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Some Pictures of Katrina's Damage at the Dogtrot

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We sat through the storm in the room on the left - the oldest (1840) part of the Dogtrot, with all our dogs with us. The eye passed about 20 miles away, so we got some of the worst of the winds, maybe 125 mph at times. It was about 2 weeks until the electricity came on, and another month until we got back our phones. But we count our blessings, and our hearts break for those on the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans who have suffered so much loss.

It's now January,2006, and we are still working at cleaning up. Most homes in this area were damaged - blue plastic sheeting can be seen on every other roof, and road crews continue to pick up debris.

We encourage you to please continue to donate to charities helping Katrina victims. It will be a long time before the Gulf Coast is back in shape.

We were gratified to learn how many of our friends and customers were worried about us. Worry no more, we're fine and ready to get back to selling our beautiful cypress and reclaimed lumber.
Thanks to everyone for your concern, and for continuing to use the Dogtrot to meet your lumber needs.

The buildings are ok except where a tree knocked off the chimney top on the left. But over 40 trees came down - a major mess and setback for all our gardens. that's our pitbull 'Beauty' on patrol.

Here's a shot from the country lane we live on, looking straight at the dogtrot. A big cedar and pine were both snapped off, and the oak on the right is holding up another just as large.

The two oaks are shown, and behind them is what's left of an ancient huge oak that toppled over.

Looking back towards our pole barn, a few small trees we recently planted survived.

From the side of the house, next to the tree in the center used to be a large ornamental pear tree and a huge pecan tree - lying to the right.

You can see the roof of the "Sugar Shack" behind a fallen pecan tree. The winds snapped off dozens of pines on the property, and ruined over 60% of LA/MS tree farmers' crops for years.

The cabin (1812) was not injured, but you can see how debris flew around - we'll be cleaning up for months!

Several trees fell on our trailer. We used it when we moved here, and now store lumber in it.

We havn't touched this yet - so much to do.

This jumble of fallen trees is where our back drive is. From this point to the front it is as if the trees fell like matchsticks, blown on top of one another (and our vegetable garden, etc.). There are at least 20 down just along this side of the property.

The kitchen (left) and smoke house are intact, but the old china berry tree is down (it will grow back from its roots in a jiffy). That's Barney looking on.

Wulfy is trotting in front of the vegetable garden.

The clean-up begins.

Here's the side of the front, showing the chimney knocked over by a madrone that snapped.

To Geoff's right a fence is lying over part of a flower bed.

Looking from about the same spot to the road.

See how the trees simply snapped off. We sat and watched them bend over sideways, and then break and fall/fly in the incredible winds.

Shows where a window was blown from its frame. We covered the front windows, but not those in the kitchen or bath.

Another shot of the fallen chimney.

We worried about these gals, but they used the barn as a wind break, and sailed through the storm.

we'll post more pictures of how we're doing in our clean-up efforts check back!