Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This morning has just been a train wreck.
Actually there is a real train wreck, and Barry went on the call with the NAF&R hazmat team at 6:00 a.m., before he had a chance to eat breakfast. It was a "bomb train," loaded with tankers of ethanol, which is now splashed over the wetlands up there.
The kids and I bought 4 loaves of bread, 4 pounds of cheese and 5 pounds of bologna and made a bunch of sandwiches to take up there, thinking that we had made tons of food, but they have a LOT of teams up there, most of whom have been there since the same time Barry has, and they are all hungry. And thirsty. I don't guess they had enough drinking water. So we left the case of bottled water that we had in the car with us, then I sent Miss B back with a 5-gallon pot of water and some cups. They will be there all day. They don't expect to reopen the highway for a week.
Funny thing about our drive up there: I took off in the Jeep loaded with sammiches, Master K in the shotgun seat, and a couple of minutes later Master K told me I really should slow down because I would get in trouble driving that fast, there would be cops all over the scene. I said it was fine, I needed to get this food there quick. So guess what happens a mile south of the scene? A Houston County deputy flags me down. I wasn't even thinking about speed, I was thinking about how close I could get to the scene, and I just hollered, "I got sandwiches for the guys! Do you want them or should I keep going?" He thought a moment and said, "Keep going. Only a little slower. Seventy-four miles an hour is a little fast."
Then as I was about to turn around and head home, Conrad the Police Chief pulled up and got out and ambled over (Conrad is a very accomplished ambler) and drawled, "Y'know, as fast as you were going, that Houston County deputy thought the least you coulda done was offer him a sandwich."
Addendum: Have I told you how proud I am of my husband? He's my hero! The heat index is around 100 degrees and they're all in hazmat gear. I hope they are all okay.
Update: Still out there, over 12 hours on scene. I hope somebody relieves him soon.