I cannot say about Robert, but I'm FINE (The MESS hasn't hit SA yet, though the storm is supposedly to get to the Alamo City tonight. - All that we've had so far is a little bit of gentle rain.).
My lady is stranded in Houston & cannot get OUT as of 1245, 27AUG17. = I'm worried about her, as she is in a "low-lying area" of Harris County.
(I talked to "D" about an hour ago & she is going to try to evacuate NORTH & then West to Austin & then South to SA.)
I literally just now got off the phone with "D". = She is one seriously BORED/LONELY lady at this point & has a severe case of "cabin fever" from being cooped up in an apartment.
(I reminded her that she is warm/dry/safe, unlike so many other people in Houston. - I think that she now feels a little bit better after 15 minutes on the phone.= I would be CRAZY if I'd been cooped up that long & NOT be able to be outside.)
PRAY FOR all of the BRAVE 1st responders & the rest of the people who are OUT IN THE STORM, as I write these words.
Prayers with all in harms way, just heard from cousin from Port Aransis glad they got out to Austin a day before mandatory evacuation. They still are not back. Praying for Houston and all surrounding areas in danger. Good to see every day boaters rushing in to help! Have mercy.
As some here know, I'm one of the hundreds of "storm recovery volunteers" that are trying to help with this unprecedented natural catastrophe.
I'm PLEASED to announce, as of 1800 hours this evening, that the 25th US State has sent us HELP to replace our very 'worn-out & beaten down" professional First Responders.
(SOME of our police/firemen/recovery specialists/medical responders haven't slept more than 2-3 hours in days, have seldom had a solid meal per day & some of those, surprise, surprise, are "running on empty".)
Every skilled person, who shows up to contribute to the recovery operation, whether professional or volunteer will be welcomed with open arms.
KEEP them in your THOUGHTS, PRAYERS & HEARTS, please.
My lady & her brother FINALLY got OUT of Houston this PM, while I was working at one of the big evacuation centers.
(It took them 7.5 hours to drive from Houston to SA.)
Fwiw, we expect the center to be open for 120+ days, though we will move the evacuated folks to "other residences" ASAP. - The estimates that I've heard to return the area of damage to "a reasonable level of normalcy" is "best case" 3-5 YEARS.
(I fear that this storm & the resulting flooding may dwarf the damages caused by Katrina.)
UPDATE, so that I don't have to individually answer several messages.
"D", her brother & uncle are OK. = They are in a pair of apartments in McKinney, TX.
(We got the Honda C-RV out safely but "D's" brother lost his 2016 SUV to the flood & about half of his things. The uncle lost EVERYTHING except the clothes that he could carry in his arms.)
Nonetheless, we count ourselves as VERY LUCKY. = ALL will be WELL in my World.
As of now, we still have the BIG shelter open in SA & those poor folks have mostly lost EVERYTHING. MOST had no insurance for flood damages.
(PRAY for the evacuees.)
It's near impossible to imagine what it would be like to be in a situation like that if not personally experienced.
The only information I get is from the news broadcasts and as you know once the headlines are finished it becomes old news with no followup. There have been several semi's that have left the Green Bay area headed to the disaster area with food, water, blankets and other life essentials. The GB Packers had huge collection boxes at Lambeau field last Sunday for donations to the hurricane victims. Local high schools have all had donation drives etc. You are not forgotten even though it's not a headline anymore. Times like these is when families come together to support each other.
Prayers do go your way.
Believe it or NOT, the "popular press" as UNDERREPORTED the Harvey MESS. = It's FAR worse than they are reporting.
MANY thousands of evacuees have LOST EVERYTHING & it will take at least 3-5 YEARS to try to return the flood area to reasonably normal.
SATX, glad the family members are all intact, that's the main thing. Stuff can always be replaced the people can't. Been keeping everyone down there in our prayers. Yeah unfortunately coverage wains fairly quickly as far as the press is concerned. Unfortunately we know what your going through, we rode out hurricane Ivan and Dennis while living in Pensacola. The walls actually shook. Hang in there, prayer going out to you.