After I visited with them, I headed into town. I needed to see it myself. Sure, I'd seen videos on the news and pictures on the internet, but my eyeballs needed to see the city for themselves.
I was rendered speechless. Several parts of the city are literally obliterated. I couldn't get to the worst parts: 15th Street past the McFarland intersection and Alberta City. There is so much debris everywhere that it's hard to get in and out, and those poor folks need help, not sightseers.
The area was eerily quiet. No traffic. No horns honking. No blaring radios. The only noises were chainsaws cutting through fallen trees, helicopters surveying the damage, and firetruck sirens.
It's just hard to take in. I hardly recognize the place where I grew up.