Thursday, October 06, 2005


We're only six letters away from finishing the alphabet in naming storms and hurricane season isn't over yet. I don't think we've ever gone all the way up to "T". Here in Jacksonville, we haven't had a hit since 1964 and Dora caused a lot of damage then.

Apparently, Atlantic Beach, about a mile east of our house, was really bad at keeping records back then. About three years ago they did some road improvements and estimated two jobs in particular to take only days. One was on Sherry drive where they had planned to just resurface the potholed street. As they took up the old tarmac they found row upon row of palm tree trunks lined up side by side down the street. They were befuddled. Finally a local resident who had been through hurricane Dora told them the city had put them there to fortify the street from flooding and washing away after Dora. They decided it was a bad idea that the trunks were there and the job took nearly four months to clear them away before they could put in the new street. Everyone who lived down that way had to take the long way home for what seemed like forever and the right lane of traffic on the main road was blocked the whole time. Awful traffic snarls there for freakin' ever.

Then about six months after that job they decided that another part of the same main road leading traffic away from the beach was about to collapse because an old duct underneath that directed water away from the neighborhoods to the north was about to fall apart. When they tore up the street to fortify the duct they found an old collapsed bridge underneath the road that prevented them from getting to the duct. Again, they were befuddled and another long-time resident told them, "Yeah, you dumbkoffs, there used to be a small bridge here before Dora." So that job, which was supposed to take a week or two turned into almost three months.

I can't believe their record keeping was so bad that the city didn't even know what work it had done to repair damages after the big storm. And bear in mind too, this is the route I have taken to work for eight years. It took me twice as long to get to work for over six months and I only live 4 miles from work.

Who knows what other problems they ran into north of the main road while "upgrading" their roads that I was unaware of. Can't wait to see their next screw up.


At 10/06/2005 03:52:00 PM, Blogger Carola said...

Actually we only have Vince and Wilma left before we go Greek. I wonder if we'll make it to Alpha before November 30.

At 10/06/2005 07:59:00 PM, Blogger A Person said...

You mean we won't have an "Ursula" or a "Zelda"? Why that's preposterous.

At 10/07/2005 07:36:00 AM, Blogger Carola said...

I know, I was hoping for a Ursula, Xavier, Yolanda and Zelda. Only 7.5ish weeks of hurricane season left. This has been a long season


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