Now that the extreme Texas heat seems to have broken and we are only experiencing temperatures of about 90 degrees these days, Ric and I have made a few ventures out and about just to see what our assessment (for what that’s worth) of the damage done to Central Texas might be.
Although there is probably no way to know for sure until next spring, it does appear that the damage facing us is going to be severe and widespread.
Unfortunately, I was losing my light when on our last trip I decided to snap a few photos to show you some of what we saw, but basically what we found is that due to the recent rains that came hard and fast, the washed out roads stood in ironic contrast to the dead foliage that hovered above them, testament to the fact that for them, the rain came too little and too late.
We also found that it is obvious that the scrub is gone. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing except for those pastures leased for deer hunting. However, the problem comes in the sheer amount that we lost. This will soon become an extreme fire hazard that none of us needs.
It also appears that many of the cedars have been killed. Apparently they just did not have the root systems to withstand months and months of rainless 100 + temps. Again, the volume of dead cedars will become a timber box at some point if they are not removed, and to be honest with you, that’s going to take both time and money.
What was most troublesome to Rickey and me are the larger trees, pecan and oak, that we are just not sure about now. It does appear that we have lost a lot in this part of the country, but we just are keeping our fingers crossed that maybe, just maybe, they have forced themselves to go dormant and will rise to live another day next spring.
Now, what does all of this negative news mean to those of us who are living right in the middle of it? Actually, it is quite simple. It means we’ve lost round one, but that’s happened many times here in this great state of ours. It means we’re going to all have to work a little harder to recover, but that has happened before also.
Fortunately, we live in the greatest state in the Union and even though our terrain may be changed for years to come, and even though we’ve certainly seen good, hard-working people hurt deeply, as a state and as a people of a state we will simply put our heads down and go back to work.
We won’t protest on Wall Street; we won’t even protest on Pennsylvania Street…not because we don’t need to, but because we won’t have time. There’ll just be too much work to do to put our state back together again.
So we’ll let the rest of the country protest while we work. Some things never change, do they?…Fredda Davis Jones