Monday, September 20, 2004

Back to Normal for Some

Well I am back at work today and things are getting back to normal in Mobile. There are still a lot of people without power and the schools will not be back open for a while because they are still being used as shelters. We were very lucky. Gulf Shores and Pensacola were not so lucky. They have horrible damage and it will take months to get back to normal. It is amazing. They are less that an hour from here. I found some pictures of the damage there.

A big rig is partly submerged after running into a collapsed section of a bridge over Escambia Bay north of Pensacola, Fla., on Thursday, shortly after Hurricane Ivan stormed ashore. Rescue crew found the body of driver on Friday. Nobody is sure as to why he was driving across the bridge during the worst part of the storm.

A boat, washed ashore by Hurricane Ivan, lies next to the highway in Orange Beach, Ala., Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004. Hurricane Ivan made landfall close to the town. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)

Debris and floodwaters cover the main road leading to the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004. Hurricane Ivan caused widespread damage in the town, located on a barrier island off Alabama's coast. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Keith Swayer checks the damage to his home caused by Hurricane Ivan Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, on Oriole beach in Gulf Breeze, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

A man rides his bicycle past a collapsed building in Pensacola, Florida after Hurricane Ivan.(AFP/Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

A Florida state bridge inspector looks at the destroyed bridge from Gulf Breeze, Florida to Pensacola Beach September 16, 2004. Hurricane Ivan brought a surge of water off the Gulf of Mexico into the bridge ripping parts of it out. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

A fish lies on the road after being washed ashore in Gulf Breeze, Florida a half mile from the water September 16, 2004. Ivan had killed 68 people in a deadly trek through the Caribbean over the past 10 days and its eye hurtled ashore in the early hours near Gulf Shores, Alabama, just west of Florida's panhandle. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Sheila Webb looks through what remains of the mobile home where her uncle James Marshall and his wife Mary Lee Marshall lived in Blountstown, Florida, September 16, 2004. James and Mary Lee Marshall, both correctional officers at Calhoun County Correctional Institute, died when a tornado spawned from Hurricane Ivan destroyed their home Wednesday night. Photo by Carrie Niland/Reuters

Sarah Brown (lower R) views the rubble of her dress shop in the historic district in downtown Pensacola, Florida September 18, 2004. The front of the building collapsed as Hurricane Ivan swept through the area. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

Mike Dungan checks the damage to his home from on top of a wall in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. AP

Waves crash against a sailboat lodged under a bridge in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. AP

An Exxon gas station was under water in Mobile, Ala. AP


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