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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Our family is OK, and as far as we know, all of our friends in the area are OK.  We're still getting information, but so far so good.

Thankfully, Rick changed his normal route a few days ago...otherwise there is a very good chance he would have been driving over that bridge when it went.

How are you guys?

For those of you outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul area - one of the big bridges on one of our major freeways collapsed today...into the Mississippi River. as many as fifty cars are reported in the river and six people have died, according to CNN.

The pictures on the news look pretty aweful.  It's going to take a while for our community to recover from this, and it is terrible to think of all the people and families that are in pain and fear tonight.

If those you love are in your house with you, give them a big hug for me, would you?  Just out of gratitude for your peace and safety tonight.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007 9:20:48 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [10] | #
Thursday, August 02, 2007 12:42:50 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Hi Trees, Hi Rock Hi Marcus and of course Hi Tim!

I just got to work and started the day by reading the headlines of my German news site as usual and came across the bridge disaster. It sound terrible :-(
I immediately had to think of you all! I know you had a block somewhere on the web and so I searched for it. As you can see I even managed to find it.

I'm so glad all of you are safe and my heart goes to the families affected.

Love you all and hope to see you soon,

Isa
Isa
Thursday, August 02, 2007 1:09:24 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I'm glad to hear that you are safe!

I drove over that bridge every time that I went to see you when I lived in Minneapolis!
Thursday, August 02, 2007 7:30:42 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Isa!

It is fantastic to hear from you! Yes, we are OK, and as far as we know, everyone we know here in the Twin Cities is OK. Still some people we haven't checked on, as we have been on the phone almost non-stop.

Welcome to my blog! I hope you can come back often!

Also, congratulations on the new house. It sounds very exceiting.

Anyway, it sounds as though you have had your fair share of excietment over there in Britain, with the flooding. we were glad to hear you were unaffected except for Tukesbury being underwater and your re-enactments being cancelled.

Karen,

Yeah, I thought about that too. Scary stuff.
Teresa
Thursday, August 02, 2007 7:37:53 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Yay for unharmed Lhotkas. And yay for an unharmed Rick. Like I told Cat, as bad as it is, we all need to be grateful the construction had reduced traffic so drastically. A LOT more people could have been on that bridge and a LOT more families could be spending the day beside hospital beds or waiting for news on missing loved ones. Funny the sort of things that turn out to be gifts from On High isn't it?

Bob Wagner
Thursday, August 02, 2007 9:19:08 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
We were so glad to hear you and yours were ok. T and I were both worried last night. We've lost your phone number in the various cell phone debacles and weren't able to call. *hugs* to everyone, and I shall brew a pot of tea in thanks for your safety and think of you while I drink.
Jennifer
Thursday, August 02, 2007 9:39:04 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Jennifer,

Hmm...how do we fix this I wonder? Maybe you can e-mail me your phone #'s and I can call them with mine.

I changed my e-addy a while back still the same screen name, but instead of citilink it is gmail.
Kemaris
Thursday, August 02, 2007 9:48:44 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
That is the bridge I took to school 5 days a week for 7 years! Make me feel pretty lucky.

Jenny
Thursday, August 02, 2007 11:05:05 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Jenny,

It's pretty unbelievable, isn't it? Isa's partner Gary just called me and said "That's right next to the foot bridge we hiked across! And it's true...we hiked the St. Anthony Falls trail right by there. Even as far away as Great Britain, people are feeling for us and our community because they have been to the area and know what it means to lose that bridge on that road...how many people rely on it, and how it connects so many important areas of the city together.

I'm glad you have no regular need to travel that bridge daily anymore.
Kemaris
Thursday, August 02, 2007 11:11:48 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
And Germany...
Friday, August 03, 2007 5:54:27 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Ben,

Quite right, and thank you. Also, thanks for the e-mail.
Kemaris
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