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Old 09-17-2020, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by mwgoldman View Post
This storm was rough. The wind lasted forever on top of rain that just sat here pouring for 24 hours, it put a hurting on the area. Baldwin County is a disaster. Trees down everywhere. Power lines down. The hospitals are running off generators. We just got power back and I am amazed. I don't care what I pay in power bills form here on out. Its worth every penny to have the response we've seen around here.

Im proud of what happened after the storm. Neighbors helped neighbors, people with no reason to help got out on Wednesday morning and started cutting trees out of the road. Doing what I could it was still today until I could get out of my immediate area and get to a main road. Even then we are having to go around trees to get a mile from the house.

We've still got a lot of work to do but we will keep going.
Good luck with the storm. Here is a bit of advice from someone who went through Michael. Go ahead and make some No Trespassing signs and put them up on your driveway. The tree removal people will be there knocking on your door within days. After that the roofing companies.

There are some honest tree removal people, but you probably won't see many of them. The rest of them are scumbags trying to separate you from as much money as possible.

Here is a thread with some advice that I posted as an insurance adjuster.

Advice from insurance adjuster ahead of hurricane


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Old 09-17-2020, 06:46 PM
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We are on the southeastern corner of Mobile Bay, where the ICW enters. Bleeping wind blew forever, condo shook, but held together. Best anemometer records nearby showed continuous winds at hurricane force for 4-5 hours, peaking around 90mph for an hour or more, and gusts to 109. The eye finally came over, we went outside sometime in the early morning to look for damage and check on neighbors. We all went inside when the backside winds started, and they howled our of the west. I watched waves break on, then over our seawall, and the surge reached the parking level of our unit. The surge threw close to 100 pieces of rip-rap onto the lawn area, and many of those pieces weighed way more than 50 pounds. Our marina has 184 slips, and probably half were occupied. A couple of boats were dinged, and many of the finger piers lost boards, but this storm was much less violent than Ivan. Some units lost roofs and windows, and lots of trees, but most of the damage is quickly repairable even without power. We have seen photos and heard stories of damage throughout Baldwin County, so getting power restored may be a long time away.
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Originally Posted by weatherman View Post
We are on the southeastern corner of Mobile Bay, where the ICW enters. Bleeping wind blew forever, condo shook, but held together. Best anemometer records nearby showed continuous winds at hurricane force for 4-5 hours, peaking around 90mph for an hour or more, and gusts to 109. The eye finally came over, we went outside sometime in the early morning to look for damage and check on neighbors. We all went inside when the backside winds started, and they howled our of the west. I watched waves break on, then over our seawall, and the surge reached the parking level of our unit. The surge threw close to 100 pieces of rip-rap onto the lawn area, and many of those pieces weighed way more than 50 pounds. Our marina has 184 slips, and probably half were occupied. A couple of boats were dinged, and many of the finger piers lost boards, but this storm was much less violent than Ivan. Some units lost roofs and windows, and lots of trees, but most of the damage is quickly repairable even without power. We have seen photos and heard stories of damage throughout Baldwin County, so getting power restored may be a long time away.
glad yall made it through safely, was wondering about you guys over there......yall need anything, shoot me a PM and we will get it to yall
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Old 09-17-2020, 07:11 PM
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Yeah, we've had the first tree removal guys showing up. First group was from Naples FL. I guess its good to see them working. Haven't seen the roofers yet.
Old 09-18-2020, 06:36 AM
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i know one thing ill have a generator sitting ready for the rest of my days on the coast. i finally got one set up yesterday and got the portable AC unit from our camp trailer. i have one cord running my office, one running the AC and fans and one running the coffee pot and fridge. were doing good now (in midtown mobile) most all of the power is still out all over town but it wasnt near as bad here as we thought it was going to be. i went to Lost Key in pensacola wed after the storm left to check on my dads condo and its bad over there, condo was just wet inside, but the marina is totally gone nothing but pilings left. all of the 20 or so boats left in the water are either broken up on the bottom or in the parking lot/pool/yard. looks like all of OB is the same way. if you guys need anything from over this way were gonna try and get some supplies together (if we can find any) i think mobile will get power back before anyone. Lower Baldwin County is going to take a while. i heard Baldwin EMC guy say they counted 43000 trees on power lines!!!
Old 09-18-2020, 07:19 AM
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We got pretty lucky at our house on the island. I lost a few sheets of plywood that closed in the bottom of the house and had some leaks in the roof and/or widows, but structurally we seem to be ok for now. I don't mean to minimize what others are dealing with after the storm when I ask this question, but I'm fairly new to coastal living so here goes: What steps do I need to take to minimize damage? I went down a couple of days ago and scooped out all the wet insulation where leaks ran down the framing and opened some windows and attic access to let the house air out. I didn't have leaks so bad that the sheetrock gave way and created holes in the ceiling, but it was wet next to the walls in the attic. We have no power of course and don't know when we will, but I will try to get a generator down this weekend to run a dehumidifier or two, or should I just call SERVPRO or somebody like that?
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Originally Posted by flyjag View Post
We got pretty lucky at our house on the island. I lost a few sheets of plywood that closed in the bottom of the house and had some leaks in the roof and/or widows, but structurally we seem to be ok for now. I don't mean to minimize what others are dealing with after the storm when I ask this question, but I'm fairly new to coastal living so here goes: What steps do I need to take to minimize damage? I went down a couple of days ago and scooped out all the wet insulation where leaks ran down the framing and opened some windows and attic access to let the house air out. I didn't have leaks so bad that the sheetrock gave way and created holes in the ceiling, but it was wet next to the walls in the attic. We have no power of course and don't know when we will, but I will try to get a generator down this weekend to run a dehumidifier or two, or should I just call SERVPRO or somebody like that?
Do it yourself. Any wet insulation or drywall is trashed so pull it out. Carpet can be dried out if itís a small area but the pad underneath can not.

I had experience with ServPro after Harvey and was not impressed. This was on huge multi-family projects with lots of $$$ on the table. From what I understand, they are a franchise based operation so the quality of service varies WIDELY from one group to the next. Really all they did that was any value to me was provide blower fans and dehumidifiers. We needed so many I would have had trouble finding enough myself so I will give them that.

Day laborers can do the demo work but if itís just a single family dwelling it can be handled in-house. I have done three water damage gut jobs. Two were floor level leaks that I did most of the work myself. The third was my momís house after Harvey that was a total gut job top to bottom. Had lots of help with that one and was hella thankful for it.

Just gotta eat the elephant one bite at a time.
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Brandon,sent you a FB message
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Old 09-19-2020, 09:30 AM
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Still trying to assess damage from a few media sources posted in the wild. T-top is clearly ruined, haven’t seen the transom, praying there is no structural damage and boat can be extracted and repaired. Best footage I have seen so far...
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Originally Posted by cgull View Post
Still trying to assess damage from a few media sources posted in the wild. T-top is clearly ruined, havenít seen the transom, praying there is no structural damage and boat can be extracted and repaired. Best footage I have seen so far... https://youtu.be/TTNM1qvjjo8
it will be totalled by the time they get it out of the racks.
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Don't expect any boats to survive removal from that dry stack, unless you can get in their with some equipment and get it before the real work starts. Cheapest route for the marina's insurance is to put everything in dumpsters from one end to the other. They do not care about your boats coverage at this point.

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