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Yesterday, on my way home from DT, I decided to take the back roads without many lights. I snaked through Castle Ct., South Hampton, etc.

The point of this story is from a previous post regarding someone's Porsche-driving, Harley-owning, non-sharing A-Hole neighbor. I noticed while driving through that there were extension cords crossing the street between every house. Must have been that one side of the street had power, etc. Note to Porsche dude - This is what being a good neighbor means, cause it ain't all about you.

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Yesterday, on my way home from DT, I decided to take the back roads without many lights. I snaked through Castle Ct., South Hampton, etc.

The point of this story is from a previous post regarding someone's Porsche-driving, Harley-owning, non-sharing A-Hole neighbor. I noticed while driving through that there were extension cords crossing the street between every house. Must have been that one side of the street had power, etc. Note to Porsche dude - This is what being a good neighbor means, cause it ain't all about you.

I've seen that power sharing go on in the Heights too where once side of the street has power and the other doesn't.

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As of 9am 9/17, The Westbury was still powerless. Natural gas supply is working, water pressure is fine, so we can cook stuff OK.

W. Bellfort & S. Post Oak (Meyerpark & Westbury) :

Well as it turns out you’re not going to have electricity for a while.

That power grid is connected to Hiram Clarke's power center, which has damage.

So they can't even start working on the lines until the center is fixed.

(Somebody who works at CenterPoint told me this.)

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I just got off the phone with someone at the Hiram Clarke station. Most of what he said was over my head but he said they did have substantial damage down there but they had cleared much of it.

They have fixed one set of problems and have moved on to the "laterals" now, and then on to the "line fuses". He said almost all customers will have service within a week. He also said centerpoint has ~4500 linemen working (up from their normal 850).

The lady who answered the phone said they are running on generators at their location.

Here's a map I found of the service area:

http://www.centerpointenergy.com/staticfil...Clarke%20SC.pdf

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Did you saw down all those sycamores and ash trees in the Market Square Area. Ball Cypress seem to have fared very well. Isn't this one type of tree that they'll be using on Kirby.

Okay, so what's with the east side of Chase Tower, the west side of Chase garage and the upper floor windows at the Rice. It would seem that there was a mini tornado at Texas and Travis. What do you think?

I don't recognize trees as well as I recognize people.

Yes, there was a tornado. Specifically, it formed around the lightpost atop this picture:

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Did you saw down all those sycamores and ash trees in the Market Square Area. Ball Cypress seem to have fared very well. Isn't this one type of tree that they'll be using on Kirby.

Okay, so what's with the east side of Chase Tower, the west side of Chase garage and the upper floor windows at the Rice. It would seem that there was a mini tornado at Texas and Travis. What do you think?

For whatever reason, Sycamore trees are back in vogue with commerical landscapers here, and I think most of them went down without much of a fight (even the hybrid Eucalyptus along the submerged section of 59 fared better). Market Square area and the rehabbed section of downtown Buffalo Bayou being notable places with Sycamore trees.

I don't recall what trees are being used for the Kirby revitalization (I think Cypress), but as long as they aren't Sycamores, we should be fine! ;)

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Do Not Swim in Ditches, Lakes, or Bayous

Due to Hurricane Ike, many of the waterways in our community have become increasingly contaminated with bacteria and toxins. Health risks that could occur from exposure to these waters include diarrhea, gastrointestinal infections and various bacterial infections, including potentially deadly bacterial infections such as tetanus (lockjaw).

Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services strongly advises residents not to swim, bathe or play in ditches, bayous, creeks or lakes because of these health risks. In addition, residents are reminded that they should never enter waters that you cannot see through, that may have a swift undercurrent or may contain debris.

As always, never leave children unattended around water, including swimming pools, even if they know how to swim.

Protect your family and your community from injuries and drowning.

If you have any questions, call 713-439-6270.

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No...but I must say, I'm shocked that news of her MRE trickery spread - that would suggest that a person was actually reading her blog

Not aware of the situation in Deer Park, but I guess one could make an argument that food is hard to come by? I don't know, but I'm sure she's not the only one abusing the system...just the only one dumb enough to brag about it on the net

Judge Emmett was HOT yesterday on the radio complaining about people "driving for miles past an open Randals or Kroger just to get free water." He also mentioned that the reason that certain neighborhoods got PODs while others didn't was that those that didn't get one already had power and groceries available and thus didn't need one.... but listen to KTRH at night during the "delicate flower About Ike Hour" and you will hear all kinds of people calling to complain, more or less, about the inequitable distribution of the free stuff with no regard whatsoever as to need or circumstance.

I realize that there are more people acting decently than not right now, but it still makes me sick to listen to some people who see a natural disaster as nothing more than an excuse to delicate flower about how mistreated they are by the government.

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Judge Emmett was HOT yesterday on the radio complaining about people "driving for miles past an open Randals or Kroger just to get free water." He also mentioned that the reason that certain neighborhoods got PODs while others didn't was that those that didn't get one already had power and groceries available and thus didn't need one.... but listen to KTRH at night during the "delicate flower About Ike Hour" and you will hear all kinds of people calling to complain, more or less, about the inequitable distribution of the free stuff with no regard whatsoever as to need or circumstance.

if you need more water contact redscare. he has more water now than before the storm

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CITY OF LA PORTE UPDATE

City Manager Ron Bottoms says power continues to come back on in the city. This afternoon the area around Fairmont and Broadway was restored.

This weekend the inspection division will be open (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m), so make sure all of your contractors working on your home come and register. This will help prevent fraud in the La Porte area.

Water and ice will still be available at the High School both Saturday and Sunday.

The curfew is still in effect from midnight until 5:00am. This has been a great deterrent in preventing looting in La Porte and we will continue this process until most power is restored.

Remember to sign up for the free blue roof tarp program at Bayshore Baptist on Spencer Highway.

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I apoligize for this stupid question, but I just got my internet back and was wondering if there is a map of Ike's eye path through Houston? I see many maps of Ike's path through Texas and America, but not Houston. I know it went northwest up I-45 to downtown...but then I don't know what happened after that. :huh:

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I apoligize for this stupid question, but I just got my internet back and was wondering if there is a map of Ike's eye path through Houston? I see many maps of Ike's path through Texas and America, but not Houston. I know it went northwest up I-45 to downtown...but then I don't know what happened after that. :huh:

Centerpoint has it on their restoration update page.

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Centerpoint has it on their restoration update page.

Thanks. I see that it wasn't really I-45, but really more along the western coast of Galveston Bay and then up the East Belt(Beltway 8).

Thanks. I see that it wasn't really I-45, but really more along the western coast of Galveston Bay and then up the East Belt(Beltway 8).

....just east of the East Belt that is.

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For whatever reason, Sycamore trees are back in vogue with commerical landscapers here, and I think most of them went down without much of a fight (even the hybrid Eucalyptus along the submerged section of 59 fared better). Market Square area and the rehabbed section of downtown Buffalo Bayou being notable places with Sycamore trees.

I don't recall what trees are being used for the Kirby revitalization (I think Cypress), but as long as they aren't Sycamores, we should be fine! ;)

Kirby = High Rise Oak and Ball Cypress. They both grow straight up and straight down.

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I apoligize for this stupid question, but I just got my internet back and was wondering if there is a map of Ike's eye path through Houston? I see many maps of Ike's path through Texas and America, but not Houston. I know it went northwest up I-45 to downtown...but then I don't know what happened after that. :huh:

Look up at post 1063 in this thread...click the link in that post.

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Still no power at my place in the Heights... I do see, however, that Centerpoint outages are now at 47%... seems to be dropping faster now.

Hang in there, WxBoy. At least you're in the Heights so you can sit out on the stoop and chat it up with the neighbors.

Also, thanks for sharing your weather knowledge preceding the storm. ;)

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Does anyone know where you normally buy dry ice?

I need to get some and have no idea (no, I do not want to try and track down any from the PODs). I would rather just buy it, but have no idea where.

Hang in there, WxBoy. At least you're in the Heights so you can sit out on the stoop and chat it up with the neighbors.

Also, thanks for sharing your weather knowledge preceding the storm. ;)

I still don't have power either. North Houston FM 1960 area.

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Hang in there, WxBoy. At least you're in the Heights so you can sit out on the stoop and chat it up with the neighbors.

Also, thanks for sharing your weather knowledge preceding the storm. ;)

Welcome. :) The good news is that my boyfriend was able to borrow some power converter thing from a friend of ours who now has power so we can use our car batteries to harness a bit of power to at least run fans and our small tv we had in our bathroom... he powered it up today as I was leaving for work and it turns out our cable is working so that will help a bit.... won't be as boring sitting around the house. We just have to be careful not to drain the car batteries... we have jumper cables just in case. :blush:

On another note... went out to the bars last night (Meteor in montrose... one of my fav places).... had so much fun... place was packed...drinks were great... but WOW how weird is it having last call at 11:30pm!!!

Does anyone know where you normally buy dry ice?

I have seen it sold at the Kroger on Montrose Blvd in Montrose... not sure if they are open (I believe they are) or if they will even have dry ice.

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Welcome. :) The good news is that my boyfriend was able to borrow some power converter thing from a friend of ours who now has power so we can use our car batteries to harness a bit of power to at least run fans and our small tv we had in our bathroom... he powered it up today as I was leaving for work and it turns out our cable is working so that will help a bit.... won't be as boring sitting around the house. We just have to be careful not to drain the car batteries... we have jumper cables just in case. :blush:

On another note... went out to the bars last night (Meteor in montrose... one of my fav places).... had so much fun... place was packed...drinks were great... but WOW how weird is it having last call at 11:30pm!!!

I have seen it sold at the Kroger on Montrose Blvd in Montrose... not sure if they are open (I believe they are) or if they will even have dry ice.

Thanks! That might work. I am at the main library right now and will stop by there (Montrose Kroger) when I leave.

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On another note... went out to the bars last night (Meteor in montrose... one of my fav places).... had so much fun... place was packed...drinks were great... but WOW how weird is it having last call at 11:30pm!!!

I've heard that a particular gay bar on the seawall was open and chock full of heteros. Wow, can you imagine all those sweaty pole men and pipe layers with drag queens and g-string dudes in the background. I gotta see pictures of this. :lol:

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I've heard that a particular gay bar on the seawall was open and chock full of heteros. Wow, can you imagine all those sweaty pole men and pipe layers with drag queens and g-string dudes in the background. I gotta see pictures of this. :lol:

:lol: ... that would be interesting to see.

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I just got word that we can go down to Gilchrist, on Bolivar, to see what's left. Even though I realize that nothing's there, I want to see for myself. There might be something of value or a memory, like my big crab/crawfish/shrimp boiling pot or countless other things like that. I will make sure to take a camera.

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I finally got power!!!!! Man you don't really know how good you have it until you lose it for a few days.

Where are you?

I guess we won't be complaining so much about the high cost of electricity anymore. It is amazing how spoiled we get with creature comforts.

Congratulations!

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Galveston Island Re-entry Announcement

(Galveston, Texas) -- Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas has announced a re-entry advisory for all Galveston residents and business owners. Beginning Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 6:00 a.m. all residents will be able to re-enter Galveston Island. You must show photo identification that verifies your Galveston address or place of business at all manned checkpoints. The City of Galveston will distribute advisories as returning residents and business owners enter the island.

Areas Located Behind the Seawall East of 103rd Street/Cove View Lane:

All residents and business owners may re-enter the City of Galveston, assess the damage to their property, and determine if they wish to remain in the city. Very limited water, sewer, natural gas, and electric services have been restored to areas behind the Seawall.

Areas Not Located Behind the Seawall West of 103rd Street/Cove View Lane:

All west end residents/businesses may re-enter the City of Galveston, assess the damage to their property, gather important belongings, and then leave the city to return to safe and more secure locations no later than 6:00 p.m. Water, sewer, natural gas, and electric services have not been restored to areas West of Seawall therefore sanitary living conditions are not available at this time.

Current Conditions in Galveston

. No medical facilities are available

. Limited water, sewer, electricity, or natural gas service

. A boil water notice remains in effect until further notice

. Mandated water conservation program in effect island-wide

. Limited retail services available including fuel, food, water, auto, pharmacies, etc.

. Curfew strictly enforced: 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Violators subject to $2,000 fine.

. Limited cell phone coverage

. The south side of the Seawall, all beaches, and the water of the Gulf of Mexico remain closed until further notice

Supplies You Will Need to Bring

. Bottled Water

. Flashlights & Batteries

. First Aid Kit

. Hand Tools

. Hand Sanitizer

. Heavy Duty Garbage Bags

. Camera

. Notepad & Pens

. Bug Repellant

. Personal Hygiene Items

. Gloves

. Face Masks

. Boots

. Sunscreen

. Vehicle Fuel Additives

. Tire Repair - Tools, Fix-A-Flat, Spare Tire, Jack

Safety Requirements

Traffic Safety:

. Watch for Debris

. Drive Cautiously - Obey All Speed Limits

. Be Conscientious of Other Vehicles, Bicyclists, and Pedestrians

. Treat All Intersections as a Four-Way Stop

. Street Signs May or May Not Be Present so Remain Alert When Driving

Personal Safety:

. Do Not Put Yourself in a Hazardous Situation

. Do Not Enter Unsafe Buildings

. Exercise Common Sense and Caution When Entering Structures

We appreciate the patience of Galvestonians. We are in this together and we will rebuild together.

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Centerpoint has a new "restoration" map out... this one broken up by zip code. My zip code, 77008, will see 80% restoration by THURSDAY... not sure how to take that. :unsure:

I am in the same situation (77090). In fact, we are NOW losing water pressure, which had been the one constant in all of this.

Not getting a good feeling.

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Heard through the grapevine that some of Willow Meadows (77035) has power. I hope it is contagious and spreads south!

flipper

This is true. I noticed yesterday, when driving down Willowgrove Drive. So close to our homes.. come on power!

Kroger and Randalls are both open today. Exxon and Chevron are now open.

Things are really going smoothly the past couple of days.

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Thanks! That might work. I am at the main library right now and will stop by there (Montrose Kroger) when I leave.

Since a couple of other people have mentioned the downtown library, I'm wondering how many HAIFers have been hanging out there this week. I've been spending some time there almost every day since they reopened on Tuesday - we have power at the house but no cable or internet, and my office has been closed all week, so the library's wifi has been a welcome lifeline. And so far they've waived the normal fees in the parking garage as well - I asked the security guard at the entrance how long that was going to last, but she didn't know.

Also found this site while poking around - never realized there were so many wifi hotspots downtown before.

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Since a couple of other people have mentioned the downtown library, I'm wondering how many HAIFers have been hanging out there this week. I've been spending some time there almost every day since they reopened on Tuesday - we have power at the house but no cable or internet, and my office has been closed all week, so the library's wifi has been a welcome lifeline. And so far they've waived the normal fees in the parking garage as well - I asked the security guard at the entrance how long that was going to last, but she didn't know.

Also found this site while poking around - never realized there were so many wifi hotspots downtown before.

I've been at the main library for several reason:

  1. Still no power at home - no power = no cable = no high speed internet
  2. A/C
  3. Relatively quiet, upgraded digs - Nice!
  4. Has high-speed Internet (I noticed they opened up POP so now I can check email and chat without having to use a web client)
  5. I can check out books if I like

If you see me (I'm usually on 2nd or 3rd floor with a black Macbook) say hello.

Later.

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As of 9:00 am this morning I still have no power. My neighbors across the street never lost power and have been true neighbors and extended a cord last Sunday. Sometimes I plug in fridge, sometimes a fan, charge a phone, etc. I will be forever thankful. Centerpoint says we should have power by Thursday.

Living in Oak Forest, the tree damage in our area is terrible. Neighbor 3 doors down had 2 HUGE pine trees crash through her house. She lives alone and taking the stress very well. Paid $7000 to have those trees removed. I worry about the structual soundness of her house now.

I have been hanging at the office yesterday and today. Yesterday I worked...today I'm reading newspaper and surfing net. I'm wondering if I can get away with sleeping here tonight. :wacko:

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Judge Emmett was HOT yesterday on the radio complaining about people "driving for miles past an open Randals or Kroger just to get free water." He also mentioned that the reason that certain neighborhoods got PODs while others didn't was that those that didn't get one already had power and groceries available and thus didn't need one.... but listen to KTRH at night during the "delicate flower About Ike Hour" and you will hear all kinds of people calling to complain, more or less, about the inequitable distribution of the free stuff with no regard whatsoever as to need or circumstance.

I realize that there are more people acting decently than not right now, but it still makes me sick to listen to some people who see a natural disaster as nothing more than an excuse to delicate flower about how mistreated they are by the government.

I did get a case of mre's last Sunday. I had no power, no cash and no stores were opened. Power was restored to me late Tuesday night. I had eaten 3 dinners out of the case of 12 so I took the rest to a co-worker that still has no power or water. When I got the mre.s on Sunday they tried to give me 3 cases and I told them no, that I only needed one. They also tried to give me ice and water and I told them I only needed one case of mre,s and that was all. They seemed shocked. I can't stand people that take advantage of anything much less a bad situation.

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I did get a case of mre's last Sunday. I had no power, no cash and no stores were opened. Power was restored to me late Tuesday night. I had eaten 3 dinners out of the case of 12 so I took the rest to a co-worker that still has no power or water. When I got the mre.s on Sunday they tried to give me 3 cases and I told them no, that I only needed one. They also tried to give me ice and water and I told them I only needed one case of mre,s and that was all. They seemed shocked. I can't stand people that take advantage of anything much less a bad situation.

I am still w/o power at my place but haven't had to get any of the "free" stuff b/c fortunately I haven't needed it. I stalked up on food before the storm like we were told to do... non perishables... after a couple days the Kroger near me opened so I have been able to get more food and particularly ice from them. I almost had to go to one of the PODs early on to get some ice but my boyfriend was able to find a restaurant that was nice enough to give us some they had. I am also lucky that my work stalked up on food for us to eat while we are hear... stuff for sandwiches, snacks, catered BBQ... that's been a big help. They have stopped that now since more people are getting power and more food stores are opening, but it was nice the past week that they did it.

I am leaving the free food, ice, water, etc. for people who truly need it... for those who don't have any and can't afford to buy any.

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I am still w/o power at my place but haven't had to get any of the "free" stuff b/c fortunately I haven't needed it. I stalked up on food before the storm like we were told to do... non perishables... after a couple days the Kroger near me opened so I have been able to get more food and particularly ice from them. I almost had to go to one of the PODs early on to get some ice but my boyfriend was able to find a restaurant that was nice enough to give us some they had. I am also lucky that my work stalked up on food for us to eat while we are hear... stuff for sandwiches, snacks, catered BBQ... that's been a big help. They have stopped that now since more people are getting power and more food stores are opening, but it was nice the past week that they did it.

I am leaving the free food, ice, water, etc. for people who truly need it... for those who don't have any and can't afford to buy any.

Good for you guys... I feel bad for poor people. A little money can get you a hotel room for a break from the heat, or fresh groceries every couple days from the store, but if you don't have extra money you're really out of luck. I have spent so much, just on stocking up before the storm, then more water and non-perishables after a few days, then restocking the empty fridge when we got our power back. Luckily we can handle a few more expenses, but I know a lot of people can't.

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For me it's not the expense (I am lucky and have a bit of reserve money), but it is the inconvenience and the disruption to life. I hate having to look for ice every day, plan out where I am going (because the house is too hot during the day) that day, and making sure to be inside before the curfew.

I got ice from one POD one day and some water another day, but that was once and when I couldn't find it anywhere in my area.

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