Thanks for your warm wishes for the Valley to all who've commented or e-mailed. Several have also sent photos of your own hurricane drama.
I encourage y'all to upload them to http://www.freedomgalleries.com/vmstar/main.php?g2_itemId=16509 (there's a link on left for uploading photos.)
This link is also good for anyone interested in seeing images of the storm--before, during and after--by professional photographers at Valley Morning Star Newspaper as well as anyone who uploaded them.
Today's (Friday, July 25, 2008) edition of the Rio Grande Valley's Freedom Newspapers was just that--one edition . . . for all papers: The Monitor, The Brownsville Herald, Valley Morning Star, as well as the Spanish-language La Frontera and El Nuevo Heraldo . . . all rolled into one edition due to printing and electric outage problems. Freedom News Service also owns the Mid-Valley Town Crier as well as the island-based South Padre Island Breeze and the Coastal Current Weekly. No word on those.
I know distribution's off because we've been getting somebody's The Monitor, but no one's asked for it; no clue who's missing it.
It's a different kind of TGIF for folks. The weekend will not be restful for many and shelters are still quite busy in many places. Even as power is restored, flooding remains an issue for many in Mercedes, Weslaco, Harlingen, Rio Hondo, Brownsville, San Benito, and La Blanca; likely also in Santa Rosa area, etc.
New rain totals show up to 20 inches in some of the hardest hit areas just mentioned.