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Offline M1Ashooter

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Houston We Have A Problem
« on: August 28, 2017, 05:32:30 PM »
My brood is safe and dry but there are tens of thousands of people in trouble.  My red neck rain gage has collect 34 inches so far. 

Some may know that my son is a young US Coastguardsmen so I'm partial to the Coastie.  The work that the Coast Guard is doing is amazing.  They have 20 copters running around the clock along with numerous small boats.  Many neighbor hoods have 12 feet of water in them.

The governor has activated the entire Texas National Guard.  FEMA's response teams are here.  What really impresses me and I didn't doubt this for one minute is the response of the community.  Neighbors are helping neighbors.  When calls are made for small craft to help get people out, boat owners flock to help.

You see this is so big the gov't can't do it all.  Texans are doing what Texans have always done and that is roll up their sleeves and get to work.  We have the Cajun Navy which is a loose group of small boat owners here also to help.

This flood response is the easy part.  Rebuilding is going to be hard because of the sheer size of the flooding. Texas will pull this off.  You all know everything is bigger in Texas and that includes our floods.

Cheers and May God Bless Texas and all that serve her.

Gary

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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 08:54:21 PM »
Yes, God bless Texas !




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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 09:18:49 PM »
  Stay dry Gary and yes God bless Texas! My extended family is in Brazoria and likely not faring well in these floods... Scott
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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 07:38:51 AM »
My son is enroute to the disaster zone as we speak.. Please keep him and his entire unit as well as all the other responders in your thoughts and Prayers..

He is in a 62 truck convoy bringing boats, water and food from El Paso, Texas     

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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 12:56:59 PM »
Prayers and thoughts to all my brothers and sisters over there !

Stay safe all  :'(
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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2017, 04:55:57 PM »
there but for the grace of god go i, mathew was enough for us last year!
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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2017, 05:40:02 PM »
my brother in law lives in the downtown area, about 2 1/2 miles from his job at M D Anderson cancer center. it's pretty bad in his area.
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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2017, 09:12:33 PM »
Smitty the Army is staring to make their presence known.  Dang all the way from ElPaso in a Gi truck is a hell of a hike.

I saw video of our local Marine Res  AMTRAK Unit working today. Having watch the Katrina Response and now the Houston Response is very different.  Today everyone seems to have there act together.

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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2017, 06:50:39 AM »
Smitty the Army is staring to make their presence known.  Dang all the way from ElPaso in a Gi truck is a hell of a hike.

I saw video of our local Marine Res  AMTRAK Unit working today. Having watch the Katrina Response and now the Houston Response is very different.  Today everyone seems to have there act together.

UPDATE::

1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade is deploying 25 helicopters and support assets. 4 Medevac choppers departed yesterday and will be arriving today. CH47 Chinooks loaded with MREs and Water enroute as well...I work across the street from the airfield and this morning many of the UH-60 Blackhawks and Chinooks were already warming engines and were taking off in chaulks of 2-3 

The disaster of Katrina and the Slow FEMA response in it's aftermath still is fresh in the minds of many. The citizens need help immediately, even during the storm, just as much as they need help after the storm with recovery. With that said many locals and private citizens have banned together to help out neighbors and strangers alike, because one common thing they share is loss.. Some lost much, others little but that loss is what has bonded people together in this crisis..

Incredible to seethe private citizens Navy and the Cajun Navy and all other rescue assets out there helping people out.. This is what makes me proud of America..

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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2017, 08:01:28 AM »
Thanks for the online updates Gary. You're a regular Texan "Noah"!!
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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2017, 10:01:14 PM »
I finally got out and about yesterday.  My community took a lot of water.  When you look at flooding you say thats bad, when you look at the aftermath of the flooding I have no words to explain it.  The flood waters stopped about a half mile from my house.  I still can't get my hands around this.  Some streets one side got flooded and on the other high and dry.

Our main shopping area is destroyed including my two favorite pizza places, one of our two High Schools is closed for the school year.  I pulled into one of the neighbor hoods close to my house and stopped quickly.  I was faced with mounds of stuff from the peoples houses.  The homes were custom built 30 to 40 years ago.  You know the kind with rich wood paneling.  The homes are worth a half a million dollars and are 3000, to 5000 square feet.  Thats a lot of carpet and furniture that is now lining the street.  I felt like I was intruding and turned around.  I did see the You Loot and We Shoot Sign.

This sucks.

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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2017, 10:58:22 PM »
My heart goes out to you and your fellow Texans Gary. We've all seen the tv coverage...the devastation is unbelievable. It will take some time for life to get back to normal and for the affected communities to rebuild. Several years ago we had extensive flooding in parts of the UK...not as the result of a violent hurricane of course...but destructive nevertheless. Folks had to live in trailers or other temporary accommodation for a couple of years or more whilst their homes were gutted, dried out and re-furbished. The demand for plasterers, electricians and other specialists was such that they had to be brought in from other parts of the country. Then there was the destruction of or damage to the infra-structure. Alas Gary, it'll get worse before it gets better. Thoughts and prayers for you all...and your Floridian "neighbours" as they wait with bated breath for whatever their fate might be.
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Re: Houston We Have A Problem
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2017, 06:55:39 AM »
My son has been bouncing around to some of the areas still heavily impacted by Harvey. He was in Beaumont, TX for a few days, went to Port Arthur, and now he is in Orange, Texas.. Will be continuing to update you all when I have heard back from him..

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