

Waiting for insurance, new loans, FEMA, etc. It will be a long recovery process for them, and the entire town. I have so much more that I'd like to share with you about that day and these last several weeks regarding the explosion, but I think my mind is drained of it. I will just share with you a couple of posts from Facebook I've posted over the last several weeks.









There are so many others in West who are far worse off than us, and I ask that you pray for them and those who lost their loved ones.
God Bless & #prayforwest
Dana




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