With me , it was a hurricane and then, a resulting flood . At one time , I was in a turn of the century building about a block away from the James River here in Richmond Virginia . No bear in mind , most of the surrounding buildings were considered modern if they were newer than about1906. I was running a business out of a second floor shop and living in the back .
We were given notice that the river was rising and we had about 2 hours to move our valuables to higher ground . I thought putting everything up on the third floor would suffice . I helped my downstairs neighbor move what he needed up and we evacuated the building.
What I had was a collection of most all of the kits that were avalabile to we model builders from 1960 to 1969. By that, Auroura , Jo-Han , A M T , ( of course ), Hawk, some Pyro, some I M C's , MPC's , I think Renwall too. Along with that, my personal possesions , ie clothes and personal papers .
The flood came . I was with a couple of friends in town and the flood was much worse than anyone expected . I parked a 70 Ford van I had just bought several blocks away and where I thought the water wouldn't come , NOT! We wern't allowed into the area for about ten days . Even then, the Television reporters and the Newspapers all said the damage was far worse than was thought at first. I tried to go back to my building on a couple of occasions , only to be stopped by Armed Virginia National Guardsmen. The kid was younger than me , and armed with an M-1. He had orders to kill if we stepped past his post .
Anyway, a couple of days later , the water finially had gone out to meet the Atlantic Ocean . I trudged out to my "Former " building only to see where it had partly collapsed into what was Dock street . I was able to wade through the stench and find a way to get into a very weak structure . I saw pieces of my former belongings through several feet of mud and silt and of course stench! My van was now residing up side down on an island out in the James River . Pretty much, I had 14.00 and a Non Running Corvair . Several days later , I got the Corvair running and gave it to a guy who needed it worse than I . He had a family and with a running car , he could still get to his job. Me , I packed up what clothing I could salvage and hitch hiked to Los Angles ........... Stayed there for about three years .