Let's see what we can do with: left behind.
Weather was quite garbage today, but we still managed to get some good work done in the garden. The forecast is more promising for the rest of the week, but we shall see how accurate they are this go 'round.
The call to evacuate found them sound asleep in their beds. There was no time to pack, no time to think. They were out of the house before they were fully awake.
Helicopters filled the sky, drowning out the instructions being broadcast from the military vehicles below. They stood in a dazed shock before being gathered up and escorted to a crowded shelter.
Groups were airlifted away every three minutes, as many men and women as each aircraft could safely carry. They waited for their turn in silence.
It wasn't until they were in the air fifteen minutes later that they fully realized they had left their old lives behind, never to be retrieved.