Topic: Houston

Seneca, I thought you were from Houston but living in Austin, so I assume and hope you are safe... but please let us know how you and your fam are doing.

- Nathan

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yes, let us know brother. take care!

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I'm safe with the family over here! We were fortunate enough to not get flooded in our area (Tanglewood, River Montrose).

Not to minimize the destruction, but it could have been really bad. We were on edge for a bit, specifically Sunday night — we are lucky it didn't rain for a week straight. It just seems like it's getting easier and easier to flood out here.

We've been through this before a few times, though - it's unfortunately a Houston thing - for instance, just two years ago, I got flooded out of my apartment — but this was supposed to be and probably was the worst ever so far.

I am feeling relived now though — the rain has stopped, we drove around today and the sun has actually come through the window for the first time in days, as I'm typing this.

Thanks for checking up, I very much appreciate your concern . . .

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Hey man, really glad to hear this!

Hard to know what to say in a situation like this, but dang, we're glad you and yours are alright. The next couple of weeks as the water recedes are going to be scary.

Not being from a flood prone area (knock on wood), the pictures and vids are surreal, it's almost impossible for me to fathom. It looks like Michael Bay movie effects. Goddamn.

- Nathan

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Yeah, it IS something else - CGI looking flood water and all.

I was in Austin on Thursday, got texts about the hurricane from my mom and *Lloyd* in Seattle, so I knew it was a bad sign. Got back late Thursday night, all the gas in my neighborhood was sold out, the grocery store was out of water, and all the basic stuff. It's kinda a feeling of petty inconvenience at first: "don't feel like dealing with this" being my first response. Friday night from being on Twitter a bit much, worry sunk in, insisted I stay at my Mom's place, you just don't know what could happen — you think of natural disasters and all that could be swept away.

Though, this experience wasn't relatively bad for me at all (just speaking for myself obviously)! Instead of using grade school years, we can use hurricanes to mark time in Tex — I've had worse.

Anyways, the city's response has been as great as one could expect, despite Liz Phair tweeting about how it's bad how our infrastructure is lacking (which to be fair she took down — this, just gossip and not me attacking + I Love Liz, just saying for the sake of un-boring post), it really seemed everyone was out doing what they could - Police, Fire Department, People from Louisiana with boats, anyone with a boat, first responders, crazy meteorologist sitting in the middle of it and reporting on Periscope, people cleaning out their closets and rushing supplies to shelter donation sites. I was impressed with our mayor, Sylvester Turner's press conference yesterday and felt good about that. I don't know - I realize it's not necessarily indicative of a uniqueness of Houston, I realize it's a response one could expect from any disaster in most cities: people do come together.

As an aside, talking heads can criticize Houston, and blame industrialization, or bad planning etcetera, but the thing is was development was greater concentrated from Galveston on Houston as a response to Galveston flooding - we are a inland port city inside the gulf. This isn't like skimping on levee budget, it's just our location. I'm sure global warming isn't helping things, maybe it has exacerbated how bad and frequent these storms are getting — I DONT KNOW. If anything, I hope it shows people that the federal .gov can be effective and its services are necessary. Texas voted Trump, and he's in Texas now — I have actually received assistance from FEMA before (when my apartment flooded), and they could not have done a better job. It's also ludicrous to think six.5 million people can evacuate in a couple of days — which was what our governor was saying he should do last week.

Luckily, I was only inconvenienced a few days of work (it looks like I could start working as early as tomorrow) — I realize if it would have been a lot worse, there may not have been a job to go back to. I'm really glad this wasn't New Orleans level devastation, which seemed like a possibility over the weekend ; /

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Hey sen, thanks for the perspective. Definitely glad that things are shaking out okay for you in this ordeal, and as you say, you got lucky and hopefully people will keep working together to come out of the thing. I'm a bit skeptical that this won't look as bad as Katrina once all is said and done, it just seems like it'll be another week before we even have a decently complete picture of just how bad things got, both in terms of death and injury, as well as property.

- Nathan

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Hej, glad to hear you and yours are safe, Seneca!

"It´s a fine line between clever and..eh.. stupid"

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8 (edited by seneca 2017-08-31 16:49:38)

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a picture of the edge of my and mine neighborhood, over flooded bayou off Allen Parkway - I cross this bridge everyday in the morning to get to work - it's flooded bad before, but never to the extent of it brushing onto Montrose street like this!


http://i63.tinypic.com/2rdcfo6.jpg


15Trillion gallons of water ;-o

"Most Extreme Rain Event in US History"

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Wow, seneca. That's a lotta water! After following this disaster on the news all week, it's great to read your posts.  It's been an exceptionally busy week for me.  I kept meaning to check in and find out if you were ok, and fretting because I'd forgotten.

I'm so glad you're safe and escaped mostly unscathed this time!


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Jicky wrote:

Wow, seneca. That's a lotta water! After following this disaster on the news all week, it's great to read your posts.  It's been an exceptionally busy week for me.  I kept meaning to check in and find out if you were ok, and fretting because I'd forgotten.

I'm so glad you're safe and escaped mostly unscathed this time!

THANKS Jicky -- ♡


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