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Old 08-27-2017, 09:00 AM   #43
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they interviewed the mayor of Corpus Christi and he said he didn't think the government should be telling people what to do...
I agree.
Once the government "knows best", it never stops.
But conversely, when you stay and are sitting on your roof, don't call for help.
America became the world's greatest country by rugged individualism, not by being a nanny state.
I have no problem with the mayor calling for an evacuation, but I draw the line at arresting people who don't listen.
Maybe people living along the Texas coast should build on stilts, my goodness, storms go through there every year!

In my earlier post, about the fifth wheels flipped over, there were no trucks there. If it was me, I'd have hooked up and taken the fifth wheel with me. Maybe they were up on blocks or undriveable. It's not there a tornado where there's no warning.
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Old 08-27-2017, 09:37 AM   #44
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If you've never seen a manhole cover flipped in the air like a tiddly-wink by a geyser of stormwater shooting up out of the hole, count yourself lucky. ......
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That process was surprisingly common in Chicago when I lived there. At various points the manholes would turn into 10 to 15' geysers. I always wondered about the people that would go plowing through the still submerged streets in those areas. The results were predictable.

Yes, a bit later they spent billions of dollars fiddling the storm runoff systems ....

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Just because that road *looks* ok, consider the manhole covers !!!

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Old 08-27-2017, 10:27 AM   #45
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just had call from son in Vidor/Beaumont (90 mi E Houston) they are getting "slammed" with rain and wind.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:44 AM   #46
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We left houston for Hillsboro early Friday morning. We have had 25" of rain in our west houston neighborhood so far. It is pouring rain there again right now. They are looking at up to 40" before this is all done. There are only 2 other rigs here at the NTAC Terraport. Both from the coast. Everyone in SE Texas is in our thoughts and prayers.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:59 AM   #47
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The latest report from Rockport and Port Aransas FYI:

http://www.chron.com/news/local/arti...php?ipid=hpctp

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Old 08-27-2017, 03:03 PM   #48
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The water level charts continue to be updated with ever-increasing data and forecasts, for example this one near the hometown of texasvette:




Post #30 here from last night first reported this chart being at 144.81 on the lower left. The recent verticality of the curve takes one's breath away. Note the newly revised maximum flood crest at 166' for tomorrow morning. The previous forecast called for this to crest late tonight. The pain is being increased, and the duration lengthened, every time we look at these charts.

No need to duplicate what everyone is seeing on the news, this is an historic event.

Sunday prayers for all the folks in Texas.

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Old 08-27-2017, 03:06 PM   #49
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thoughts and prayers......
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Old 08-27-2017, 09:45 PM   #50
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We have family in a RV park in Brazoria on highway 36. Their RV is on high ground but the roads around them were flooding and soon to be impassable. They have headed north toward Waco but had to take a longet round about way due to weather.
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Old 08-28-2017, 12:46 AM   #51
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Brazoria is SSW of Houston, just west of the Brazos River [with RV parks shown]:

https://www.google.com/maps/search/r...6!2d29.0444147

. . . and the Brazos River seems not to have gotten as much rain as closer to Houston. This water level station is near West Columbia [NW of Brazoria on Highway 36], and has not reached flood stage yet, but the forecast line is not reassuring:

https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydr...hgx&gage=wcbt2

Hopefully they can stay put on the higher ground and ride this thing out. The likelihood of going north safely may be quite low IMO, due to many rivers and bayous being saturated from Harvey, with no place for the excess water to go.

The following site has many other water level stations which you can check [See Post #37 here also]:

https://www.weather.gov/wgrfc/

. . . and on a quick glance the situation north and west of Brazoria does not look hopeful, I am sorry to say, with worse flooding already up that way.

Wish the news were better . . . prayers for your family.

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Old 08-28-2017, 04:25 AM   #52
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The worst rains have moved well east of Houston for now . . .

https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/ea...r-radar?play=1

. . . but the Spring Creek water levels linked here continue to rise to all-time records, with higher crests forecast to arrive soon:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydro...HGX&gage=SPNT2

The Bravos River station added earlier is still not in flood stage yet, but the crest is not expected until Thursday morning, because this area is well to the south, so all the water up north still has to work its way down the Brazos:

https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydr...hgx&gage=wcbt2

Prayers for everyone in Houston, Rockport and the rest of the Gulf Coast. Harvey will require a huge recovery effort.

texasvette, hope you are doing OK, and Hittenstiehl's family members in Brazoria.

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Old 08-28-2017, 05:41 AM   #53
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PS -- The Tomball link did not make it into the previous post:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydro...hgx&gage=tmbt2

This station appears to be cresting right now at 166.35' which is an all-time record [by 1.25'] compared to the previous high set in May 2016.

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I agree.
Once the government "knows best", it never stops.
But conversely, when you stay and are sitting on your roof, don't call for help.
America became the world's greatest country by rugged individualism, not by being a nanny state.
I have no problem with the mayor calling for an evacuation, but I draw the line at arresting people who don't listen.
Maybe people living along the Texas coast should build on stilts, my goodness, storms go through there every year!

In my earlier post, about the fifth wheels flipped over, there were no trucks there. If it was me, I'd have hooked up and taken the fifth wheel with me. Maybe they were up on blocks or undriveable. It's not there a tornado where there's no warning.

Agree 100%
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Rockport is a nice place. But full of substandard structures. And those fifth wheels likely hadn't been anywhere in years.
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Old 08-28-2017, 06:55 AM   #56
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New article just out on the Brazos River, where some mandatory evacuations have been ordered:

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-we...t-12030244.php

Hoping the RV Park high ground is above the expected flood stage.
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