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Old 08-26-2017, 06:55 PM   #101
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I have a friend with a boat in Matagorda Municipal Marina. The phones and webcam are down and the sheriffs department says the roads were just closed due to downed power lines, so now she plays a waiting game to see if her boat is still afloat. Does anyone have any info on that area I can pass on to her?
We have Salty at Matagorda harbor and made a trip down there this morning before the powerlines fell....the poles were leaning badly at the time.

The water was about 5' above normal high tide, barely into the parking lot. Two days of preps have kept Salty safe so far....thanks to floating docks. Helped put extra lines on a couple boats that has not prepped. Only saw two sportfish boats that were chewing on each other due to parted lines....conditions were not safe to try to separate them.

We have no power at home and cell booster only works when running the generator, so my response may be slow. But you can PM me with her boat name/dock, and I may have noticed it.
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Old 08-26-2017, 07:04 PM   #102
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Note to self, find some good floating docks.

My plan was to sail the boat back to Rockport and dock it at the city docks, but they aren't floating. Wonder how that marina fared?
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Old 08-26-2017, 07:19 PM   #103
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Note to self, find some good floating docks.

My plan was to sail the boat back to Rockport and dock it at the city docks, but they aren't floating. Wonder how that marina fared?
"At the city marina, a handful of boats had sunk."

"He has heard from residents who stayed during the storm that the town’s harbor and marina are “pretty well wiped out,” but he has not yet confirmed that, he said."
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"At the city marina, a handful of boats had sunk."



"He has heard from residents who stayed during the storm that the town’s harbor and marina are “pretty well wiped out,” but he has not yet confirmed that, he said."

Oh crap. I missed that. Hope everyone is OK.
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Old 08-26-2017, 08:01 PM   #105
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Oh crap. I missed that. Hope everyone is OK.
So far just one death in Rockport. A lot of injuries reported. Apparently, nearly 50% of the people stayed, rather than evacuate.
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Well, the first thing I did this AM was flick on the TV to find the center grinding its way from Rockport to Victoria. Now Cat 1, but such a slow moving 80 MPH storm is going to eventually pry loose a lot of stuff, and after it prys it loose, it's going to soak it till it's mush.
That was what surprised me about Hurricane Andrew... I knew trailers were bad however what I did not consider was that everything surrounding the trailer park would suffer damage from the breaking trailers.

Slow moving is never good. I've been worried about everyone and their boats.
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Old 08-27-2017, 12:37 AM   #107
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Lots of trees down around town from what I see on FB. We have power or water now but they are working on it. I'm drinking wine now and eating some cheese and hummus so can't complain.
You poor dear... I'm glad you're managing, and very glad Bijou is south, inland and safe!

One thing I remember from Hurricane Ivan and then Katrina was that we locals had to clear the roads before the Red Cross could show up. The food wagons were a big help for certain. We were able to cook as we used propane.

You know, making caffeine addicts their morning pot of coffee sure is an easy way to make friends!

Ivan though did cement my desire to be able to live off the grid, and we were only without power for three weeks. We were very fortunate in that ours and two others in our neighborhood were the only ones with no roof damage. The house behind us had the final inspection on their new roof the DAY before Hurricane Katrina hit. Ivan removed his roof.

I hope the rain stops before more damage occurs. Keeping y'all in my heart and prayers...
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Old 08-27-2017, 04:30 AM   #108
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Well I hope the weather channel people are happy. We are getting killed down here. It is amazing how the tone of their voices change when it is actually happening. They go from attempted sensationalism to very somber. It's really bad down here. Really really bad.
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Old 08-27-2017, 04:55 AM   #109
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Baker, I wish I could offer some encouraging words, but what I am seeing on the tv is gut-wrenching this early morning. I see you have power - are you running a genny or is your neighborhood's power still intact? I haven't seen any reports from the Galveston Bay area. How did your house fare? Is your family safe?
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I'm wishing all those affected the best luck during clean up and hopefully the least damage from storm.
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So far we have power here in Baytown but I have NEVER seen rain like this and I've lived here in Texas all my life (almost 60 years). This is way worse than Allison and it's nowhere near over. Ike pushed a higher storm surge onto my property but this is much more widespread. So far I am dry but many of my neighbors are not. Glad my house is not on a slab. The rains are very slowly moving east and north which will cause the rivers that empty into Galveston bay to flood for days to come. So it will be awhile until we are back to normal even though we did not see the kind of sheer destruction experienced in Rockport and Port Aransas etc.

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Looks as if Houston isn't going to catch much of a break as about the same time rain abated for a few moments downtown, tornado warnings cropped up. When this is over, I'm going to need a serious break from the Weather Channel!
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No power here. House is dry so that is good. Hanging in there. Boat appears to be ok.
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Old 08-27-2017, 11:18 AM   #114
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Looks as if Houston isn't going to catch much of a break as about the same time rain abated for a few moments downtown, tornado warnings cropped up. When this is over, I'm going to need a serious break from the Weather Channel!

I just brought up my Windy app and watched the NAM 3k projections for rain for the next couple days. The rain just keeps hammering the Houston area. Even the ECMWF forecast has Houston getting lots of rain until Thursday evening. I can't imagine how the flooding will play out over the next 5 days.
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No power here. House is dry so that is good. Hanging in there. Boat appears to be ok.
That is good news thus far Baker. Hope things get back to normal for you real soon Mate.

Cheers.

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I was in Friendswood in '79 for Claudette. I was a field foreman for Bell Telephone. 20+ inches of rain on our house in 12 hours. Did not flood, but what a mess.
This one is looking much worse.
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Good luck guys, hope you will be fine.

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Well I hope the weather channel people are happy. We are getting killed down here. It is amazing how the tone of their voices change when it is actually happening. They go from attempted sensationalism to very somber. It's really bad down here. Really really bad.
We're so sorry to see all the people of South Texas are going through. Hate that the forecast has turned out right. Afraid they've yelled and warned so many times in the past people didn't believe it this time and some put themselves in harms way. I'm sitting here wondering if we'd really believe them in South Florida and we might now, but wouldn't have.

I'd encourage any who are safe elsewhere to find some of the excellent organizations (be careful and make sure legitimate) preparing to help the people in need of food, clothing, basic necessities. While waiting for insurers and FEMA these are the organizations that will help people get by. There will be churches stepping up as soon as possible too and regardless of your beliefs if you can help.

I think it's worse than even the forecasters imagined as it was one thing when dealing with amounts and forecasts, but seeing it in reality and people in the middle of it, it's many times beyond what one imagined. I know pulling up local television is scary. 911 doing all they can but many resorting to social media and some rescued through twitter.

This page gives the human desperation. Desperate cries for help pouring in from flood victims | khou.com

Watching people being rescued by boats and realizing that for everyone rescued there are dozens more needing help.
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No power here. House is dry so that is good. Hanging in there. Boat appears to be ok.
John,

Since the rain subsided for a while, I took a few pics of our marina and, as you can see, the boats are now going to have to take care of themselves for a while. I couldn't see either of our piers, but these are representative. Good luck . . . to both of us
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Wow....

It looks like your marina had the foresight to use piling that were tall enough to handle the depth. Currently, the boats look like they are doing fine. As long as their batteries can keep the bilge pumps working until power can be restored on the docks.
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