Breaking news in my city - a freeway bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River during the height of the afternoon rush hour.
The breaking news burst onto the television screen as we were preparing dinner. When we realized it was the bridge near my son and his girlfriend's house my heart stopped. I immediately called my son and after only two tries (cell phone circuits were already getting overloaded) was able to reach him. He confirmed that his girlfriend drives over that bridge ever day, said he had just spoken to her earlier, but would call her and call me right back. She is fine also - but a bit shaken as she had crossed the bridge ten minutes before the collapse.
I can't even describe what it is like to view on television a bridge that I have travelled across many many times twisted, collapsed and partially submerged in the river.
They are already interviewing survivors. If you view the coverage you'll see a school bus on the bridge - from all of the reports so far every one of the children on that bus are safe.
DH and I can't seem to pull ourselves away from the television. The only help we can provide is prayer. Prayer for anyone who might still be trapped, prayer for family members of possible victims, prayer for the rescue workers, prayer that the predicted thunderstorms hold off to rescue efforts can continue. Please join me.
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