Hurricane Harvey Update – Thank You for Your Prayers

28
Aug 2017

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Update #3 (8/30, 1:30pm): We just got back from the house. Access roads to the subdivision are still blocked, but we were able to get in and out on foot through the gap in the fence. Our street is still dry, and the house and our cars are fine.

The situation with the Addicks and Barker reservoirs that had us so concerned yesterday appears to have eased considerably. As the Army Corps of Engineers is continuing with controlled releases from the reservoirs to relieve pressure on the dams, water is still slowly rising in some areas. It could be another week before vehicle access to our neighborhood is restored — a minor inconvenience compared to what so many are going through. Thank you all for your well wishes and prayers; please continue to pray for Houston. Over the next few days, the story will gradually slide off the radar of the national media, but restoration will take years.

Fellow football fanatics may want to check out what my boy J.J. Watt is doing. Three days ago, he set up a crowdfunding campaign for flood relief with a goal of $200,000. As of this afternoon, he’s raised more than $6.2 million.

Update #2 (8/29, 7pm): Mike and I have decided to evacuate. Earlier today, we got word that water was beginning to spill out of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, both of which are within two miles of our home.

If the reservoir levees hold, the area will be fine. If they fail, we could be looking at a Katrina-like situation. I do not exaggerate.

With both access roads to our subdivision impassable, a cadre of neighbors tore a hole in the fence where we could get out on foot, and my angel of a gym-friend was kind enough to come get us. We are safe at her house with the dogs and monitoring the situation.

In the meantime, the sun has come out and I’m looking out the window at a beautiful blue sky. Irony, anyone?

Will update as things develop. Thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers — keep ’em coming!

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Update: I have special appeal to my animal-loving friends. Stranded pets are being rescued all across the area, and I can only imagine how many homeless furbabies will need care once all this is over. The Houston Humane Society has set up a special Hurricane Harvey Fund, and all donations are deeply appreciated. Click here to support homeless pets stranded by Hurricane Harvey.

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I’m gonna have to ask y’all’s forgiveness for skipping this week’s scheduled blog post. I don’t have one in me, and I doubt my local peeps are in much of a mood to hear about content marketing.

As you’ve been seeing on TV and the web, Houston has been hit with catastrophic flooding from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Thankfully, the five of us (Mike, the three pups, and I) are safe, our house is high and dry, and we still have power and internet. As of Monday afternoon (8/28), when I’m writing this, rain is still falling (albeit at more manageable levels), and we’re in for another day or two of this before the storm moves off.

I can barely express how sad it is for me to see this happen to a community I’ve grown to love. As you may know, I was born and raised in New Orleans, and I remember all too well watching the devastation and suffering after Hurricane Katrina. Now my adopted home town Houston is facing a catastrophe of its own.

I could wax eloquent about the heart-breaking destruction or the uplifting stories of compassion and courage arising as ordinary people risk their lives to save total strangers, just because that’s the kind of people they are. But I’m too damn tired. Mike and I are going on Night #3 of “sleeping” with one eye/one ear open, worrying about what we might find in the morning.

Not that I’m complaining. As I’ve said, we’ve been incredibly blessed. Many have lost everything.

If you want to help, please donate to the American Red Cross relief effort at redcross.org, or you can text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

And, if you are so inclined, pray.

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