[SIZE="4"]What's Love Got to Do With it?[/SIZE]
Tina Turner didn't get along with Ike. Now Houston knows why. It's hard to tell if Houston won or lost the Battle with Ike this weekend. Surfice to say the Bayou City got it's nose bloodied. Since Ike left, let's say Houston won. Hurricane - Smurricane.
Downtown Houston, Tx
Ike barely seemed to drop any rain. The storm was gone quickly enough moving at first Northwest and then looping toward Arkansas but the debris from it's heavy winds...namely foliage and shurbery and peoples gardens stopped up the cities drainage systems and when it did rain for real we got the above to wake to the morning after Ike had already hit the previous morning. Thanks mother Nature...Houston appreciates the double helping of precipitation.
Surviving Ike was a "Breeze" but picking up the pieces is proving the real challenge for Texas' largest city with a Metropolitan populas of over 6.4 milion people. Downtown Houston is a minefield of glass. And and the 2 million citizens in the City limits are mostly without power, water, and the streets are flooded thanks to a combo of stopped up storm drains and an After Hurricane Thunderstorm showers that rolled in Sunday Morning.
[SIZE="4"]You Better Be Good to Me[/SIZE].
Mayor Bill White is livid. FEMA is whipping up a frenzie of RED TAPE and got on the Houston air waves stating the Water and Food are in the area and when the Judge and the Mayor designate drop spots the distribution will begin.
Mayor White promptly contradictor the FEMA Manager when he took the microphone and said. "We have designated the Drop off Locations. We will hold FEMA responsible if the supplies are not delievered in a timely manner.
Mayor White has proven to be easily one of Houston's most prominent Mayors. He moved quickly to move buses and supplies into the New Orleans area when Katrina struck and provided nearly instant relocation in Houston's Convention Centers...GRB George R. Brown, The Reliant Astrodome and parlaying with San Antonio and Dallas to place the evacuees. Now after seeing to Houston's needs before Ike struck with what many see as the best response to a natural desaster in recent History he merely wants the aid promised his city by the Federal Government. He's done his part...the question is where is Uncle Sam.
Galveston, Texas aka The Island.
[SIZE="4"]Rolling Down the River[/SIZE]
The Island suffered a direct hit from Ike. A 20' storm surge submerged the entire 20 miles long island at the mouth of Galveston Bay and the Largest shipping Port in America. Texas City and Clear Lake (NASA) also were hit with high rolling water from the Storm but the Texas City levies held very well. But it was the Island that is completely without power. The Largest rescue effort is currently underway to retrieve nearly 20,000 Island residents, nearly 40%, of the 50,000 Island population that disregarded the order to evacuate. They spent the night in complete Darkness roaming the streets after the Hurricane. It's being called the Largest Resue Effort in Texas history.
My House...and Street...a tree Grave Yard....
Now I wish I saved that picture of Ike from South Park in place of the hurricane heading towards Texas...
The waterfront is particularly bad, if The Weather Channel was correct.
It takes a Storm as Big as Texas to take on the Lone Star State. However I have no place to go to go for any number of Bathroom activities so insert toliet humor hear.......
Sooo, you need to go to one of the set up shelters to do your thing?
I may have to... I'm hoping water is the first thing restored.
It should be, electricity takes the back seat when there's no drinking water.
I've been assigned to guard a local building tonight between 1 and 4. Make sure no one takes runs off with the generator.
22nd December 2003
Never knew you were from Houston, glad to know you're alright. My family is fine, just no power. One of my friends got a tree through her house, but everyone was ok, so that's what counts. I still have people I need to call to check up on, don't know when they'll have a phone to use though, but it never hurts to try.
yup,...I thought you knew. I new you were from Texas. If remeber right from Houston too. Trees are certainly ever where. I'm on Guard duty on Richmond and WAlnut Bend right now. Thanks. I'm glad fallen trees were about the worse of it.
Phone service from the cell companies were commandeered by FEMA in order to parly with incoming workers and Federal Assistence.
Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
Well atleast you came off uninjured so that's good. How is your house doing?
Not sure what else to say except that I hope repairs will go swiftly so that things return to normal ASAP. :)
Oh and your location says "New Praxis", Praxis is a DYS (Do it yourself) store chain overhere were you can get building materials etc. Kinda funny. =p
Edit: As for who won, you can't defeat nature only resist it and hope for a draw at best.