Since it made national news (and even had the President fly out) I’m sure everyone has heard about the I-35W bridge collapse over the Mississippi River on August 1st. Being a Minnesotan it obviously hit close to home.
Given that I was in the process of moving into my new house (in the south of the cities, not the north) I was oblivious to what was going on. It was only when my friend John (who was helping me move) received a phone call from his family making sure he wasn’t crossing the bridge at the time. All of my family is located on the south or east side except for my sister (who was at home at the time, so wasn’t affected). Given that I was just moving in, there was no TV that I could flip on to see what was going on. At first I thought it was just a section that fell, but after driving to my parents house, I was able to see the actual chaos.
The urge (for me at least) was to drive out there and see if I could help, but even outside police / fire personel were being turned away at the scene because they had enough help from the surrounding communities. My other urge was to pack up my camera and take some photos of the scene, but I wouldn’t want to interfere with the on-going recovery operation either.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected and those who lost loved ones in the I-35W tragedy.