Kurt McKee

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Weathering storms

Posted 26 March 2006

In addition to ruining my comb-over, Oklahoma's high winds have been damaging the house something awful. Our flat roof's cover was getting peeled back during the snow storms earlier this month, but we didn't notice until our hallway lights flooded. Unfortunately, we still didn't realize the root cause until it began to rain a few days later and Stephan noticed that the high winds were peeling the top of the roof back. As a result we have quite a bit of water damage.

Happily, one evening some of the men from church arrived out of the blue and hauled railroad ties and other heavy objects up on the roof, along with tarps, to hold it down until we can get it fixed.

Today, however, the winds are tearing it up further; not only did it start knocking some of the objects off of the roof (such as a paint can which subsequently broke open and painted the deck), it's ripping shingles off as well. I'm going to get up on the roof and see what I can do to minimize further damage.

UPDATE - It appears that the wind has also broken off a large portion of a dead tree that we've not yet removed from the back yard. Unfortunately, it fell into the neighbor's yard, so now I'll have to deal with that situation, too.

UPDATE 2 - Well, moments after posting that, the doorbell rang; our neighbor stopped by to let us know that the portion of the tree fell on both of their air conditioning units. It may be that they're damaged.

UPDATE 3 - I got home from work today and was informed that the tree situation now includes damage to the neighbor's roof.