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10-09-2005 02:23 PM
S10xGN Here's a few pix of our place in Port Neches. Story is about the same as Vince's...
10-03-2005 09:38 AM
302 Z28 Back at home and the neighborhood is a wreck, tree limbs everywhere, and downed power lines. You really have to be carefull where you drive or you will be repairing flats all day long from roofing nails. No power and the estimates of when we will get it back are just outrageous. The 34 is in the same shape I left it, but it is now sharing garage space with lawn furnitur and plants. I do not have internet acces yet at home so I will be on and off from work occasionally. Looks like painting the 34 is going to slip a bit.


Vince
10-01-2005 02:40 PM
crazy larry I've never seen anything like this. on Thursday, traffic was backed up for 18 miles on highway 19 ( a state feeder from Huntsville and I45) no gas, no groceries, I'm surprised the beer store wasn't empty when we got there. Friday morning, the winds started kicking up, no rain. Still no gas, or groceries, More traffic on my dead end county road than in the two years we've been here. (KOA type place at the end of the road was packed.) We smoked a brisket Friday, and sat around drinking beer since the drags were canceled. dammit. Friday evening, the rain started, blowing sideways at all times, never let up, got up Saturday morning when the power died. was nice and cool, wind and rain from the northeast. Sat around drinking beer and eating brisket..(hurricane party WOot).. Power stayed off for two and a half days, neighbors behind us had power till Sunday morning, they let us run an extension cord over to keep the fridge cold. Then they allowed us to plug into their generator when their power went out. What great people. Mike and Nicia Ortiz, thanks millions. late Saturday, the wind and rain was coming from the southwest.... was kind of cool. Sunday morning, was one hot humid miserable day. still had beer, and today we smoked a pork hind quarter. damn glad everyone likes pulled pork sandwiches and bud. on Monday, a few stations had gas, and super long lines, I had gassed up the week before, so the truck was fine, finally did put gas in on Wednesday, 3.00 a gallon.

damage wise, all Houston county got was downed pine trees on power lines and roads. One of the boys had to work Saturday morning, (only grocery store open in town. cheap bastards.) Pulled a couple of pines off of the road, saw several other people on the way in, doing the same.

The town is trashed. Road sides are trashed. Everywhere shelter-wise that took people in, is trashed. It's a pretty trashy situation and thats all I'm gonna say about that.

Vince, I'm glad ya'll decided not to stay in Lufkin, they got it pretty good.
09-27-2005 07:45 PM
302 Z28
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Originally Posted by Dutchman
Vince,

We need an update, have you been home yet?
Whats the verdict?

How's the Gibbons?

Dutch
I have not been home yet, the authorities are keeping everyone out except for emergency workers, utility workers and military. I have had several people check my house and gragage and they assure me everything is secure. My trees in the front yard are minus a few branches but are still standing. Power is out, but I heard today they got the water and sewer working. They are advising to boil the water however. I have been very fortunate as my next door neighbor is a harbor pilot and is home, he is trying to get the Sabine Neches ship channel back in operation. I have a neighbor across the street who is a Texas DPS officer, another neighbors brother is a Nederland cop. So far there has been no looting, as they are really keeping on eye on things. I also have a niece who's husband is a captain in the Army reserve and he is in town also helping with security. I have zero damage to the house other than the privacy fence. We plan on trying to return this weekend. I am going to purchase a small utility trailer to haul a bunch of gasoline, water and other essential supplies back. Nederland was hammered pretty hard and the news media has not even given it a mention. Go to the following web site for a few photos, click on the mid county and Nederland damage photos. I just heard the Nederland mayor was on CNN this afternoon really giving it to the media and the government for ignoring the mid county communities of Nederland, Port neches and Groves. He called in some contract firms from the Houston area to provide several large generators to get the water plant up and running.

http://www.jeffortiz.com

The 34 is safe and secure in the garage

Thanks for the concern
Vince
09-27-2005 05:06 PM
Dutchman Vince,

We need an update, have you been home yet?
Whats the verdict?

How's the Gibbons?

Dutch
09-24-2005 09:40 PM
Ghetto Jet Whoa, what a relief, you have a house to go back to.

I was worried that ZZ430 would never get a chance to rip the asphalt up.
09-24-2005 08:03 PM
302 Z28 Thanks David. I managed to get in contact with a neighbor down the street that rode out the storm in her house, She walked down to our house and did a walk around. Looks like we fared pretty well. All the plywood I put up on the windows with Plylocks stayed in place. Two big trees in my front yard are still there, but missing some branches. She said I may have a few shingles missing but that may be the extent of it. My storage building in the back yard is still standing. All the privacy fences in the area are history. Another good thing is a Nederland policeman whose brother lives three houses down from
me rode out the storm in his brothers house. He approached this lady when she was looking over our house to inquire what she was doing. So at least someone is looking out for the neighbors property until we can return, probably on Monday I hope. Thanks all for the concern and prayers, looks as if they worked. Now if I can just get back to the 34.

Vince
09-24-2005 06:16 PM
Bluepen Hey Vince, They called us and told us to stand down, they got enough assets in place closer than we are. We're still on a 2 hour recall if they need more help so I guess its still up in the air.

David
09-24-2005 03:14 PM
pumpkin35 Hey guys. As a Katrina refugee , I know what it feels like. My cousin just left San Antonio for Houston Last Monday, Now him and his family are down in Florida. New Orleans got hit again, And I just happen to live in the 9th ward, where all the water went. I'm still in S.A., Was supposed to go to Houston, pick up some friends, and head to Baton Rouge, where the rest of the clan is. Plans changed. Prayers are out for you and yours. Good luck to you.
09-24-2005 11:24 AM
302 Z28
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrashFarmer2
I wondered about going West also.
At home before we evacuated the local authorities were advising against going west because the storm track had the storm going toward Austin and they were predicting hurricane force winds between Austin and College Station. That was before the storm track turned and hit the Texas Louisiana border.

Vince
09-24-2005 10:13 AM
CrashFarmer2
Quote:
Originally Posted by NXS
The storm was hitting shore and heading north.....why did everybody go north??? why not west or south??? or south west?
I wondered about going West also.
09-24-2005 08:30 AM
dinger There was a picture in the Fresno Bee yesterday, showed the northbound lanes, bumper to bumper, the southbound had 1 car going north with a cop hot on his tail. Not another car in sight in the picture, but the caption did say they opened S. bound to traffic headed north. I wonder if the ONE smart guy in the pic got a ticket? Makes you kind of wonder sometimes. Dan
09-24-2005 08:26 AM
NXS The storm was hitting shore and heading north.....why did everybody go north??? why not west or south??? or south west?
09-24-2005 08:14 AM
302 Z28
Quote:
Originally Posted by WakBordr7387
From what Ive heard, they did open up the other sides of the freeways.


BRad
They did eventually, but I think by that time the traffic was deadlocked. It is virtually impossible to turn the southbound lanes north within the city and out to about 5 miles or so because they can't block off all the access ramps. Eventually as you got away from the city they turned them all north, but IMO they didn't do it fast enough. They also should have had fuel tankers and porta potties pre-positioned. Not to second guess the authorities because they did a fantastic job, but there are lessons to be learned.

Vince
09-24-2005 08:10 AM
302 Z28 [QUOTE=Bluepen]Hey Vince glad you made it out as bad as it was. We're putting teams togeather now to head down after the storm passes. Don't know where we'll be sent yet but if I get sent down that way I'll try to get hold of you for address info and stuff because we'll be sent in before they open everything up for folks to come back most likely. Maybe I can get you some info ahead of time.

David

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