Looks pretty bad for the folks down in Houston/Galveston right now. I really like Galveston, would have liked to have lived there, but not with this Hurricane nonesense.
What did people do before FEMA and Homeland Security? They looked out for themselves!
I saw evacuation signs and information as far inland as New Mexico and heard info on the radio as far away as Arizona. Anyone who didnt get the word was deep under a rock or just doesnt want to hear.
I read this morning that an estimated 250,000 people ignored evac instuctions and stayed behind.
From the reports I've seen so far it looks like lots of property damage but very little loss of life. The storm surge didnt crest as high as they feared which is a good thing.
Now the only thing to worry about is loss of life from people protecting thier property, Texans can be a bit fiesty when they catch ya stealing from them, it's still legal to shoot cattle rustlers here.
That's very often the case that more people die after the storm is over than during the storm itself. Myself, unless I was far inland I wouldn't have stayed around there. However, the capacity on the roads is finite, the low-lying zip-code evac seems to have worked very well in this case.
I found a FoxNews database for Houston. Someone reported that Deer Park was hit pretty hard ... down fences, lots of standing water, roof damage, windows blown out, no electricity or water at all. May take a week or more to get back to normal life.
Houston and South Texas Members
Get back on here when you can and let us know how you did and how long you were without power and water. God bless and take care of yourselves!
The news reports- if you read between the lines- imply that it wasn't as bad as expected. The surge was 13.5 feet at Sabine pass,and that was the highest surge anywhere- 11 feet Galveston, 5 feet at Houston proper. Plenty of flooding but not the 20-25 feet some had been predicting.
It will be a miserable 2 weeks for Houston Metro because it is hot as heck,and power will be out for 1-3 weeks- no AC except for generators. We bought a cheap Coleman 3700 watts surge 3000 watts steady for $425 after Katrina. I heard that every generator within 500 miles of Houston was bought up-smart!
It is miserable sweating like a pig in a dark house for 2-3 weeks with no refrigerated food, no way of cooking food .
Good luck to all
i have survived ike!!!!!!!!
a tree on my truck .. leaving it scrached :(
there are alot of down trees and fenses (including mine)
alot of property damage
it was very very very scary very high winds everywhere you look is trashed
alot of flooding (not me!) several curfues ... no gas or open businesses ..
but im ok!!!!!!
alot of damage down here, many people are going to have to start completly over (and a few of thoes not to far from me)
yall pray for the victims