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Hey all, just wanted to give you an update on the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. I am doing just fine ... here's why.

1. No power (or Internet or Cable ... dammit!!) still ... and no idea when we might get any of it back. We do have water, and gas to the house so hot showers are in play. Oh yeah, no ice, so everything that WAS in the refrigerator is lost. I am gonna try to get to the FEMA pod to get some ice and maybe some MREs, but no thrilled about eating Army rations.

2. The weather turned cooler yesterday so we can sleep good at night without being drenched in sweat. Yay! One of the few blessings in all of this.

3. Supposed to go back to work on Wednesday, but not sure about that. With 80% of the city STILL without power, I am just not seeing businesses opening up for a long time. Some of the schools have backup generators, but not sure how you can run entire institutions on generators and backup power.

Note: This storm was mostly a wind and storm surge event. Galveston and other low-lying areas were flooding before a drop of rain was felt. That was odd ... and scary. Luckily, there was very little loss of life for a city this big and with an impact that Ike delivered. We were very lucky.

Note II: I am at McDonald's right now, but I am actually connected using Boingo instead of their ATT service. I bought it (Boingo) last month when I went to San Jose. $9.95 and it works just about anywhere there is pay wifi service.

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Life's little pleasures....

Woke up to a cool breeze. If not for the generators up and down the street this would be wonderful.

Neighbor has a french press. Made hot coffee for first time since friday. Also made a 4 egg sausage and cheese omelet. Life seemed almost back to normal. :)

Good news. Now that the house is dry all it takes to get all those leaves and mud caked on the side of your house off is a quick sweep with a broom.

Don't rake your yard. Once the ground is dry simply mow it with a mulching mower. Much easier and puts a little less junk in the landfill.

IMPORTANT REQUEST:

Anyone with info about Montgomery County please emeail me at dpward (at) swbell (dot) net. I hear they got hammered pretty hard up there.

Hang in there everyone. You are now hurricane veterans! Wear it with pride!

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Don't rake your yard. Once the ground is dry simply mow it with a mulching mower. Much easier and puts a little less junk in the landfill.

Yeah, I use a push reel mower and just cut over all the little leaves that were in the yard. I am too lazy to rake!

Also, oddly, all the leaves that were on my house just feel off by themselves. I kid you not.

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Red, Everything is without power up here in Montgomery County, County All offices are closed until further notice, they are saying a minimum of a week on power, possibly longer. Lake Conroe got tossed pretty good. East County is flooded around the San Jac River Area.

No Cell services, or not very good at best, I have Sat uplink for internet, living in the motorcoach at the present.

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Not life-saving information, but interesting nonetheless:

  • Looks like most of the Transtar sensor network is down except for a couple of patches on I-10 and the West Loop.
  • When I checked earlier today the sensor network behind HAIF:Traffic was mostly OK outside the Beltway to the northeast, but the southwest side was dark.
  • Transtar cameras are all down, too.

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WCID Fondren Road Issues "Boil Water" Notice

Effective immediately, the Fondren Road Water Control and Improvement District has issued a Boil Water notice because the quality of the drinking water may be unsafe as a result of the power outage caused by Hurricane Ike.

The District advises residents NOT to drink the water until tests determine it is safe. The District recommends using one of the following methods to treat water for drinking, cooking or washing dishes.

1. Boil water before use: Hold it at a rolling boil for at least two minutes before using it for drinking, cooking or washing food (the minutes start when the water begins to bubble). The flat taste of boiled water may be removed by shaking the water bottle or by pouring it from one container to another.

2. Use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.

3. Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 teaspoon - this would form a puddle about the size of a dime) of plain unscented household bleach per gallon of water, and hen let it stand for 30 minutes before using. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure. Use a container with a cap or cover for disinfecting or storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination.

4. Treat water with chlorine tablets or iodine tablets. Read and follow the label instructions.

Water samples will be collected and monitored to determine when it is safe again. When the public health threat has been removed you will be notified.

RESIDENTS SHOULD CONTINUE DISINFECTING WATER UNTIL NOTIFIED THAT THE WATER IS SAFE.

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Pearland and Med Center here:

Power came back home in my neighborhood yesterday afternoon. Water OK, AT&T phone/DSL is out. Word is that the DSL converter stations don't have power and that breaks your phone line. Some non-DSL phone lines are OK. Lots of fences down and houses with wood siding ripped away. Pearland Westside Cinema 6 lost its facade -- looks bad. :-( Stores and gas stations on 518 are opening up but have long lines. Not much gas around. I am astounded and very grateful that my house did not sustain any visible damage. Guess it's built better than it looks. Oh, and we watched TV (antenna) for hours trying to find out about Pearland schools and saw nothing. My wife and daughter got up at the crack of dawn, got dressed in school clothes, and went to Pearland High School this morning. I had spent a lot of time yesterday in the office trying to find out something about Pearland Schools, as there was no info on school-closings.net or the Pearland ISD web site. Would have been nice if they had got that word out before late last night. Anyway, school is closed today, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

At Rice, lots of tree branches down. Rice has power, a few traffic signals in the area have power, most don't. Idiot drivers are blasting through dead traffic signals without slowing down. How can you be so stupid? Most people in the area don't have power.

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Announced POD Locations

The following locations are Points of Distribution (POD's) supplying ice, water and meals (MRE's) for residents.

The POD sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

. Old Kroger Location, FM 2920@HWY 249, Tomball

. Greenspoint Harvest Time Baptist Church, 17770 Imperial Valley

. Community of Faith, 1023 Pinemont

. Fountain of Praise, 13950 Hillcroft

. Texas Southern University, 3600 Rosewood at Scott

. Ripley House, 4410 Navigation

. Zion Lutheran, 3606 Beauchamp

. Jim Fonteno Courthouse Annex 14350 Wallisville, Channelview

. PAL Gym, 2910 E. Southmore, Pasadena

. Baker Junior High, 9700 Spencer Highway, La Porte

. San Jacinto Community Center, 604 Highland Woods, Highlands

. West Town Mall, 4100 Decker, Baytown

. Baytown Courthouse Annex, 701 West Baker, Baytown

. Windsor Village, 6000 Heatherbrook,

. Greater Jerusalem, 8901 Jensen

. Raul C. Martinez Annex, 1001 S. Sgt. Macario Garcia

. Football Stadium, Center@San Augustine, Deer Park

. Second Baptist, 6400 Woodway

. Bay Area Community Center, 5002 NASA Road One, Seabrook

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Grocery store shelves are less than empty. If you're going, it should be for the AC.

Water started to come back to me around 1:00 yesterday. By the late afternoon I had enough to operate the tankless water heater, and in the evening full pressure was back.

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Grocery store shelves are less than empty. If you're going, it should be for the AC.

Water started to come back to me around 1:00 yesterday. By the late afternoon I had enough to operate the tankless water heater, and in the evening full pressure was back.

How does that work!? Does a NASA guy around here want to explain the extradimensional ramifications of this phenomenon?

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I'm back! :D

Even though I reek of gasoline and motor oil from operating chainsaws and generators, have splinters and blisters coating my hands, a giant cut in my foot from a piece of metal flashing, have no power or water at home, and am exhausted in general.....I'M BACK AT WORK.

Our company seems completely and totally oblivious to the fact that we had a hurricane over the weekend (yeah, I was working on Friday, too) and required everyone to be back in the office this morning, business as usual. Suits and ties (for the men) expected, of course.

Must be nice to have such a complete and utter lack of respect for your employees' best interests or wellbeing. God, I love corporate America. <_<

Glad to see that everyone else weathered the storm as well as can be expected. I missed y'all the past few days! :)

P.S. The Chron has a good list of restaurants that are open today if y'all want a good, hot meal! http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/6000371.html

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Updated.

Announced POD Locations

The following locations are Points of Distribution (POD's) supplying ice, water and meals (MRE's) for residents.

The POD sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE POD SITE FORMERLY LOCATED AT BAKER JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, 9700 SPENCER HWY, LA PORTE IS NOW LOCATED AT SAN JACINTO COMMUNITY CENTER. HIGHLIGHTED BELOW.

. Old Kroger Location, FM 2920@HWY 249, Tomball

. Greenspoint Harvest Time Baptist Church, 17770 Imperial Valley

. Community of Faith, 1023 Pinemont

. Fountain of Praise, 13950 Hillcroft

. Texas Southern University, 3600 Rosewood at Scott

. Ripley House, 4410 Navigation

. Zion Lutheran, 3606 Beauchamp

. Jim Fonteno Courthouse Annex 14350 Wallisville, Channelview

. PAL Gym, 2910 E. Southmore, Pasadena

. New Life Fellowship Church, 2104 Underwood, La Porte

. San Jacinto Community Center, 604 Highland Woods, Highlands

. West Town Mall, 4100 Decker, Baytown

. Baytown Courthouse Annex, 701 West Baker, Baytown

. Windsor Village, 6000 Heatherbrook,

. Greater Jerusalem, 8901 Jensen

. Raul C. Martinez Annex, 1001 S. Sgt. Macario Garcia

. Football Stadium, Center@San Augustine, Deer Park

. Second Baptist, 6400 Woodway

. Bay Area Community Center, 5002 NASA Road One, Seabrook

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Our company seems completely and totally oblivious to the fact that we had a hurricane over the weekend (yeah, I was working on Friday, too) and required everyone to be back in the office this morning, business as usual. Suits and ties (for the men) expected, of course.

Must be nice to have such a complete and utter lack of respect for your employees' best interests or wellbeing. God, I love corporate America. <_<

You mean you got the weekend off! You're so lucky. :lol:

I've been told to stay in central Texas at least until Wednesday. Been here since Thursday. Haven't really stopped working aside to handle the distribution of information about Ike between relatives and on HAIF.

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You mean you got the weekend off! You're so lucky. :lol:

I've been told to stay in central Texas at least until Wednesday. Been here since Thursday. Haven't really stopped working aside to handle the distribution of information about Ike between relatives and on HAIF.

Dude, I know. You're right. I shouldn't complain... :blush:

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I went to work today... primarily by choice. They made it very clear to us that family and personal issues are priority.

Its nice to get away from the 24/7 Ike coverage and all the other drama.

I know its going to take weeks if not months to get back to "normal", but I like to pretend Im back.

I'm back! :D

Even though I reek of gasoline and motor oil from operating chainsaws and generators, have splinters and blisters coating my hands, a giant cut in my foot from a piece of metal flashing, have no power or water at home, and am exhausted in general.....I'M BACK AT WORK.

Our company seems completely and totally oblivious to the fact that we had a hurricane over the weekend (yeah, I was working on Friday, too) and required everyone to be back in the office this morning, business as usual. Suits and ties (for the men) expected, of course.

Must be nice to have such a complete and utter lack of respect for your employees' best interests or wellbeing. God, I love corporate America. <_<

Glad to see that everyone else weathered the storm as well as can be expected. I missed y'all the past few days! :)

P.S. The Chron has a good list of restaurants that are open today if y'all want a good, hot meal! http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/6000371.html

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Generator is running at the house and I got called into work at an alternate location. I work in Retail Fuel for a major oil company so it's obvious why I have to work, but the irony of it all is that I can't find any gas for myself. No power but the fridge, a TV, and a fan is working so it's not to bad espesially with the cooler weather. Lots of damage in Pearland and based on the power lines around my area we may be the group it takes two weeks or more to repair. City was good though they have huge generators at the sewer treatment plants and the water wells keeping that working. Lost some shingles the fence and had wind blown rain in three of the four front facing rooms in the house. We took the brunt if the storm right at the front door.

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Update on Road Closures and Travel Information

Local officials remind residents to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

If you live in an evacuated zip code, do not return to that area. The evacuation order remains in place for public safety and security-water in most of the region is not safe to drink and power has not been restored in many locations.

Most state highways are open and clear. For more information about state highways, call 1-800-452-9292.

On local streets, many traffic signals still are not functioning, while debris and downed power lines remain dangerous. Exercise extreme caution if you must get on the road.

Some of the downtown area has reopened, but some blocks are closed because of remaining fallen glass and debris.

Keep tuned to local radio stations or television for area-specific information.

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Harris County Employees to Return to Work Tuesday

All Harris County employees who are able should report to work tomorrow, on Tuesday September 16th.

Employees whose offices are not open due to Hurricane Ike may be allowed to work from home if approved by their supervisor.

Employees who are unable to report to work must contact their supervisors to discuss how their time will be reported.

Employees who are able to report to work should contact their supervisor to determine where they are to report, recognizing that not all county buildings will be open.

The Criminal Justice Center at 1201 Franklin will not be open tomorrow.

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sheeats, I have a friend who works for Fluor and she too was required to go to work today. We have tomorrow off as well and are supposed to check back in tomorrow night to see which facilities are open/closed.

Yall remember the freshman fifteen? I think there should be a hurricane fifteen too. I think i've gained at least five pounds from bored eating.

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Finally found a place with internet. (DNR on the corner of Chelsea and Montrose.) Made it through the storm. We lost power about 10:30pm and it came back on about 4 am that morning right before the eye wall hit. That is the only time we were without power. Don' ask me how. No cable and internet yet. Glad everyone seems okay and I will post my pics ASAP!

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sheeats, I have a friend who works for Fluor and she too was required to go to work today. We have tomorrow off as well and are supposed to check back in tomorrow night to see which facilities are open/closed.

Yall remember the freshman fifteen? I think there should be a hurricane fifteen too. I think i've gained at least five pounds from bored eating.

Clearly you are a non homeowner with a generator. I've lost 4 pounds since friday. Between eating sandwiches and cleaning up I've gotten plenty of exercise

I may have gained some lbs eating ribs at the neighbors house tonight though. :)

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Clearly you are a non homeowner with a generator. I've lost 4 pounds since friday. Between eating sandwiches and cleaning up I've gotten plenty of exercise

I may have gained some lbs eating ribs at the neighbors house tonight though. :)

Not a home owner but carrying cut up pieces of 6 different tall trees to a burn pile have prevented me from gaining more weight. But yes, we have a generator and am backfeeding it into the house so we have pretty much a normal life except without the a/c. I'm thankful.

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So on the chron.com website it says that my power at hermann museum circle has been restored despite the fact I left 3 hrs ago to stay in austin.

Can anyone confirm for me that power around hermann park and the museum district is restored?

I have a friend near Southmore/288 that has power.

Returned from Austin a few hours ago, and my place in Montrose was still without this evening (but the folks right behind me had power), Bellaire seemed almost all dark, and it was spotty near Reliant stadium.

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I can't believe John Culbersun made such a big hissy fit about the 1st responders at Tully stadium not getting enough food and water for themselves, and then using his influence as a congressman to call a "News Conference" to complain about it, and then pleading for willing people to bring food and water to the stadium. What a grand stander. You could hear his cell phone ringing when he was infront of the camera. It was probably Chernoff calling him to tell him to "knock it off already".

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I have a friend near Southmore/288 that has power.

East or west of 288?

I heard that parts of the Museum District west of 288 had power, but I haven't heard any reports of 3rd Ward Southmore/Calumet area having power. I am waiting to hear since we are heading back to Houston tomorrow. Thanks for any info.

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I got power back at 3:45AM Sunday. I came back from Brenham, Saturday around 2:00PM, and saw the CenterPoint truck driving up and down the road in front of my house. I told my son that his grandfather would have been out there offering those guys a beer. (My son found that amusing). Well low and behold, as I was sweating my ass off, and not sleeping because of the humidity and the noisy generator, BINGO, we got power. This is in Santa Fe, Galveston County. Go figure.

Status: Roof damage (about a hundred shingles or so) and many naked trees, and I'm okay with that.

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Braeswood Place (most parts) regained electricity during the night last night. That's south of West U. I still hear generators in a distance though. I ventured out for the first time today. Of all times for my car battery to go out... O'Reilly had no power, but were open and I got my battery. It's just plain messed up out there. It's amazing the initiative that individuals have taken to assist in clearing the streets, etc. I do have to feel proud of the people of Houston and our governments. I just love that Lyda Ann in Galveston; she means business. Also, I think Bill White and Ed Emmit (sp) should also be applauded. Thanks also to all the convoys rolling into town to help us out.

I work across the street from TCB, I mean Chase Tower - not even going to try to go to work until Wed.

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Our power went out kind of early - 7:30pm on Friday, as I was reading HAIF! We got it back this afternoon, though (Bellaire, inside the loop, near Bissonnet). About 5 minutes after it was up, the fire department was here because apparently a tree, or a branch, or something was touching the line and was on fire. While we were standing around outside gawking, something blew up and the neighbors across the street are without power again.

I almost made fun of my husband for buying a generator about 3 yrs ago, but it did keep the fridge running and a fan blowing on the hot nights. Thankfully our power came back on just before we were going to run out of fuel, too. Just lost a tree in the front, which went into the street and not towards the house. Saw lots of trees down in the neighborhood, along with fences, etc. Only saw one window broken near here & minor roof damage on some of the older homes. Maybe the McMansions blocked some of that wind for us! Just *stuff* everywhere - branches, signs, street lights. My brother did make it to Houston from Japan via Continental (got in early this morning). Some kind of shuttle actually brought him from the airport to the house.

Keeping the kiddo entertained through 65 hours of no power was not really fun, but we managed. Feel very lucky, actually. Hope everyone we haven't heard from yet are doing okay, too.

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Just got back to Pearland.

Drove all the way from Miami to Houston chasing Ike..... Got to see first hand all the damage of Gustav and now Ike. Sad.

The drive into Houston today was as smooth as I could expect. Gas started to be scarce after the Lake Charles area; Sam's club in Beaumont was open with plenty of supplies.... They opened yesterday too; Military forces are coordinating everything around there. Excellent job, one more to be proud of them.

Here at home in Shadow Creek Ranch, lucky me only my landscaping and fences suffered with the hurricane (Time to get some nicer new ones). Power has been back since saturday p.m., but unfortunately Some neighborgs have some damage to their homes, I guess i will get a better idea tomorrow. A lot of tree damages in the neighborhood, and some of the restaurants with power are already opening their doors. Life seems to start slowly coming back to normal around here.

Very glad to see the small number of casualties, but it breaks my heart the situation that many people is suffering all around the coast & the area in general; but good thing that Texas is full of great people that will bring this place to normal as quickly as it can be done.

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Johnson Space Center remains closed

As recovery and cleanup operations continue, NASA's Johnson Space Center remains closed until late this week or next Monday, September 22.

MESSAGE FROM CITY OF LA PORTE

This is Ron Bottoms, City Manager of the City of La Porte. As the city begins recovery from Hurricane Ike, I would like to warn citizens of potential contractor scams.

The City has begun normal garbage pickup on regularly scheduled routes for household garbage.

If you have debris from your property it will need to be placed on the side of the street. City contractors will begin removal of debris shortly. Debris placed on the sides of streets will need to be separated into four groups as follows: normal household garbage, Construction & Demolition materials, Vegetative debris, and appliances. This is crucial to ensure fast and efficient clean up of the city.

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Our power went out kind of early - 7:30pm on Friday, as I was reading HAIF! We got it back this afternoon, though (Bellaire, inside the loop, near Bissonnet). About 5 minutes after it was up, the fire department was here because apparently a tree, or a branch, or something was touching the line and was on fire. While we were standing around outside gawking, something blew up and the neighbors across the street are without power again.

I almost made fun of my husband for buying a generator about 3 yrs ago, but it did keep the fridge running and a fan blowing on the hot nights. Thankfully our power came back on just before we were going to run out of fuel, too. Just lost a tree in the front, which went into the street and not towards the house. Saw lots of trees down in the neighborhood, along with fences, etc. Only saw one window broken near here & minor roof damage on some of the older homes. Maybe the McMansions blocked some of that wind for us! Just *stuff* everywhere - branches, signs, street lights. My brother did make it to Houston from Japan via Continental (got in early this morning). Some kind of shuttle actually brought him from the airport to the house.

Keeping the kiddo entertained through 65 hours of no power was not really fun, but we managed. Feel very lucky, actually. Hope everyone we haven't heard from yet are doing okay, too.

Um, Bissonnet and Bellaire run parallel inside the Loop. They do, however, intersect outside the loop. I get the gist though. We got those teasers, where the power would come on and then go back off for long periods. Everyone around would cheer and then be severily let down when it went back off. It's been holding firm all day now.

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Um, Bissonnet and Bellaire run parallel inside the Loop. They do, however, intersect outside the loop. I get the gist though. We got those teasers, where the power would come on and then go back off for long periods. Everyone around would cheer and then be severily let down when it went back off. It's been holding firm all day now.

Sorry, I meant that I'm in the city of Bellaire - inside the loop - near Bissonnet. We're between Bellaire Blvd. and Bissonnet, actually.

Haven't had much sleep around here, so I wouldn't be surprised if I'm not making much sense. ;)

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Sorry, I meant that I'm in the city of Bellaire - inside the loop - near Bissonnet. We're between Bellaire Blvd. and Bissonnet, actually.

Haven't had much sleep around here, so I wouldn't be surprised if I'm not making much sense. ;)

Actually, I misread it. I know where you're talking about. When was the fire? I live near you and a City of Houston FD and they took off earlier this evening making an enormous point with their sirens.

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Actually, I misread it. I know where you're talking about. When was the fire? I live near you and a City of Houston FD and they took off earlier this evening making an enormous point with their sirens.

It was this afternoon, around 1pm or so. Seriously, we were still celebrating the power being back on & heard this weird whooshing sound. Couldn't figure out what it was until we saw the fire truck outside. It was the Bellaire FD. I don't even know if we just missed the sirens or they never had them on. After the big POW!, my husband ran back inside and happily reported that our power was still on - so it's just our neighbors across the street that are still without. Fire truck left about 5 minutes later, too.

Our neighborhood is kinda weird. It was still pretty bonded when Allison flooded all of us, but so many of those neighbors packed it in & moved after that. We really know very few of our neighbors in the newer & bigger houses, so we don't have a good neighborhood chain of communication anymore. A fire on the street only brought out about 4 families and two of those had the fire going on right between their houses! Now I feel like I need a cane and to tell the kids to get off my lawn. :P

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Are you in those new midrise apartments?

Sounds like it's a good idea to live next to employment centers. Uptown was up early too.

nope I'm in a complex called the place at Greenway, its on the other side of Richmond. and i work at Starbucks. we will be open from 7 to 7 tomorrow just to let yall know!

i think the reason i got power so fast was because of the fire station on the end of cummins.

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nope I'm in a complex called the place at Greenway, its on the other side of Richmond. and i work at Starbucks. we will be open from 7 to 7 tomorrow just to let yall know!

i think the reason i got power so fast was because of the fire station on the end of cummins.

I'd stop by if Ike-cleanup hasn't kept me so amazingly awake. Good thing you'll be getting a Metrorail stop, if they ever get around to building it.

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I'd stop by if Ike-cleanup hasn't kept me so amazingly awake. Good thing you'll be getting a Metrorail stop, if they ever get around to building it.

My sleeping schedule is also completely screwed up. I've also developed a serious case of alcoholism ;) .

So... things aren't bad enough on Galveston Island.

Now there's some doofus holed up (hunkered down?) in a church with a freaking lion.

A lion.

In a church.

In a hurricane.

Seriously, what's wrong with people?

Are you sure it's a lion and not that bear that was spotted on the seawall? Just crazy.

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Damn.. Talk about Bellaire makes me want to leave Austin to go home. :mellow:

I know where 610 & Bissonnet is, I used to work at 4500 Bissonnet, next to Newcastle.

Any updates of power on Westbury/Meyerpark area? W. Bellfort & S. Post Oak.

I wanna come home! I can't handle my brothers cats anymore (cat allergies)

Thanks for your help!

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Statement from the Texas Fuel Team:

Fuel workers are working around the clock to bring all elements of the fuel infrastructure back online to re-establish normal fuel production and delivery. Progress to restore the fuel infrastructure is underway as a Texas port has re-opened, refineries are preparing for re-start procedures, and several fuel terminals and gas stations have generator power. The graphic below depicts how all of the elements of the fuel industry must work together to meet the fuel needs of Texas and the nation.

The fuel system needs people, power, ports, pipelines and raw materials to make and deliver fuel and we're seeing progress on all fronts. Re-starting the fuel system is a process and safety is our first priority. Assessment teams are inspecting facilities for structural damage, electrical problems, road safety, and flooding to be sure it is safe for additional employees to return to affected regions. There is still work to do to be sure the entire fuel system comes back online safely.

In the meantime, plans initiated before the storm are working. Before the storm, the fuel industry staged people, fuel and generators that could deploy into the affected region as soon as it was safe. Now, those fuel trucks and workers are delivering fuel and generators into Houston where it is safe and feasible to do so. Teams are bringing in fuel from out of the area and supplies have been directed from around the world into the Houston area. Additional fuel trucks are being sent into the Houston area to expedite refueling at stations. As a result, several terminals and gas stations now have generator power and are able to operate

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The power is back on in our part of Eastwood, though I know that the "older" part closer to Harrisburg is still without power. I have to admit that we were actually doing pretty decently without power. With the nice weather, we were able to open up most of the windows and the breeze was refreshing. The cold showers too! We got to meet more of our neighbors and share our war stories.

Our trash was picked up this morning. Not the tree debris, but the trash cans. I am very happy with the way the City, County, and residents have responded so far. I don't know how this is being reported nationally, but I hope all of the good press gets out about how well we have managed in the face of adversity. Take that Louisiana!.

Hopefully those without power will have theirs restored soon!

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