Sunday, March 4, 2012

Island Cove Update and Pictures

Another day comes to a close as we deal with the remnants of the disaster. I realize I was so scattered during my last post here, but that's exactly how my mind feels. The storm still rages on inside of all the Island Cove crew. We're living deep within a nightmare. I walk the property wondering how we all were spared. The damage is a mile from our home....Literally tragedy struck on three sides of our neighborhood. Just amazing...

This picture is approximately twenty minutes after the tornado. This is what is left of Hatteras dock. You can see Ryan trying to get onto the dock. We had a couple of people stranded on their boat. Ryan jumped onto a piece of dock floatation and paddled over to help. At that moment, we didn't know if he would find anyone severely hurt or worse.

This is by the road leading out to the back side of the marina towards N Dock, Captiva, Sanibel, and Hatteras. Pieces of the roof from the docks were twisted and tangled through the trees. It's like they were absolutely nothing but paper in this storm...

On the far right side of the picture is Freedom Dock. It had a little roof damage and was moved a bit, but seems to be okay at this time. Some boats may have damage from flying debris....

Amigos fared well! It held the most people during the tornado and God truly protected them!
There is some minor damage to the roof, but they have high hopes of reopening tomorrow.

This is Freedom Dock and what used to be the small private dock attached to one of the houses. It was completely flipped....

We had so many trees down...

People have asked us how they can help us at this time. The damage is so large and extensive that we are calling in licensed professionals that are trained to deal with this safely and effectively. We all completely understand that everyone wants to know how their boats fared through the storm, but we care more about keeping everyone safe. We are so blessed to have everyone come out of the disaster alive and we don't want to risk anyone's safety now. We are in the process of securing certain areas of the marina to ensure that every person stays as safe as possible. Please remain patient and understanding as we deal with this. Please do not attempt to cross our barracades as it can put you in harm's way. Please do not attempt to visit the marina by water because we have containment systems in place around the entire marina. Within the marina, we have submerged objects and you may not realize it until you hit them with your boat. We want to keep all of you safe! We truly appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

For my friends and family, I have been without my phone during all of this. If I have not answered you, please be patient with me as well. You don't know how much your prayers and thoughts for me and my family have meant to me over the past couple of days. Please continue to pray for us. We have a long, difficult journey ahead of us as we rebuild. Many of you know I have grown up around the marina for the last twenty years and this is devastating to all of us.




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