Sunday Open Thread

Have a BLESSSED Sunday, Everyone.


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  1. Just thinking about those poor people stuck in homes and on their roofs and night is about to fall. It messes me up.

  2. rikyrah says:

    @beauty_jackson 38m38 minutes ago
    Replying to @beauty_jackson
    Folks who survived Katrina are dealing with rising water two days before Katrina’s anniversary. No one should endure that once.

  3. rikyrah says:


  4. I have went to visit people at this hospital a many times….. Trauma Hospital.

  5. Buffalo Bayou. I can’t believe what I’m seeing….

  6. The kids decided to spell the baby’s name with a C instead of a K. It’s Carson. And I have an update on him. Dr call says he’s eating on his own, he’s sucking a bottle, has gained 3 ounces and able to hold food on his stomach. Dr calls everyday to give an up date. So that makes me happy.

    • Liza says:

      Oh, SG2, I am so happy to hear that Carson (with a C) is eating on his own and gaining weight. Well, everyone must be really happy about that good news.

      How are the kids doing with the storm? There was a big hurricane in Jacksonville when I was about seven or eight, can’t remember my age, but I remember being really excited. I guess it can be exciting if you’re a kid and still have a roof over your head and food to eat and no worries.

      That’s funny that they changed the spelling of the baby’s name. I like it.

    • rikyrah says:

      SO happy to hear about Carson. Even during dark times, there can be joy. And, this is nothing but great news.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      What fantastic news that Carson is doing so well and able to eat on his own!!!


  7. FM 109 in Austin County Tx. The bridge leading into Washington County where Jonne and Josh live….

  8. Ametia says:

    FEMA director calls Hurricane Harvey a ‘devastating disaster’, could be the worst in Texas history
    Five thousand federal employees are in the state working on the disaster response, said the newly appointed Federal Emergency Management Agency director, William “Brock” Long. “The recovery to this event is going to last many years, to be able to help Texas and the people impacted by this event achieve a new normal.” Harvey is the first Category 3 or greater storm to hit the U.S. in 12 years. Torrential rain continues to fall. Rivers continue to rise to historic levels as people take refuge on rooftops.

    Due to the hurricane, The Post is temporarily removing the limit on the number of articles that can be read without a subscription.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      From above article:

      “Capital Weather Gang reported rainfall totals to be about two feet Saturday. Most locations in Southeast Texas can expect an additional one to three feet through Wednesday as the storm lingers.”

  9. It has started raining again here…

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Stay safe, SG2.

    • Ametia says:

      Were there ever evacuation plan for Houston? SMGDH

      • Liza says:

        I wondered about that too. There certainly doesn’t seem to be one despite Houston’s flooding history that has continued to worsen over the past four decades and the population of well over two million people.

      • Liza says:

        So here’s the Texas governor’s website. Right now, the lists of mandatory evacuations and voluntary evacuations do not include Houston or Harris Country.

        Interesting. I do remember reading somewhere that Houston was advised to shelter in place. But there were obviously parts of Houston that should have been evacuated.

        I guess we’ll hear more about this later.

      • Liza says:

        Link to Texas governor’s website:

      • Liza says:

        So this was as of 2:00 PM on August 26th, yesterday afternoon, and the flooding was overnight. Seems to indicate there never was a plan to evacuate even the parts of Houston most prone to flooding like the downtown area.

        So, they didn’t want to repeat the Hurricane Rita evacuation disaster, but what were they thinking? It appears to be that they figured they’d tell everyone to hunker down and ride it out and just hope it wouldn’t be as bad as predicted.

  10. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Harvey is causing ‘epic catastrophic flooding’ in Houston. Why wasn’t the city evacuated?”

  11. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Lord have mercy.

    The media is reporting that thousands are waiting to be rescued.

    From Houston Chronicle:×1024.jpg
    “Two kayakers try to beat the current pushing them down an overflowing Brays Bayou along S. Braeswood Sunday, August 27, 2017.”×1024.jpg
    “Ruby Young waits with her husband, Claude Young, after being rescued from their flooded home by boat and taken to a pickup point along Edgebrook Sunday, August 27, 2017. The elderly man had many medical issues from a stroke in May. Flooding is wide spread after rain from Hurricane Harvey.”

    • My ex sis lives in that neighborhood. I just got off the phone with her. Water is in her house, her youngest son who lives down the street and his wife had been waiting to be rescued since 3am and they have a little baby. No rescuers came, they waited until daylight and walked out with wife and baby and now at hotel with his Mom.

  12. Liza says:

    Hurricane Harvey: Why does Houston flood so much?
    By Fernando Alfonso III Published 6:49 am, Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Hurricane Harvey is expected to cause major flooding in Houston, and there are a few reasons why.

    At the top of the list are poor city planning and the city’s location.

    The fingers only started pointing at city planners during the 1980s when maps showed how low-lying areas near waterways already full of buildings were prone to flooding because of inadequate drainage systems. At the crux of the problem were pipes and roadside ditches that weren’t designed to handle major storms, known in the engineering world as the “100-year flood.”

    The “100-year flood” translates into roughly 13 inches of rain over 24 hours on any spot in Harris County. Harvey is expected to dump about 15 to 25 inches or rain and isolated maximum amounts of 35 inches over the middle and upper Texas coast through Wednesday.

    Downtown Houston is expected to see a bulk of the flooding, particularly in the Fourth Ward. This is nothing new, according to the Weather Channel.

    “Downtown Houston is just 50 feet above sea level, leaving it prone to storm-surge flooding. Poorly draining soils across the metro area increase the risk of flash flooding during heavy rain events,” the Weather Channel added.

    The other major factor in Houston’s flooding problem is its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico.

    A large amount of CO2, which account for most greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., “drives the temperatures of both the atmosphere and the oceans up, allowing the atmosphere to hold more water vapor,” according to the Weather Channel.

    This, as a result, can intensify storms and cause global sea levels to rise.

  13. Liza says:

    Finally here’s some reporting for inland areas east of Houston…

    Harvey’s Catastrophic Texas Rainfall Flooding Threat to Continue For Days; Storm Totals of 40 Inches Possible; Record Flooding Observed
    By Jon Erdman and Chris Dolce
    Aug 27 2017 09:30 AM EDT

    In addition to the reports mentioned earlier in this article, here are other locations that are forecast to experience river flooding this week.

    Local National Weather Service (NWS) offices have not minced words about the rainfall flooding, warning that some structures could become uninhabitable or be washed away. Road and bridges could be closed, with some weakened or washed out, due to the record river flooding expected in some areas.

    The NWS is forecasting major river flooding in roughly four dozen locations in southeast Texas.

    Homes may be flooded along stretches of the Brazos, Colorado, Guadalupe, Navidad and San Bernard Rivers.

    Flooding along the Brazos River in Richmond, Texas, could approach the previous record crest set just one summer ago, on June 2, 2016.

    Given the longevity of the rainfall, and flood water draining from smaller tributaries, it’s likely mainstem rivers such as the Brazos, Colorado and Guadalupe rivers will remain above flood stage into Labor Day weekend, possibly beyond.

    These flood waters will drain toward areas near the middle Texas coast hammered by storm surge flooding and destructive winds from Harvey’s initial landfall.

    Persistent onshore winds are still keeping water levels higher than normal along the middle Texas coast, including such areas as Port O’ Connor and Port Lavaca. This coastal flooding may continue through multiple high-tide cycles the next few days, only slowly subsiding with time.

    These surge-choked bays and inlets won’t allow these swollen rivers to drain fast enough, backing up these rivers and worsening flooding upstream, just as the floodwater upstream arrives.

    It will be an arudously slow process to first get coastal water levels down, then drain the massive volume of floodwater upstream. This process will likely continue past Labor Day, in some areas.

  14. Liza says:

    SG2’s most recent retweet was 27 minutes ago.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Please check in.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😐😐😐

  17. Liza says:

    Most recent retweet from SG2, 5 hrs ago. She’s probably sleeping now. I still can’t find any news for her area.

    Harvey ain't letting up… Its flooding where I live… 😣🙏 #houstonflood— Stephanie (@StephanieA1208) August 27, 2017


  18. Liza says:

    America has an infrastructure problem.

    So let’s give tax breaks to billionaires and multi-millionaires.

    I am livid.

  19. Liza says:

    Catastrophic, Historic Flooding Happening Now in Houston, Death Toll Rising in Harvey
    By Pam Wright
    Aug 27 2017 07:30 AM EDT

    Thousands of homes are taking on water and hundreds of people are trapped and stranded in rising floodwaters across the Houston metro after Harvey dumped more than 20″ of rain. More than 1,000 people have been rescued across the area so far as the death toll from Harvey rose to six.

    “There is life-threatening, catastrophic flooding happening now in Southeast Harris County,” Jeff Lindner of the Harris County Flood Control District told The Weather Channel.

    Lindner said water had overtopped Interstate 10, that there had been more than 1,000 water rescues overnight in the Houston area and that hundreds more were stranded in cars across roadways in the area.

    Flash flood emergencies have been issued area where the extreme rainfall has inundated homes, vehicles and killed at least five people. There are now three confirmed deaths in Harvey.

    The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says some homes have taken on more than 6 feet of water.

    Harris County Sheriff Ed Gozalez urged people to only use 911 in dire emergencies, noting that dispatchers were struggling to keep up with the calls.

    Residents have been forced to climb into their attics to escape rising water, KTRK-TV reports, and Gonzalez noted that a family of 10 were rescued from an attic early Sunday.

    The National Weather Service is warning people to seek shelter on their roofs rather than in attics to avoid becoming trapped.

    Parts of southeast Houston received 12-19 inches of rain in just six hours Saturday night into early Sunday, according to the Houston Flood Control District.

    Heavy rainfall and gusty winds will persist in the Houston area for days, according to meteorologist Linda Lam. Feet of rain is expected with rainfall totals in excess of 40 inches possible in local areas.

  20. Liza says:

    OMG, I’m first today. Good morning, everyone!

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