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Hurricane Harvey #4 Update

Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey, which is now a topical depression, just will not go away. It is chilling over the Texas coast dumping more and more rain.

The problems with Harvey are huge. With most disaster planning, you plan for an event to hit and area then you have an opportunity to come in and begin to assess the problem rather quickly. Once you assess the problem you can bring in the resources to fix the problem. Harvey just keeps going, on and on. There is not been a real opportunity to assess the problem. Many areas have simply remained as they are.

Weather Channel:

Tropical Storm Harvey has drifted back over the Gulf of Mexico and will meander near the upper Texas coast the next few days, bringing more torrential rainfall to the flooded Houston metro area, piling onto record-breaking, catastrophic flooding.

Localized storm-total rain amounts of up to 50 inches are not out of the question once Harvey’s rain is finished later this week. This may end up being one of the worst flood disasters in U.S. history.

Through Monday evening, parts of southeast Texas have received more than 35 inches of rain since Thursday evening.

The top rainfall total is 39.72 inches near Dayton, Texas, which is located well northeast of Houston. This is the fourth-greatest rainfall amount associated with a Texas tropical cyclone on record, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach.

Some believe that when the rain finally stops the Texas coast will recover quickly.  Texas is NOT Louisiana and Houston is NOT New Orleans. Houston is an economic powerhouse. Therefore, a lot of money will pour into Houston in order to repair things quickly. I predict that the recovery will be extremely spotty. Some places like Houston and Galveston will see a ton of money pour in while places like Freeport which took a direct hit from the Category 4 Hurricane will be slow, painfully slow to see recovery money.

More rain is expected over Southeast Texas. I continue to pray for the safety of the good people of Texas and Louisiana.

Out of all of the awful images out of Hurricane Harvey and there have been tons, this is the worst.

Nursing home residents all stuck in several feet of water. Heartbreaking. Thankfully, help did come.

Update: Damn. I really, really hate to type this but the Levees have broken. The worst nightmares of Katrina are rushing back into my memory.

From CNN:

The catastrophic flooding that has already swallowed thousands of homes in Texas could get worse after a levee breached south of Houston.

“Get out now!” Brazoria County officials tweeted Tuesday.

The levee breached after inland waterways rapidly swelled to major flood stage, county spokeswoman Sharon Trower said.

“The Brazos River is being pounded, and all of that water is coming down from the tributaries and creeks into the river,” she said. “All the roads around us are flooded. We don’t have any evacuation routes to tell people to take.” (more…)

Hurricane Harvey #3

Everyone in the US should be aware of the terrible disaster that is unfolding in Texas. I’m hoping that everyone learned the lessons of Katrina. I know that nobody is supposed to bring up Katrina but the lessons are important. Katrina was caused by a failure of local, state and federal agencies to work together to protect the most vulnerable. Texas is a big state with tremendous wealth and soul crushing poverty. Texas has always had a great emergency management department. I hope and pray that they are ready for this huge test.

From the Weather Channel:

Thousands of homes are taking on water and hundreds of people are trapped and stranded in rising floodwaters across the Houston metro after Harvey dumped more than two feet of rain. More than 1,000 people have been rescued across the area so far as the death toll from Harvey rose to three.

“There is life-threatening, catastrophic flooding happening now in Southeast Harris County,” Jeff Lindner of the Harris County Flood Control District told The Weather Channel.

Two people have died in the Houston area in flood-related deaths as torrential rain continues to fall, according to the National Weather Service, which also noted in a statement that “the breadth and intensity of this rainfall is beyond anything experienced before.”

Dr. Greg Postel, meteorologist and hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel, said the flooding unfolding in the Houston area “could be the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history;” and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said: “We’re measuring rain these days not in inches but in feet.” (more…)

 

Hurricane Harvey 2

This storm remains a serious threat to South Texas. It looks like wind and rain are going to be around for a while. Be safe.

Weather Channel:

Hurricane and tropical storm-force winds are still occurring. A sustained wind of 57 mph and a gust of 83 mph reported Saturday morning near Victoria.

A Texas Coastal Ocean Observing Network station at Aransas Pass reported sustained winds of 102 mph and a wind gust of 132 mph Friday night.

Rainfall amounts of more than 10 inches have already accumulated in southeast Texas, including 14.46 inches near Austwell. (more…)