Longleaf Stories

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Denny (friend, author and former “Book of Life” blogger) and Kathleen are back in their Vero Beach home, at last, three weeks after evacuating because of Hurricane Frances. They wanted you all to know they are safe.

Here are Denny’s own words, describing a part of their experience:


This morning we had electricity in the house for the first time in 15
days, and now I’ve got my computer up and running again. With Frances
threatening, we went to Savannah to wait it out. Six days later, we
returned to the mess. Slowly, day by day, the town is cleaning itself
up. Until today we’ve been staying with friends who got power back


Vero Beach took quite a hit from Frances. It was a Cat 2 hurricane
that took its time moving through. We were pretty lucky, even though
the storm surge pushed water up to our front door. Other people in
Vero Beach were less fortunate. Roofs blown off. Homes flooded.

The house is intact with no structural damage. About a hundred roof
shingles blew off. The south-facing sun room is lower than the other
rooms and water came in through the sliding glass door. Had to trash
the carpet and maybe there’s some furniture damage. Were trying to
keep mold and mildew from invading now.

The major damage for us was outside. The massive oak tree that shaded
the whole front yard fell over into the street. Also five palm trees
fell, as well as numerous bushes…a combination of water-soaked
ground and relentless wind. It was expensive to have that cut up and
hauled away. The cut-up trees and debris covered the entire front of
our property six feet high for several days. And now the front yard is
totally screwed up by front loader tracks. The past four-five days
have been an amazing physical effort to clear things up in the heat
and humidity. I discovered how good Gatorade tastes. Yesterday I
filled my 75th bag of debris and called it quits. So the front yard is
a total loss, and we’ll have to start over there.

I don’t have the insurance figured out yet, but I expect the bottom
line will be significantly negative. Another way to look at the bottom
line is that we still have an intact home and we’re going to be fine.
In fact, with the power on again, the feeling is that things are
returning to normal.

Thanks for thinking about us…and please let others know we’re okay.





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