The area that was hardest hit, as you probably know, was the city of Mexico Beach. Tragically Mexico Beach was also one of the most vulnerable areas, at least in my mind, with lots of older construction and one story homes near the water. It’s a town just a short drive from my house and it’s really sobering to see the extent of the devastation there. I can’t imagine the town will be able to fully recover from so much destruction, at least not anytime soon.
My property manager sent a link so I could see the house via satellite at least (no one is allowed into the area just yet except first responders). I really appreciate the gesture given that his own home must have been damaged as well, and his whole life has been thrown into chaos with the storm. It’s certainly above and beyond what I would expect.
In any case, here’s the state of the house:
I call this picture “Unreasonably Blessed” - remember the house was within 50 miles of the eyewall and approximately directly at the site of the highest recorded storm surges. Yes, we will clearly have to replace the stairs, and we might still have a lot of siding loss and other issues, but it could have been so much worse. For now I’m just appreciating having a place to call home still. We’ll sort out the rest of the details later.