• I was a young girl when Carla came through Victoria and because my father, Victor Heibel, stayed extremely calm through out the storm my siblings and myself were not afraid. I remember water flowing over our property 2-3 feet deep and my younger sister Leona and I were laying on the back porch and catching huge earth worms as they flowed past our porch so we could have bait for fishing. The wind blew so hard that some of our trees were laying on the side so when the eye came over and everything became quiet and sunny with strange birds flying above, I remember my dad trying to get the trees to stand upright again. When the eye went past us the wind blew the other direction and set the trees upright. I remember my dad going from one end of the house and garage the whole time fixing things as they became destroyed and everytime mother would look scared he would give her a sharp look not to scare us children. Because of the way we saw the storm and the way my dad and mom behaved we were not afraid and actually enjoyed the excitement of the storm. The bad part of that was, because I have never been through a storm that I was hurt, I have no fear and refuse to leave my home so I am able to do as I saw my dad do, take care of the homestead. I also remember after the storm past the next day dad took us out the Port Lavaca Hwy. towards the coast to see the damage and we could not go very far because on both sides of the Hwy. there was flowing water so we turned around and came back home.

    September 13, 2011 at 10:21 a.m.
  • Carla taught us a good lesson: Evacuate when warned.

    And Rita taught us the opposite. Sometimes 'the authorities' have no clue...

    September 8, 2011 at 6:09 p.m.