Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene and Sandbags

As just about no one was planning to go to work today, I decided to take the day off and make it a long weekend. The city is preparing for Irene... sandbags are available about 6 blocks from our house. We drove by and the line of cars was ridiculously long. So we decided to hope for the best and came back home, parked across the street so the car is within view, and away from any trees. While driving through the city, there is a more obvious police presence. Sandbags have been placed around the vent grids above metro stops, and on top of smaller objects to keep them from blowing away. The Martin Luther King Memorial dedication has been cancelled, but the area was busy with pedestrian traffic and the scaffolding is still up- or maybe they're taking it down? And of course, there is always a nay sayer warning everyone that the end of the world is near. This particular one had a classy burlap sign to remind us all of our sins and scare us straight. The vehicle traffic was very heavy all around- people are leaving to go who knows where. I guess we will just take each day as it comes and hope for the best. There's not much else one can do. Maybe we should fill the bathtub with water.
The end is near

At the Martin Luther King Memorial site...putting up or taking down?

Secure the potential moving objects

Sandbags and police

Too long a line to get sandbags... let's hope the drain works well by the patio

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