Hurricane Harvey In Texas

“Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days.”

via National Weather Service: We’ve never seen rain like this — WTVR.com

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Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is overburdening resources as authorities in and around Houston scramble to save those trapped by the high waters.

Hopes for an immediate respite from Harvey’s wrath seem unlikely as the National Weather Service calls the flooding “unprecedented” and warns things may become more dire if a record-breaking 50 inches of rain falls on parts of Texas in coming days.

The rainfall threatens to exacerbate an already dangerous situation, as Harvey’s rains have left many east Texas rivers and bayous swollen to their banks or beyond.

“The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before,” the weather service said. “Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days.”

The storm killed two people in Texas, authorities said, and the death toll will likely rise. More than 1,000 people were rescued overnight, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned that some 911 calls are going unanswered as operators “give preference to life-threatening calls.”

Here are the latest developments:

  • A woman who drove her vehicle into high water in Houston was killed, and fire killed a man in Rockport.
  • Several states and the US military are sending emergency workers and equipment to Texas. In Harris County, though, authorities are having issues mobilizing those resources. “We’ve requested boats, all the things that would normally happen in a well-planned response to an event like this, but they can’t get here,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said.
  • While Turner warned the rain could exacerbate flooding for “four to five days,” Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long said he expects his agency “is going to be there for years.”
  • The Houston Independent School District has canceled school for the week.
  • Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport is closed until Wednesday because of flooding, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
  • Ben Taub Hospital, which houses a Level I trauma center, is being evacuated after flooding in the basement “disrupted the power source,” Emmet said.
  • 316,000 customers have lost electricity, Gov. Greg Abbott said.
  • The Red Cross is serving about 130,000 meals a day, the governor said.
  • President Donald Trump will travel to Texas on Tuesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Trapped

Among those stranded by the storm is Ify Echetebu, 30, who spoke to CNN from her aunt’s house in Dickinson, not far from Galveston Bay. Along with her fiancé, grandparents, a friend and several teenagers, Echetebu is trapped on the second floor of the house as floodwaters creep up the staircase. She can see the rooftops of submerged cars in driveways, she said.

On the first floor, the water is up to her waist, she said. Emergency services know she and 10 others are holed up in the home, she said, but because emergencies take priority, she doesn’t expect to be rescued until tomorrow, Echetebu said.

“We’re nervous to stay here, but we are sleeping in shifts,” she said. “Now we’re having to deal with sewage in the water, river water, bayou water, water moccasins, snakes, gators.”

Not far away, a rescue operation saved 20 to 25 residents of La Vita Bella assisted-living facility in Dickinson.

“They were up to their waist,” Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark said. “If they were in a wheelchair, they could have been up to their neck.”

As authorities warned people not to take shelter in attics, unless they have axes handy to break through their roofs, several residents provided CNN with their accounts of riding out the storm.

“We are still stranded in our home with little kids and the water keeps rising,” Houston resident Janet Castillo said Sunday morning. “We have (tried calling several numbers), but their lines are all busy or they don’t answer.”

Jake Lewis of New Braunfels, Texas, said he woke up to ankle-deep water in the Houston hotel where he is staying.

“We have nowhere to go,” he said. “I have a 2016 Chevy Silverado and the water is up to the door panels. The water keeps rising.”

One of two confirmed fatalities happened in Houston when a woman drove her vehicle into high water and couldn’t make it across, city police said. She got out of her vehicle, was overtaken by floodwaters and drowned.

Many roads impassable

In a Sunday news conference, Abbott said, “We want to stress when there is heavy rainfall and flooding, the importance of staying off the road. If you drive into water, you’re taking your life into your own hands.”

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he understands the compulsion to find safer ground, but urged people to think twice before venturing out into high water and to consider unforeseen dangers, such as manhole covers being lifted from their holes.

Lt. Craig Cummings of the Texas Department of Public Safety said attempts to drive to safety may be futile anyway, as it took him two and a half hours to drive 20 miles in Houston on Sunday.

“There’s 60 barricaded locations as of midnight. Most thoroughfares are impassable. Several hundred structures are flooded, and we are expecting that number to rise,” he said.

The 911 dispatchers in the nation’s fourth-most populous city have received 2,000 requests for rescue, Mayor Turner said. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said his department had responded to 2,500 calls and have about 1,000 more waiting to be serviced.

Gonzalez tweeted that many high-water rescues were performed overnight in Houston, some involving children or residents with medical issues, including one person suffering from cardiac arrest. Stranded residents were saved from vehicles on the highway. Airboats were employed in some instances, he said.

People are taking to social media to announce their locations and ask for help.

One person, whose mom is diabetic and dad has heart disease, tweeted, “We need help!! My house is flooded.”

24 inches of rain in 24 hours

Harvey blasted ashore as a Category 4 hurricane just north of Corpus Christi. It brought with it 132-mph winds but was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm. Still, it continued to spawn tornadoes and lightning.

A flash flood emergency was declared for sections of Houston, where more than 24 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service said maximum sustained winds Sunday would be near 45 mph. While Harvey could become a tropical depression by Sunday night, residents are warned to remain vigilant.

The slow-moving storm is expected to drop 15 to 25 inches of rain over the Texas coast through Thursday. Isolated storms could drop up to 50 inches of rain, the weather service said.

“Rainfall of this magnitude will cause catastrophic and life-threatening flooding,” the weather service said.

Some residents are comparing Harvey to Allison, a storm that struck the Texas coast in 2001 and killed 23 people.

Allison was bad — really, really bad,” Houston resident Pat Napolio said, “but if (the water) creeps up anymore, Harvey will surpass (Allison).”

Rockport hit hard

Another fatality was reported in the battered coastal city of Rockport. A person died in a house fire during the storm, Aransas County Judge Burt Mills said Saturday.

Warnings of tornadoes, torrential downpours and potentially historic flooding means extra bad news for broad swaths of southeast Texas, already littered with uprooted trees, toppled signs, flagpoles snapped like toothpicks and homes missing rooftops and patches of brick walls.

Rockport resident: ‘We lost everything’

Additional fatalities were feared in Rockport, where an estimated 5,000 residents rode out the storm, Aransas County Sheriff Bill Mills said.

Brock Long, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said that Harvey would leave areas “uninhabitable for weeks or months,” echoing language last heard ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“FEMA is going to be there for years,” Long said.

 

Posted on 08/27/2017, in open discussion, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. It is terrible so much damage

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    • Good evening thoughts,
      Yes, and it is absolutely scary knowing that emergency services cannot get to people. Some people have voluntarily gone out in their own boats to help others.

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  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    Praying for those affected by the flooding in Houston.

    If you Google search with the words ” #Houston hashtag Twitter” you will get to a page that is constantly updating about conditions in Houston if you click the word “Latest” in the menu on that page.

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    • Yahtzee,
      Thanks for the instructions. Those are instructions for people who do not have Twitter accounts . For those who do, they can use the twitter search engine with the hashtag “HurricaneHarvey.” That is what I did and found the tweets that are embedded above. It also has tweets/news on other cities in Texas that have been devastated by the hurricane.

      Thanks again.

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  5. I hope things clear without further loss of life and that the threatened rainfall is less than predicted.
    Hugs

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    • David,
      My son just went to the weather channel and said that Texas is now reporting sink holes. (sigh) That means more rain water to go underground and possibly take the foundational support of roads and buildings with it. May mercy find its way to Texas.

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  6. It’s so sad. I hope many boats find their way to the affected areas. Praying for everyone.

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  7. Reblogged this on Home Sweet Home Wyoming and commented:
    Texas, may you see sunshine soon. . .

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  8. Horrible. God bless Texas

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  10. This man took a brave drive through the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. He takes us on a drive through Corpus Christi, Rockport, Port Aransas, Ingelside and Aransas Pass. The later portions of the video really show the damage those towns suffered.

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  11. yahtzeebutterfly

    This article provides a long list of ways (under each category) we can help, from donating money to sheltering victims, to volunteering, to donating blood, to rescuing animals:

    “How you can help Hurricane Harvey victims”
    http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2017/08/27/how-you-can-help-hurricane-harvey-victims/606674001/

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  12. This is so heartbreaking. The flood I had in my home the beginning of this summer was nothing.. I pray for those in Texas. When I see things like this. I HAVE NO PROBLEMS. Thanks for blogging on this Xena.

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    • Shyloh,
      Yes, it makes our problems very small to non-existent. There are things that man can control, and then there are things like hurricanes and tornadoes that man cannot control that wakes us up to what real problems are.

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  13. This is a level of devastation that we can’t even phantom…
    PRAYERS UP!!!
    Thanks for sharing Xena.

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  17. yahtzeebutterfly

    ‘No way to prevent’ potential chemical plant explosion near Houston, Arkema CEO says
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/risk-chemical-plant-explosion-houston-prompts-evacuation-harvey/story?id=49521170

    Excerpt:

    Arkema’s CEO said Wednesday that there is “no way to prevent” a possible explosion at the company’s Crosby, Texas, facility, which has been heavily flooded as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

    “We have an unprecedented 6 feet of water at the plant,” Arkema President and CEO Rich Rowe said in comments made Wednesday. “We have lost primary power and two sources of emergency backup power.

    “As a result, we have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire. The high water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it,” he said.

    Rowe added: “We have evacuated our personnel for their own safety. The federal, state and local authorities were contacted a few days ago, and we are working very closely with them to manage this matter. They have ordered the surrounding community to be evacuated, too.”

    Residents within a 1.5-mile radius of the facility, which is near Houston, have been told to leave, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

    Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, who represents the district that includes the chemical plant, called the situation “very dangerous.”

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  18. This is truely distressing, I hope that the communities can build the strength to regroup after this.

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