This morning, we called our friends and all seems normal. There is a slight drizzle and the thunder occasionally roars, but if it stays like this, I will be a little less of an anxiety ridden mess today. The only problem we've faced is that someone we know put their sandbags in the wrong place, thereby trapping the water draining IN their garage, flooding it. The opposite of what they wanted to happen, but, again, if that's it, I'll happily take it.
We are now trying to figure out how to replace everything lost in the Cantina. Yes, my friends in the Old Town were submerged in mud, and lost everything inside their restaurants and businesses, save for some dirty walls and dank floors, but the water in the Cantina had the same effect for us. We had to throw out the whole kitchen, bar, tables, chairs - everything as well - and as I've pointed out to people who ask me if I've contacted kitchen equipment suppliers to donate stuff, that every bar and restaurant that was destroyed in this flood, including ours, has different specifications and limited space. Alas, it can't just be a one-size-fits-all solution, and it's hard to say that someone needs something more then another. We are all in the same situation trying to rebuild businesses we worked so hard to make successful. I'll keep updated throughout the weekend. The storm alert is until Sunday.