Hurricane Harvey

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  1. Gloria Mitchell

    Gloria Mitchell Very Well-Known Member
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    Noo... I live 300 miles from Houston...the lines are from panic about lack of gas soon. Place some stations here already have ran out
     
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  2. Ina I. Wonder

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    I'll be busy for several days with cleaning and trying to document just what Harvey destroyed, so I'll just be checking in to try and keep up with everyone. Today will be a good time to be thankful for the many good friends that I have here, and the things I still salvage.

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  3. Ina I. Wonder

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    President Trump has said tomorrow is to be, "A National Day Of Prayer".

    Because President Trump is visiting Texas I wanted to see what he might be able to do for all the people not as fortunate as I. So as I was watching our president on the local TV channels, I have to say I was so proud that he is bringing religion back into the speeches made in his leadership. It made me realize that this has almost been eliminated from our leaders.
     
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    Libs say TX deserved it because they voted for him
     
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    Finally, the last remaining flood gauge in the Houston area, will fall below purple or major flood stage...
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  6. Bobby Cole

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    One of the lesser published results of hurricane Harvey came out yesterday. The Houston area received 275 TRILLION lbs of water which lowered the crust of the earth in and around Houston by 2 cm.
     
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    come on Bobby that was a real low
     
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    That translates into about 125 Billion gallons of water.
     
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  9. Harry Havens

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    A gallon of water is approximately 8.34lbs. Perhaps you are thinking of 125B Tonnes.
     
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    Let's see, 175 trillion lbs divided by 8 lbs per gallon = nope, not tons....pounds.
     
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    They can't know for sure, it is only an "educated" estimate.:confused:
     
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  12. Harry Havens

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    lbs and pounds are the same thing.
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  13. Bobby Cole

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    Uh Harry, I do know that lbs and pounds are the same. And also know that it takes 2000 lbs or pounds to make a ton. No, I do not mean tons! pounds into pounds equal pounds then have to be converted into tons.

    Perhaps we are saying something around the same thing but please do not think me daft nor ignorant.
     
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    Hi friends, I wanted to check in, and let everyone know I'm doing ok. I'm still waiting on my Allstate adjuster to come and tell me if they can fix my home. I thought I had gotten off with little damage, but once the water went down we were able to see several problem areas.

    I know I'll have to have a new roof, and my home has shifted off it's foundation in the back part of the house. My hardwood floors have a split from the back of the house to the front. My husband's old workshop got four feet of water, and of course all the tools and lawn equipment are ruined. The zero turn lawnmover being the most expensive. I haven't even tried to turn that on, and I have no idea what to look for on that.

    I have to give praise to Allstate. I been a customer with them for almost 40 years, and they've been calling at least every other day to check on me. And best of all, they already sent me $5,000. on just the personal content of my home, and I do not have to pay that back. Then I got a call today telling me that I'll be receiving another check for the same amount, and that one will be part of the total amount of the dwelling repair cost.

    My water well finally gave up two days ago, because it was under water as well. The well man had to replace everything from the ground up except the holding tank. My roof has at least three large holes in it.

    I finally was able to see my doctor yesterday, and it seems I have a bad lung infection, so now I'm take antibiotics to try and clear that up. But I feel my Creator has been with me through it all.

    I want to thank @Harry Havens , for his help with the graphics on Greens Bayou, I just didn't know how or where to find that information.

    And I also want to thank @Yvonne Smith for staying in touch with me through the storm. I admit to being afraid, and just knowing that she was there to talk to helped relieve some of that fear.

    God is good.

    The first picture is part of the foundation, the second one is the well, and the well house will have to be rebuilt as well.

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    Yeah, that doesn't look good, Ina. I am so sorry you were hit with it, but pleased that the insurance company is coming through. We had a somewhat similar situation a few years ago when nearly all of our water and heating lines broke while we were up north one winter. Aside from having the plumbers here on Christmas Eve and until about midnight on Christmas Day, there was water damage. I was prepared for a major problem with the insurance company but they dealt very well with it, paying all of the bills and arguing about none of it, then giving me a check for $300 when it was all over to pay for any incidental problems that might not yet have been noticed. There were some, but not $300 worth. I don't even know what the full bill was but we had four plumbers here over the Christmas holidays, and then the heating people came in after that, so I know it wasn't cheap.
     
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    Oh I'm pleased that the insurance company have already given you some money @Ina I. Wonder to help with the repairs, and oh dear it looks like you're going to need every penny along with the following cheque ....what a mess!!.:eek::(.I know you said that you got away with minimal damage compared to your neighbours, but jeez that is still an overwhelming amount for you to sort out..I hope you get some help. Not good that the house has shifted off it's foundations at the rear, nor that you have holes in your roof, and floors split and so much other damage.


    I can imagine how scared you were...it must have been terrifying for you, and thank the good Lord you had such a good friend in @Yvonne Smith and Bobby , to keep an eye on you, and to know if you ever needed to be rescued..

    Are you going to stay in the house while it's being repaired or can you go and stay elsewhere for some R&R while it's being done ?... if I remember your house is made of Cedar wood isn't it?...does that repel water better than any other type or how does it stand up to flooding?
     
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    @Ken Anderson , I really can see the misery of your home being flooded by the plumbing. The fact that it was in the cold of December, and over the holidays had to be a hair pulling time.

    My husband was the one that set up our home insurance policy, and it turns out that I have full coverage. I remember that he had a difficult time finding someone to cover this old structure, and when I had to pay the yearly premium after he died, I was shocked at the cost, but after looking into other companies I saw that I'd best stay with one Michael chose. I was also very lucky last December, because I found out that Micharl had dropped our flood insurance, so I had it reinstated last January. So I guess it's true, you get what you pay for. Now I need some good guide lines on choosing honest contractors.

    @Holly Saunders, it's good to hear from you. Yes, I hope to stay here for as much of the repairs as I can. The problem around here is that every hotel/motel room is already full of families in the same situation as I am. We might have to leave for a day or two, but I hope not. The only available rooms are the very expensive ones, and those are few. Plus there is Izzy, Bobert and his dog Taco.

    One of the problems is that it's difficult to find someone that is willing to work on a 147 year old log structure that is built of red pine and cedar. Oh, and to answer your question. It's true that I have little trouble with insects coming into the house. I am hoping the original hardwood floors can be saved, but they are pretty warped.

    People keep offering to buy my place like they think I'm just itching to move. But I've lived here for 30 years, and this is the only time this place has flooded, and there's not many places is Houston that can say that. So I think the odds are with me.
     
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  18. Holly Saunders

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    OOOH @Ina I. Wonder , I forgot to say I'm sorry to hear that on top of everything else, you've now got a lung infection, the very last thing you need while living in damp conditions... Oh Mi Chica, you have had a really bad time of it the last few years haven't you.:(..sending love to you..
     
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    @Holly Saunders don't worry, I went to the doctor and he put me on an antibiotics. With the humidity and everything still wet, the mold levels are pretty high. At least we've had a cool front come through giving us temperatures in the upper 80's.

    Yes it does seem like the last few years have contained one slap in the face after another, but I'm still here. I'm beginning to wonder if it is my time to learn how to find peace and contentment in just being. I now live a very quiet life style. I've always felt I needed a reason to go forward, but maybe learning to enjoy each day aside from whatever it brings is as important as the ups and downs those same days entail.
     
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