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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…)

Gulf Coast recovery

I have mixed emotions about this story.  Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the US.  They need a little of everything.  Katrina completely squashed what a calming the Mississippi Gulf Coast had.  Towns like Gulfport and Biloxi were devastated.  In this NBC report, Biloxi, Mississippi is thriving behind the gambling industry.  Old laws which required casinos to be water-based or placed after the hurricane and are to spur economic growth.

I lived in Shreveport — Bossier City, Louisiana during the late 80s and through the mid-90s.  The first casinos were built in the early 90s.  There was a lot of speculation of increased crime.  Fortunately, this did not happen.  Minimum wage workers nearly doubled their salaries by going to work for the casinos instead of some of the other businesses in town.  This caused a relative labor shortage.  The other businesses had to raise their pay in order to get qualified workers.  The casinos were an economic boom to a relatively depressed city.  The lowest wage earners increased their income and got health benefits.