Link of the Week – Hurricane Harvey

As you may have heard, Hurricane Harvey roared ashore at Rockport, Texas on Friday, August 25th as a Category 4 storm leaving destruction and one death in the rural area. But the real nightmare didn’t come from the winds or storm surge. Not this time. The real catastrophe (not to lessen the damage to Rockport or the surrounding areas) has come by way of rain 100 miles away in Houston, Texas—9 TRILLION gallons and counting. There are predictions that some parts of the area will receive  50 inches of rain. It’s unfathomable. The entire region has had unprecedented flooding. With these numbers, it is easy to see how places that had never flooded before are now under water. River, creeks, reservoirs, levees are all cresting, overflowing at impossible heights. Thousands have had to be rescued. Thousands have lost everything.  There will likely be 40-60 billion dollars in damage.

Despite the warnings and all the preparations, it has been like watching a train wreck in slow motion. There really has been no way to know how this storm would affect us. Yes, us. Your Musetrackers live in the Houston area. But Stacey and I have been lucky. We have been spared. Are families are dry. My own house is within a  1 to 2-mile radius of a significant waterway. I’m still finding it hard to believe that my house, which my yard backs up to a creek, did not flood. And yet, many of my neighbors have. As I type this, Black Hawk helicopters are flying in overhead to aid in rescues.

It is going to be a long process to rebuild. And the rain STILL hasn’t stopped.

If you feel so inclined to help victims of Harvey, please donate to The Red Cross

Or help by donating to Houston Texans football star JJ Watt’s relief fund.

You can also help by donating to The Houston Food Bank and to The Houston Humane Society.

Some before and after pics to get a perspective.

April 2017

August 2017


3 Responses to Link of the Week – Hurricane Harvey

  1. Judith Russell-Tooth says:

    Great and very informative report.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    thank goodness y’all are safe so far. And God bless all those who have suffered and will have to rebuild.
    Louisiana went through similar situations (though smaller in scale) about three times in the past two years. I know people who sustained damage in more than one event. Horrible business.

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  3. Funny you should talk about Louisiana- I’ve received a detailed list of steps and ideas to take with me to my cousins’ houses who are under water. As soon as I 10 is open, we’ll be on the road down to Winnie.

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