The neighbors were actually warned by the neighbors from behind us that they had lost a bunch of shotgun shells and to be very careful when they mowed!
There was broken glass, broken beer bottles, child's toys, garbage from all the garbage cans that had gotten knocked over (and they were full as Friday is trash day in our neighborhood), patio chairs, tables, even gas cans, which had been lying right by our broken gas line - we found that out after the fact.
So around 8 or so, they finally got the gas shut off, the levels inside were tested, and we ventured inside. The door leading from the garage to the house wouldn't latch when it was shut. The entrance into the attic from the garage had the panel snapped in half. We have numerous cracks in the walls, both in the living room and the garage entry/kitchen area. As noted before, the living room windows were shattered or cracked, the floor was a mess of glass and leaves and other debris, and my shelf of Thoene novels was knocked to the floor. All other books and photo albums were fine other than some light residue. The studio in the front of the house had water coming down and the ceiling bubbling up, as well as severely cracked windows and water dripping from the cracks down the wall. The water leaked into the light fixture as well.
We're not sure what happened down in the basement, but there had been a bit of standing water on Friday evening, we're thinking most likely the cause of the sump pump not being able to run because of the lack of electricity. So there is water damage in the basement as well.
All things considered, our house was officially labeled "uninhabitable", which meant that we could go in and grab things that we needed, but it was not advisable to sleep there. Our neighbors were told the same thing, and were advised to rent a townhome, as it would take at least three months for them to be back in. I'm really hoping ours moves more quickly than that!
Homeschooling is scheduled to begin August 31, and I'm actually less worried and stressed out about it now than I was before. Things like this tend to put everything into perspective. I'm looking forward to being able to hang out with the boys in the home that was so generously provided for us (we're staying in a finished and very comfortable lower level with a full kitchen and 3 bedrooms and LOTS of toys!! What a blessing!
I know the hard road is still before us with all the logistics of who to hire, what to make them do, negotiations, timetables, new carpet choices (looks like we'll finally be able to get that new upstairs carpet that I've wanted to replace for so long!), windows, roofing, siding, etc. etc. etc.