The April tornado is 3 months past and yet unredressed signs of it are still scattered about Raleigh. I haven’t posted in all that time, finishing the school year and having a summer swallowed by book arts, as I made paper, printed, and started a Paper Plant blog. Before covering the rich naturing Cara and I have done in spite of my new blogging obsession, I wanted to address the previous post and show that East and Central Raleigh are still reeling as fall approaches.
The tornado totally changed the visual landscape of my regular bike rides. Looking from the back lower corner of the federal courthouse campus at East and Hargett, an entire city block was just razed. From that spot on the shoulder of Raleigh’s cap, it now feesl as if you are looking southeast straight down into the coastal plain.
Mount Hope Cemetery didn’t get covered in the first post, but a visit last week revealed many of the same sights I had photographed but not published in April. It and City Cemetery are still closed.
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Marlborough Road in East Raleigh still looks like the disaster zone it is. My old childhood creek runs beside it and has become a tangled mass of dead trees scattered with stagnant pools. The city is making plans to clean it up, but it will be a while.
Marlborough Street hit close to home, but the damage is widespread. The Raleigh Public Record provides this info from the city’s waterway inventory:
The report stated that a total of 1,436 trees were found damaged as part of the inventory. The areas with the most debris were areas near Beehnon Way and Tryon Road, Marborough Road and King Charles Road, Skycrest Road and Capital Boulevard, and Valley Stream Drive and Louisburg Road.
RPR did a good general look at Raleigh damage in this post. The damage to nature is most relevant to this blog, but we felt very lucky after trees were decapitated 30 yards from our house, and we had many friends who sustained damage anywhere from annoying to catastrophic. Many of them have praised Chris Crew of FEMA for his TLC to friends in this situation.
Nature knocks!!! Sometimes hard. Take care of yourself, now.