Alice Crenshaw-Skaggs 
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Re: “The Guerneville Flood Project: Helicopter Rescue at the Cemetery

I was there..I lived on river ln. Just off Orchard Ave. My daughter turned 3 on that hill. The soggy ground was extremely frighting as we were standing on graves that were sinking in. It took a boat to leave my house to go to the vets hall that then flooded so off to the church. Buy way of a rope across main st. The church was so crowed little or no food people walking around in a daze. The port-ta potty was so full people started going well every where. Including inside. I watched several people have seizures because of no booze, no sleep, no dry clothes, no food, and the toll it took on us all. The first night in the church was to long.The next morning they had us walk up the hill to the grave yard. We stayed there all day standing in the rain waiting for our turn. It got to dark and dangerous and the helicopters stopped coming. We walked back down to the church which how filled to the top while we were gone. Desperate people do desperate things and that was the scariest thing the 2nd night. I ask a guy I didn't know to help keep me and my daughter safe foe the night in exchange I shared my cigs and blankets with him. I held her and he held me. I felt him relieved his frustration on my back side through both of our clothes. I thought well it could have been worse. The next day the National guards came in in huge trucks I got put on one with a few of the local homeless people. They had gotten a hold of a bottle and got kinda loud. One of them apologized for their behavior and told them all to have more respect for a mom and her baby. The young man that was driving us was going toward the strip and we knew we couldn't get out that way. Poor kid this was his first disaster and he was following orders. They finely told him to turn around and we caught a small helicopter out that landed by the library. The devastation of that flood didn't end there. But we were alive and safe now.

Posted by Alice Crenshaw-Skaggs on 07/22/2017 at 7:01 PM

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