I've been continuing my writing experiment with the platform Medium, and have published several articles there. I'll update the Articles & Essays section on my website here so you can take a look, if you'd like.
But the big news so far this month has been the remnants of the storm Ida hitting the Northeast. In Connecticut, we had flooding in our basement and the nearby (actual) river overflowed and created a (pseudo) river in our yard, knocking down one of our neighbor's fences and also breaking the garage door of our other neighbor, due to the massive force of the water. It was quite something to see (...I say in hindsight, looking back and knowing we're okay. At the time, I was completely freaking out).
The good news for us is that there was nothing we lost in our basement or garage this time, and we never lost power. After the flood 3 years ago that filled our basement with 5-6 feet of water, we don't use the downstairs for storage anymore. Our garage back then also got filled with about 3 feet of water, but only got a tiny bit of water by the door this time. Even though the water outside was higher and swifter than that flood 3 years ago, we had less damage because we'd taken more preventative measures. And after the flood this time, we know what extra measures to take for next time.
My heart goes out to everyone who lost more, including the families who lost loved ones. It makes me think about what went wrong and why none of us were prepared for what happened.
One problem was that the warnings were inadequate; Hurricane Henri was a week before this storm, and everyone seemed to prepare only for that storm. After announcements and warnings and government emergency declarations for Henri, which turned out to be a nothingburger, everyone I knew (including myself) expected Ida to bring a bit of rain, and that's it. We kept on seeing news reports talking about New Orleans, and we didn't worry about ourselves, since the storm (supposedly) would peter out over land.
But that was not the case, and we got caught in a disaster. I hope that next time we won't be, but I'm happy to say that my outlook for all future storms will be: hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with over a hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. If the Walking Dead isn't on, I draw pictures and do origami meditation in Connecticut, where I live with my family. If the Walking Dead is on... shhhh! The Walking Dead is on! For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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