Hurricane Harvey

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  1. David S

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    I hope all of our members and families who may be affected by Hurricane Harvey are safe and with minimal damage.

    Sincerely,

    David
     
  2. John Hubby

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    I'm in the Woodlands about 35 miles north of downtown Houston and so far we are OK but the forecast is for three more days of constant rain. :( We live not far from Spring Creek which flooded in May last year and came close to putting us under, so far it's still about 6 feet below flood stage even with all the rain so maybe we'll luck out.

    The suburbs on the west and southwest of Houston are being hit very hard, flooding and tornados to boot. Also the inner city area is experiencing historic flooding right now, one of our daughters lives in Bellaire just inside the inner loop and their street flooded yesterday evening, now have water in their garage but the house is still about 18 inches above the water. Everybody waiting and praying . . .

    The Houston Regional started Thursday on schedule but the only folks that showed up were table holders and a few walk-ins. Friday was more of the same, about 85% of the table holders packed up and left by closing (including me). They were planning to have a couple of presentations Saturday morning but I've not heard how it went. Will be a substantial loss for Chapter 139.

    I expect there will be a number of members who will be flooded, will keep in touch with Chapter 139 executive to see who is affected.
     
  3. musicguy

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    Good luck down there in TX(and vicinity), I'm looking at video and it really looks
    bad, plus all the rain you are getting. I still have stress from Sandy.


    Rob
     
  4. shutterbug

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    Wishing you all a dry (or at least not a devastating) outcome!
     
  5. Kevin W.

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    Hope all are safe, looks really bad from what i have seen in the news.
     
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    I'm just southwest of you, John, in Cypress - water is about two feet from our house, roads are impassable. We've had almost 21" of rain in the last 36 hours - hoping that the rains this evening and tomorrow area bit less than that, and don't raise the water level enough to wash into the house.
     
  7. harold bain

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    Certainly these are unheard of amounts of rain. If an inch of rain is equal to a foot of snow, imagine 48 feet of snow! Our prayers are with Texans dealing with this.
     
  8. novicetimekeeper

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    I read it was around 8 cubic miles of water fell on the area, that's an awful lot of water.
     
  9. Omexa

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    Hi all, I live in the Northern Territory and previously in Northern Queensland; over the years I have been through 5 Large Cyclones so I can understand what the people of Texas are going through. My heart goes out to them and God Bless them. The terrible mess and loss of life in theses types of Storms is very hard to imagine unless you have been though such an event. Regards Ray (Omexa)
     
  10. darrahg

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    The All Texas Chapters Regional closed on Friday. The only ones remaining on Saturday were those volunteers cleaning up late on Friday. The hotel did not penalize on room counts as the storm is considered an act of God. We made arrangements with the hotel to give breakfasts to those remaining on Saturday and that had paid for breakfasts. I paid but decided to leave during a lull in the storm. I live a couple of blocks north of the Atticks reservoir in west Houston near Katy, Tx and have had over 40" so far. I have since stopped emptying my rain gauge. Our home has never been flooded, even though several neighborhoods in the vicinity have, and, with some optimism, don't think we will have to leave due to the high water. Maybe my geologic background paid off when shopping for our home back in the '80s. Time will tell. Several Chapter 139 members have been keeping in touch and I know of one that has had to evacuate and is now at a fellow member's home. We lost electricity a couple of times when the winds were around but have since settled down in our area. That's about it.
     
  11. John Hubby

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    Just a quick update. I spoke too soon about Spring Creek being below flood stage, a few hours after I made my post it started rising about 6 inches per hour but I had gone to bed asd was blissfully unaware of that happening. I had set an early alarm and at 5:30 am Monday the drainage channel behind my home was level full and rising, the front turned out to be already under water too deep to drive through. Six hours later we were being evacuated by a local fire department using an old army truck driving through nearly 4 feet of water in the street. There was about 10 inches of water in the house at the time.

    Fortunately one of my daughters also lives in The Woodlands in an area that has never flooded, so we are staying with her for the duration until the house can be repaired. The water rose another 5 inches after we left, not as much as I expected based on flood level reports, but still enough to do major damage to the floors, cabinets, doors, etc. I was able to go back late Tuesday afternoon to have a look and get some things we needed, it will be a major cleanup required

    Regarding my clocks, I had time after waking to the rising water to put up almost everything that was below waist level, only three hall clocks took water and only at the bottom of the cases. There are a few clocks I had stored in the bottom of a couple of cabinets I forgot about but none of them were expensive. On balance the collection fared well.

    Tomorrow starts the process to put things back in order, not at all looking forward to that but it is what it is. I'll be checking the MB but posting less for a while.
     
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    All the very best for the cleanup and getting back to normal.At least you and yours are safe.
     
  13. WRabbit

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    Sorry for you loss, John. I left the Regional Saturday morning and
    drove through Tropical storm conditions until I reached Huntsville. I got out just in time.

    Best of luck with your recovery efforts.

    Jim
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  14. FDelGreco

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    John:

    Sorry to hear of your personal disaster. How is Beth doing through all this?

    Frank
     
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    John--will say a prayer for you and your family-- your safety and the task that lies in the days ahead.
     
  16. Ticktinker

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    At the worst I was just perhaps about a foot above the waters.
    They were creeping up my driveway... I had no sleep on the nights when this went on, walking out in the rain and looking at markers I put out to see if it was getting worse...
    I am so blessed, my home was never flooded now or in previous rains. I am touched every time I think about it, and about my experience during IKE, of the winds over my home, sounding like a jet engine going constant for a half hour on each side of the Eye of the storm. I am so touched by thoughts I have of those less fortunate...
    Today I received a desperately needed offer of employment.
    The song morning after is a wonderful expression of the feelings I have had in those experiences.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KClpLzFftU
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  17. Ticktinker

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    A note about the volume of rainfall here.
    One of the more prominent weather forecasters reported we had around 9 Trillion Gallons of rainfall. It is interesting how many times it would fill various things like the Empire state building...
    Amazing! Check out tv Kprc Houston Frank Billingsley. I have heard the NOAA regards him as having highest forecasting skills...
     
  18. novicetimekeeper

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    Yes that's what I heard, it is about 8 cubic miles I think. (A 2 mile cube)

    The floods in Asia seem to be worse, I don't know if that is the geography or the volume of water, but millions displaced, hundreds already known to have died.
     
  19. John Hubby

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    Frank, thanks for your concern. Beth is doing OK, now trying to get settled in at our daughter's place. There has been a lot of help from family, friends, and complete strangers as the word has gotten out.
     
  20. Robert Gary

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    John:

    Sorry to hear of your damage. If there is anything we can do from afar, please let us know.

    Robert Gary
     

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