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Houston pals.. #138892
08/27/2017 06:42 PM
08/27/2017 06:42 PM
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Posts: 17,090
Tortola/ Sonoma, California
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Any word from Walker, Nancy, Dave and Bonnie on how they are faring with Harvey???

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Re: Houston pals.. [Re: Manpot] #138893
08/27/2017 06:46 PM
08/27/2017 06:46 PM
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Central Florida!
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Agreed, hope they are OK. Really awful situation there..


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Re: Houston pals.. [Re: Carol_Hill] #138894
08/28/2017 10:47 AM
08/28/2017 10:47 AM
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South Jersey, USA
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Have texted with Dave Norman and Jeff Reid. All are safe. Lots of flooding but the are ok.



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Re: Houston pals.. [Re: boatjunkie] #138895
08/28/2017 12:03 PM
08/28/2017 12:03 PM
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Central Florida!
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Good to hear. Thanks for posting.


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Re: Houston pals.. [Re: Manpot] #138896
08/29/2017 09:41 AM
08/29/2017 09:41 AM
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Posts: 842
Houston, Texas
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We're in Missouri City which is a suburb due south of Houston. Through midnight last night we've had 32" of rain but we're dry.

Our biggest concern right now is the rising Brazos River which is expected to crest tomorrow at 59'. That is of course well above major flood stage and 4' higher than the previous record. It will probably remain in major flood stage for a week or two.

There has been a massive evacuation of subdivisions along the Brazos, and there are quite a few, because the levee system was not designed to contain what is turning out to be an 800 year event.

Houston is an absolute disaster. The 2 reservoirs to the west of the city have reached capacity and, despite some planned releases, water is supposed to top the spillway today. The bayou that takes the water goes through downtown Houston.

The downtown theater district, which was basically destroyed in 2001 after a tropical storm deluge, has been destroyed again, despite a massive amount spent on flood gates to protect them.

The rain is following moving off to the east so perhaps the bayous can drain and clear some of the flooded neighborhoods and streets.

In terms of loss of life and overall destruction of a city, this isn't as bad as what Katrina did to New Orleans. But in terms of human impact and cost of the damage, it is much worse. Some homes destroyed in heavy rains from "typical" events (the "Memorial Day Flood" of 2015 and the "Tax Day Flood" of 2016) were just in the process of getting rebuilt, and in some cases raised to prevent future issues. Now they start over. There are probably thousands of homes that have never flooded that did this time.

At the moment the city is still in rescue mode and hasn't begun to assess the damage.

In the middle of all this stress, we decided to brighten things up a bit by booking a trip back to the BVI for 07/2018, our first in 14 years.


Louis from Houston
Re: Houston pals.. [Re: louismcc] #138897
08/29/2017 12:47 PM
08/29/2017 12:47 PM
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Central Florida!
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Thanks for the note. Take care and stay safe!


Carol Hill
Re: Houston pals.. [Re: louismcc] #138898
08/29/2017 12:59 PM
08/29/2017 12:59 PM
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VIRGINIA
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Stay safe, thoughts and prayers for all. Congrats on booking your trip too!

Re: Houston pals.. [Re: BEERMAN] #138899
08/29/2017 04:59 PM
08/29/2017 04:59 PM
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Posts: 8,530
Ya never know...
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My son in law is being sent as part of a search and rescue task force to Houston from the Alamo Heights Fire Dept outside San Antonio.


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Re: Houston pals.. [Re: HillsideView] #138900
08/29/2017 11:47 PM
08/29/2017 11:47 PM
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Houston, Texas
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It's amazing the outside help coming to Houston. My favorite is the Cajun Navy from Louisiana.

The George R. Brown Convention Center is full, they've opened the Toyota Center (where the Rockets play) and are also opening a center at NRG (the complex where the Texans play).

My son works for USAA in San Antonio and had a vacation trip booked to Cancun out of Houston. However Hobby Airport is still shut down and his flight got canceled.


Louis from Houston
Re: Houston pals.. [Re: louismcc] #138901
09/14/2017 06:00 PM
09/14/2017 06:00 PM
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Seabrook, Texas, USA
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I am working the insurance end and Bonnie is doing volunteer work with the Salvation Army....lost some stuff outside but we are fine compared to others!


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