Hurricane Harvey 2017


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Here's hoping everyone makes it through this okay.


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Indeed! Stay safe everyone!


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Everyone in the area batten down everything that can be and stay safe. If you're told to evacuate then you evacuate. Nothing you leave behind you is worth your life.


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Yes. Scary down there. Looks like landfall as a Category 4!


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Any Texans here?


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IIRC Adam Daigle hails from the area. HoustonDerek hasn't been around in ages. Beyond that one would imagine so ... but then by about now it is possible that they may already have lost internet access ...


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Praying for all y'all!


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My local radio program briefly covered the expectations for the hurricane. Definitely not a good time to be down there.

I hope anyone that needs to has been able to evacuate safely.


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Good gravy, Hurricane Harvey made landfall with its eyewall slamming into Rockport, TX just after 10:00 p.m. CST. At that time there were already reports of numerous destroyed structures and buildings collapsing with people still inside. Wind speeds over 100 mph ...

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So far I've still got power and internet. It hasn't started to flood here in the Westchase district of Houston yet, but I'm sure it will based on past storms.

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I'm just outside of Houston and haven't been hit with any serious rain yet. So far it looks like its mostly just coastal areas getting hit hard.


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Harvey's making 7 mph speed in land - if it keeps going for 24 hours at that speed, it'll be 140-150 miles into TX by this time tomorrow.

The nasty part is that Harvey appears to be ready and willing to not only show up and dance, but keep on spinning in place for about 3 full days. Nasty...


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The Mad Comrade wrote:

Good gravy, Hurricane Harvey made landfall with its eyewall slamming into Rockport, TX just after 10:00 p.m. CST. At that time there were already reports of numerous destroyed structures and buildings collapsing with people still inside. Wind speeds over 100 mph ...

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Harvey's making 7 mph speed in land - if it keeps going for 24 hours at that speed, it'll be 140-150 miles into TX by this time tomorrow.

The nasty part is that Harvey appears to be ready and willing to not only show up and dance, but keep on spinning in place for about 3 full days. Nasty...

Yeah, we in southwest Florida have been getting a couple inches of rain (different tropical system) each day for almost a week -- yesterday was over 6 inches -- and we've got flooding in spots all over four counties.

I've heard that they projecting well over 40 inches of rain in Texas areas hit by Harvey. And then there's all the wind damage and the storm surge in coastal areas. Most of them will likely lose power and running water (drinking and bathroom necessities). If they sheltered in place, it'll be very difficult to access more food/bottled water (no stores open, Red Cross spread thin) or any medical needs.

It's going to be very rough for them. Hopefully Harvey will die over Texas, and not (as projected) head back into the Gulf, re-strengthen, and chug up to New Orleans.


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The Mad Comrade wrote:
IIRC Adam Daigle hails from the area. HoustonDerek hasn't been around in ages. Beyond that one would imagine so ... but then by about now it is possible that they may already have lost internet access ...

Aberzombie and his brother (I forgot his username) are in Texas last I heard. Hope they and their families are safe.

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Is TOZ in Texas, or was he just from there?


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HoustonDerek closed his account quite a while ago.


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captain yesterday wrote:
HoustonDerek closed his account quite a while ago.

I think he's still semi-active on the Book of Faces.


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Yep, I just meant for here.

I always liked him.

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Rysky wrote:
Is TOZ in Texas, or was he just from there?

TOZ is from Texas, living in drier places now.

I've still got power and water, but water is starting to wick up between the floorboards downstairs. I don't think that bodes well for the soudness of the foundation here.

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Hope everyone is safe. Get out if you need to. Praying for all affected.


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Arutema wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Is TOZ in Texas, or was he just from there?

TOZ is from Texas, living in drier places now.

I've still got power and water, but water is starting to wick up between the floorboards downstairs. I don't think that bodes well for the soundness of the foundation here.

My spouse lived in Dallas for a few years after college. She said that very few homes in TX have basements and foundation issues are a constant, expensive problem throughout much of the state.

Once this is done, you'll want to schedule a foundation inspection so that you know what you're dealing with going forward, Arutema.

Aberzombie's in Houston ... oh boy. AZ, you alright there?


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Arutema wrote:
I've still got power and water, but water is starting to wick up between the floorboards downstairs. I don't think that bodes well for the soundness of the foundation here.
Once this is done, you'll want to schedule a foundation inspection so that you know what you're dealing with going forward, Arutema.

Also, have your place checked for toxic mold. It doesn't take much moisture for it to get a foothold. Even behind drywall and under floorboards, its spores and off-gassing still work their way into the air you (and any pets) breath, causing all kinds of health issues.

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The Mad Comrade wrote:
Arutema wrote:
I've still got power and water, but water is starting to wick up between the floorboards downstairs. I don't think that bodes well for the soundness of the foundation here.
Once this is done, you'll want to schedule a foundation inspection so that you know what you're dealing with going forward, Arutema.
Also, have your place checked for toxic mold. It doesn't take much moisture for it to get a foothold. Even behind drywall and under floorboards, its spores and off-gassing still work their way into the air you (and any pets) breath, causing all kinds of health issues.

That and insurance won't cover mold problems >_<


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Rysky wrote:
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The Mad Comrade wrote:
Arutema wrote:
I've still got power and water, but water is starting to wick up between the floorboards downstairs. I don't think that bodes well for the soundness of the foundation here.
Once this is done, you'll want to schedule a foundation inspection so that you know what you're dealing with going forward, Arutema.
Also, have your place checked for toxic mold. It doesn't take much moisture for it to get a foothold. Even behind drywall and under floorboards, its spores and off-gassing still work their way into the air you (and any pets) breath, causing all kinds of health issues.
That and insurance won't cover mold problems >_<

Eesh.

So, new plan: pull up your floorboards and the wall-to-flooring trim work (kick boards and such at floor level connected to the walls), dry everything out and get an inspection to be sure. Granted, depending on how the water got in ...

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The Mad Comrade wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
The Mad Comrade wrote:
Arutema wrote:
I've still got power and water, but water is starting to wick up between the floorboards downstairs. I don't think that bodes well for the soundness of the foundation here.
Once this is done, you'll want to schedule a foundation inspection so that you know what you're dealing with going forward, Arutema.
Also, have your place checked for toxic mold. It doesn't take much moisture for it to get a foothold. Even behind drywall and under floorboards, its spores and off-gassing still work their way into the air you (and any pets) breath, causing all kinds of health issues.
That and insurance won't cover mold problems >_<

Eesh.

So, new plan: pull up your floorboards and the wall-to-flooring trim work (kick boards and such at floor level connected to the walls), dry everything out and get an inspection to be sure. Granted, depending on how the water got in ...

Preeeeeeetty much.

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I'm in an apartment and I've already given my move-out notice. So all I can do is report it to the landlord and hasten my plans to move.


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I think Kirth moved back to Houston, too.

Stay safe, affected Paizonians! (all others affected, too.)


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Yeah, good luck to all our Paizonians (and everyone else) out in big sky country...big sky big rain I guess.

Be safe, remember things are just things, and carry on!


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Yeah, representin' H-Town on the boards today!

I live in Houston, in Bear Creek Village (Google that + "Addicks Reservoir" if you haven't heard it mentioned 100x on the news already), but luckily decided to pet sit for a friend in Cypress (NW Houston), so I am (very thankfully) dry and with power today, unlike most of Houston proper. The streets in central and east Houston are rivers now, even most of the freeways are underwater, and Ben Taub hospital as of yesterday sticks up out of a large lake. Watching the news, the only way around most of the city now is by boat.

I expect tropical storm winds and more rain for the next 2-3 days, so not sure how long I'll be able to post, but for now I'm doing well, and Mrs Gersen is trying to explain to Toddler Gersen why we can't go home now. Hopefully when we are able to return home (Friday? Next week? Whenever the streets emerge) we don't find it flooded!

Last I heard Andostre and his family are safe as well.

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*hugs Kirth*


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Arutema wrote:
I've still got power and water, but water is starting to wick up between the floorboards downstairs.

Are you still OK after last night? Hope the slight Eastward shift in the track is good for us. Stay safe!

P.S. Spent 9 years in Westchase (Westheimer and Gessner). Dunno if you were there for Ike, but the power there came back within like 12 hrs, which bodes well.


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The Mad Comrade wrote:
HoustonDerek hasn't been around in ages.

HD got so enraged at the gentrification of his beloved Montrose district that he left Houston entirely. Last I heard he had moved down to Lake Jackson. I'll try and contact him, if his old number still works.

EDIT: He's fine, just worried what will happen when all the water from up here finally makes its way down there.


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Glad many Houston-area Paizonians are alive and well.

Any word on Aberzombie?


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I think he posted over the weekend, but I don't recall anything since.


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He's been posting in the Ramblin' Man thread. Good to know.


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Huzzah.

Keep hanging in there folks!


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Kirth Gersen wrote:
Last I heard Andostre and his family are safe as well.

Yep, thanks for the shout out. We stocked up ahead time and sat out the catastrophe in our house with the lights on. My wife works for the city Health department, so when the roads drained enough and the rain lightened enough for her to drive, she went to the Emergency Operations Center helping to coordinate the refugee shelters. She came home after a couple days to sleep, and she went right back to work, this morning.

The worst I'm dealing with is stir crazy kids. Despite all the local schools being closed until next week, I consider myself lucky.


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So, according to the Corps of Engineers, I will be officially homeless within 2 days -- as of a few hours ago water was entering the garage, and they said there will be another 2+ foot increase in flood water levels in a large area around the neighborhood. My family and I are safe and sound, though, which is the main thing.

(When we're able to return, we'll have to assess how much of our stuff we can salvage, and then figure out where we're going to live, but that will still be a few days off. Thankfully we were renting the house, and do have renter's insurance, so it won't be a "lose everything" situation.)

When Mrs Gersen and I explained the situation to Toddler Gersen (age 2 1/2), she said, "Houston is a big puddle! I need my floatie!"


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Wise for her age that one!

Stay safe Androstre, Gersen clan, and all the rest.


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Aw, dang , Kirth. I'm so sorry. But glad you're all safe.


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Kirth Gersen wrote:

So, according to the Corps of Engineers, I will be officially homeless within 2 days -- as of a few hours ago water was entering the garage, and they said there will be another 2+ foot increase in flood water levels in a large area around the neighborhood. My family and I are safe and sound, though, which is the main thing.

(When we're able to return, we'll have to assess how much of our stuff we can salvage, and then figure out where we're going to live, but that will still be a few days off. Thankfully we were renting the house, and do have renter's insurance, so it won't be a "lose everything" situation.)

When Mrs Gersen and I explained the situation to Toddler Gersen (age 2 1/2), she said, "Houston is a big puddle! I need my floatie!"

Glad you and your family are doing well, though I hate to hear about the house. Good thing you have renter's insurance. Saw in the news that many Houstonians have until Friday to file claims because the type of coverages change that day.


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Holy cow 43" of rainfall with more on the way?!

Stay safe and well everyone. Good luck!


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Saw in the news that many Houstonians have until Friday to file claims because the type of coverages change that day.

I don't understand what this means. Certainly USAA didn't call with any such information.


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I'll try to find the article when I get back.

This may not affect you. But it might others.

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Here it is I think, Kirth and company.


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Kirth Gersen wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Saw in the news that many Houstonians have until Friday to file claims because the type of coverages change that day.
I don't understand what this means. Certainly USAA didn't call with any such information.

It's not quite that bad. The new law lowers the interest paid on delayed payouts and makes suing the insurance companies harder - supposedly to cut down on fraud. It doesn't change the basic coverage. Nor I think does it apply to federal flood insurance.

From Dallas News or CNN


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There's actually no way I could make a claim by then anyway -- I lack a boat to reach my home and assess the damages.


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Kirth Gersen wrote:
There's actually no way I could make a claim by then anyway -- I lack a boat to reach my home and assess the damages.

I'm wishing the start to hitchikers guide to the galaxy WAS a parody of how insurance companies operate...


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Kirth Gersen wrote:

So, according to the Corps of Engineers, I will be officially homeless within 2 days -- as of a few hours ago water was entering the garage, and they said there will be another 2+ foot increase in flood water levels in a large area around the neighborhood. My family and I are safe and sound, though, which is the main thing.

(When we're able to return, we'll have to assess how much of our stuff we can salvage, and then figure out where we're going to live, but that will still be a few days off. Thankfully we were renting the house, and do have renter's insurance, so it won't be a "lose everything" situation.)

When Mrs Gersen and I explained the situation to Toddler Gersen (age 2 1/2), she said, "Houston is a big puddle! I need my floatie!"

Try to get any paper products and electronic items up as high as you can manage to try and save them?

Good luck, we're pullin' for you!


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Too late -- we were pet sitting, before anyone had any idea how bad this would be! So my family and I are safe, but can't get home. We're just waiting for the water to eventually be released, so we can go see if we can salvage any of our possessions. I'm less optimistic today -- the entrance to the neighborhood from the highway (an intersection that has never flooded before, BTW) now has water almost up to the numerals on the speed limit signs, and it's still rising. Yesterday I was worried just about the stuff near the floor, but now I'm concerned that my car and stuff higher up will also be ruined (it's a 1-storey house).

Some of our neighbors who stayed were evacuated by boat last night at about midnight. Others are stuck in the upper floors of their houses. Corps of Engineers says it might be weeks before we can get back in, and months before the water levels are back to normal.

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