Hurricane Irma, Sanibel & Captiva, Hurricane Charley As A Reference Point, 10 Year Anniversary, National Guard Humvee, Captiva Drive, 8-13-04.
Hurricane Irma, Sanibel & Captiva, Hurricane Charley As A Reference Point, 10 Year Anniversary, National Guard Humvee, Captiva Drive, 8-13-04.

Hurricane Charley 10 Year Anniversary: National Guard On Captiva

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It was a unique experience encountering the National Guard on Captiva Island when we reentered on Thursday, August 19, 2004, six days after Hurricane Charley hit the island.

If I recall correctly, for the first few days or so there was a dusk to dawn curfew from 7 PM – 7 AM, probably as a preventative  measure against potential looting or theft.

I remember that it was unbelievably hot at night in the house with no air-conditioning and no air movement at all.  I couldn’t sleep.

Africa in the heart of the jungle couldn’t have been this oppressive.  And the oder from the refrigerator, even though I had cleaned it with extraordinarily obsessiveness with bleach was overwhelming.  I had to escape.

Disregarding the curfew, I decided I couldn’t take it any longer, if they shot me they shot me; I had to get outside on Friday morning, August 20.

So I went outside and walked up the road to the Captiva Fire Station which was the main operations base for the National Guard.

A very kind officer assured me that he wouldn’t shoot me, offered me some cold bottled water and we had a nice early morning chat.

 


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