Port Aransas TX

Today we ventured over to the island town of Port Aransas, TX they were on the very front end of Harvey’s landfall. They still have a curfew, and while we were okay to take the ferry over we were required to stop at the make shift civic center/ FEMA HQ, to check in. All volunteers are signed in, and their skillset is taken into account.

Since we had our trusty chainsaw, they had plenty of folks’ requests stacked up. We were able to help a handful of property owners cut away some broken or partially removed palms, and trim up one oak that had some broken branches up high.

Luckily one of the two ladies (neighbors) had an extension ladder that help me get into a position to cut and remove the branches. Unfortunately there were some vines like ivy running through these branches, so we hooked them up to the Jeep and got them all pulled down. Before leaving we cut a number of yuccas down for them, and removed a previously cut palm using a chain and the Jeep, finally cutting it into manageable lengths that could be rolled into her debris pile.

At another property the owners were away, but after speaking to them on the phone we devised a plan to drop a couple of palms that were close to the corner of their year old house, they’d only just built. We were able to borrow a ladder from a neighbor and went to work cutting small rounds all the way down the trunk until we could drop it safely without any damage to their house. Then we tackled it twin leaning opposite, we were able to drop it in two cuts and a push, before cutting it into moveable rounds.

Our first job (I’ve inadvertently reported them in reverse order) was a request to take a previously cut palm’s stump down to the ground, it took a couple of cuts being twice the diameter of my 18 inch saw, but we got it down to a level she was happy with the outcome, being we tried pretty hard to make it as level as possible. Maybe she can place a planter on it. Time got away from us, and around 4:30 we called it a day stopping by the civic center to check out and confirm our progress. Then it was off one of Connie’s favorite little bars on the water. Thankfully it was open (cash only) for a celebratory drink at the Back Porch Bar before heading back to home base in Aransas Pass.

We grabbed some pictures and video of Port Aransas’ damage as well as some of our good work…

Views Around Port Aransas…

 

Our Work

Our celebratory drink after a long day, I’m behind the camera (spelling Mandi), Connie, Mandi & Bonnie enjoyed margaritas at the Back Porch Bar, I stuck with my usual A Silver Bullet…

 

Some video of our drive…