Thursday, December 6, 2007

A Personal Note – THE BIG STORM

As many know, I live on the SW Washington coast, and a big storm hit us Sunday afternoon, lasting through Monday evening. Winds here got up to 104 mph, and just south of us up to 129 mph. It was pretty scary at times; 6 large trees on my property came down, 3 blocking my drive-way, but all missed my home and my guest-house. Power was out for 2 ½ days, and internet service was lost until this morning. Though we got 4 inches of rain, there was no flooding in our area—unlike so many other nearby regions that were hit with 12 plus inches of rain, causing severe flooding.

The storm was the largest I have been in since the great Columbus Day storm of 1962 (THE BIG BLOW), when I was but a very young boy living in the central Willamette Valley.

Anyway, just thought I would briefly share a few comments on this somewhat dramatic event.

Grace and peace,



Christopher Smith said...

Glad you're ok

David Waltz said...


Thanks much for your concern.

Grace and peace,


P.S. Any luck on that Trinity Journal essay?

Anonymous said...

Hey Dave,

Did I tell you about how I-5 was abandoned on my trip to Morton on Tuesday? I was pulling a set of doubles to the plant and the last exit open before you get to Chehalis (flooded) was the 68 (US 12) which is where I usually get off. Oregon DOT was redirecting everyone who wanted to go to Seattle to go all the way to Hermiston on I-84, north to Yakima and Ellensburg before finally heading east on I-90. Only a ten hour trip instead of three for a truck! Anyway, it was real strange (and nice) being almost the only rig on what is otherwise a very congested strip of I-5 where it narrows to two lanes.

I was a first grader on a field trip to Alpenrose Dairy in Portland for the Columbus Day Storm. Since I grew up on a dairy, I easily found the storm to be more memorable than the cows. Heh.

See you on Saturday.


CrimsonCatholic said...

I'm also glad to hear you are safe. It's funny how it turns out to be a good experience in some ways if you aren't seriously harmed by the storm, just because it gets you out of your comfort zone. You just feel bad for all the folks who aren't so lucky.