Archive for September, 2005

NEWS – Gas shortage lingers after Rita

Eric Scalf reports on the availability of fuel the day after Rita.

(Time: 4:41)

via This Week in Houston

We Made It! Now let’s drink!

Now let

The Road Home – a blog that helps you get back to where you need to be

The Chronicle has a very useful new blog called The Road Home :: What You Need To Know For A Safe Return.

Un-evacuees (if that makes sense) can call their hotline to alert fellow motorists of road conditions, traffic and gas availability: 713-362-7060

Staggered Return For Evacuees

Governor Rick Perry’s office has released a plan for a staggered return of evacuees. The return will start tomorrow and last three days.

From the press release:

Sunday: Residents may return to communities west of I-45 and north of I-10, including residents of Tomball, The Woodlands, Waller, Hockley, Katy, Brookshire and surrounding communities.

Monday: Residents may return to communities west of I-45 and south of I-10, including residents of Richmond, Stafford, Rosenberg, Sugarland, Pearland and surrounding communities, plus all Houston residents inside Loop I-610.

Tuesday: Residents may return to all remaining areas east of I-45 and north of I-10 up to the Liberty and Chamber county lines.

Whether or not people follow these guidlines is anybody’s guess. Hopefully people that can stay out of town for a while will do so in order to allow fuel, supplies, and repair crews to come in quickly.

Damage photos…

I have a gallery of damage photos that I took, this afternoon. Mostly it’s fences and tree parts… Also includes some images of my preparedness, and pre-Rita images.

NEWS – Food options in the wake of Rita (This Week in Houston)

Eric Scalf reports on the availability of food the day after Rita.

(Time: 1:33)

via This Week in Houston

University of Houston To Resume Classes On Thursday

Although the University has not received much damage as a result of the hurricane, UH announced today that classes will not resume until Thursday. Given the amount of people that evacuated, I think this is probably a good idea. It also doesn’t hurt that we have been off from school since Wednesday.

You can almost think of it as Spring Break!

Brave little birdie…

There’s a brave little birdie out in a tree in my front yard. Well, he’s either brave, or suicidal. The winds are still gusting to around 30mph, out here, although the sustained is probably only around five.

We (myself, my family, and indeed my neighborhood) weathered the storm, just fine. The only definitive damage was a squirrel nest in the live oak tree in my backyard. Poor squirrels. Assuming I can get out of my house (my family literally barred the doors, keeping my from going outside last night after the winds picked up. I just waited until they went to sleep and then stepped out on the front porch), I’ll be going out and taking photos of the surrounding area, here in NE Ft. Bend. Hopefully, I’ll be back later with images.

Grey, rainy and powerless (sometimes) in Conroe

I woke up early this morning and ran to the window like it was Christmas or something. Would I see any fallen trees? Would the shores of Lake Conroe (which lives literally directly across the street) be lapping at our doorstep? Would there be flying monkeys!!??

No, no and not yet. Like everyone has mentioned, our power has been flickering (ope

Sabine Pass and surrounding areas feeling Rita’s wrath.

I don’t know if anything I’m posting has already been said because I’m trying to get this in before the power goes out!!!

Looks like we missed the brunt of the storm at the last moment. It turned towards Sabine Pass and the eye made landfall 5 miles east of the pass. Todd’s hometown, Port Arthur, has taken a beating all night long with wind gusts up to 116 miles per hour, I believe. Todd is already setting up a site to help the people surrounding Sabine pass with resources after the storm. Good job, Todd. I hope his family’s home is okay, though it is very near the water. I am sure glad his mom got the heck out of there! Posting this before I lose power. My brother is a few miles away and is without power. The lights keep blinking on and off here. The Woodlands has received a little rain. 3/4 inch has made it into the rain gage. Nothing compared with the projected 24 inches predicted for areas getting the bad end of the storm. Though, with the wind, that is not very accurate. Stay safe everyone!!!

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