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Post# 47920   10/27/2004 at 12:33 (6,982 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

I just returned from Gulf Shores, Al. yesterday. The damage from the Hurricane (Ivan) is beyond description. Total devastation in some areas. The high-rises on the beach especially towards Orange Beach and the Florida state line were wiped out. As I drove along the beach there were still piles of appliances sometimes up to about 20 feet high. All were smashed up to some degree either by hurricane damage or the huge mechanical claws used to pick them up and toss them in the pile. Hundreds of stack units due to all the condos in the high-rises. All headed for the scrap metal people---who must be completely overwhelmed. I was told of a central collecting area that was just unbelieveable the pile of appliances huge! But I could not gain acess to check it out. As I drove around exploring the area it was not uncommon to see someones Dryer out in the middle of a field or a refrigerator wrapped around a fence or telephone pole. I stopped for a red light at one intersection in town and as I waited for the light to change, noticed the top panel complete with console of an 80's looking Kenmore Washer leaning against a telephone pole! As the appliances had been blown from their residences they had been shredded and dismembered by the winds and blown all around. Just have never witnessed such wide spread devastation. Depressing. Any way, I looked and looked for old treasures but found nothing. Just piles of newer models all smashed up. Was able to find one junkyard of a local repairman. He had nothing of interest--newer type Kenmores and GE's, and quite a few stacked Kenmore "Home-Laundry" units (Looked like they dated back to the WW takeover of Frigidaire. I looked hard though--no "Skinny-Mini's"! Thats it---would be a "Kenmore parts bonanza" for anyone interested in traveling down there---but hurry----the mechanical claws are busy! -Steve

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