That's the third time the power's blinked this morning. At least wi-fi hasn't disconnected. I think as I study my facebook on the family Ipad.
"Love you." Mom hangs up the phone. "Dad says the road's washed out. He and the team are working on getting it accessable, but it could be two days before he can reach us."
I sigh. I miss dad.
"Any new updates?" Mom asks. I nod.
"Kasey, down the road, got flooded. She had to move up here. I told her she could come up to our house, but she said she's got somewhere."
"And Mia just saw a house go down the river."
Mom shakes her head. "Unbelievable." She mutters.
The power flickers again. This time, it doesn't come back on. A message on my screne pops up "Internet onnection no longer availible." I sigh, clicking it off while Mom and Tessa head outside to get the generator going.
I can already tell the damage is massive. Whole roads no longer exsist, Williamsville is underwater.
We have to go to work with Mom. They got our road open, at least one-lane. But, none of Mom's employees can get in, so that leaves me and Tessa. I'm going to be a receptionist.
Mom comes back out of the office, shaking her head.
"The computers aren't communicating. That means I've got to do everything by hand."
"And I still can't get a hold of Lina. I'm worried, she lives right on the river."
The doorbell rings. The first client who can get here has arrived. I take a deep breath and start what could be a very long day.
Well, most of the damage has been accessed. They have food drops in the near-by towns, we can't get out past the next town over. Everything is underwater. Houses are gone. Lina's too. Everything.
I feel so helpless. We're voulenteering. I wish there weree more I could do. But for now, I pray. For safey, for the people who's former lives are gone, who have to face new, unfamilliar days.
These are the kinds of things I've always heard about, always had empathy for. But now it's reality, and that sympathy is empathy.