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Location: Spring (just south of the Spring Creek, which seperates us from the woodlands, and immediately south of Willow Creek, a tributary which feeds into Spring Creek, which has flooded before....)

Status: Hunkering down in a 2-story house not built to withstand a Cat. 5 (or 4) hurricane

Attitude: very nervous, I lived through Alicia, and watched the bricks being peeled off the side of my all brick apartment building in southwest Houston, and then saw the apartment above me crash down into mine after its' roof blew off and filled it with rain, so as I say, very nervous....

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I live in Arkansas now but my parents live in Sugar Land and they are going to ride it out. My brother and sister live in north Houston and are also riding it out. My brother's in-laws live in Clear Lake and left this morning to stay with my brother. My niece lives on Westheimer and is leaving tonight to come up here and stay with me for a few days.

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no Im not evacuating - I live just east of the Med Center (really just east) on the second floor. I plan on going over to my sisters apartment (just north of Buff. Bayou) and weathering the storm with her.

Of course - if the storm remains a cat. 5 and turns directly for Houston then I may evacuate.

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We bugged out a year ago. Up in NE Texas now. Still have a place in Houston, tho. Up for sale/lease. Hope it doesn't float away. I had a sister in Gulfport and one in Mobile thru Katrina. My husband's family is in Houston. Glad we are here, but very concerned about family left behind. Anybody in the Heights who can share about how it's going..............we'd sure appreciate the updates. God bless y'all. B)

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Where: Southwest Houston

Migrating to my dads house near th eDome/Reliant stadium

Why: I don't think my apartment is safe and it leaks when it rains.

Looting: spare me the trouble and take my VCR! but leave me the tape inside if you can peel it out carefully. (its kinda jammed)

Other then that...well um..save me the artwork too. I treasure that. If you want there's some food in the fridge but it may be old by the time you get it!

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Location now: Huntsville, AL at the moment; flying home 24 hours earlier than planned tomorrow afternoon

Location, when not on the road: Corner of Kirby and North Braeswood, right on Brays Bayou

Status: Landing at IAH around 3:00 and heading north to Mom and Dad's to sit this thing out. My place did not flood in Allison, but there's a first time for everything. I'm also afraid of no electricity, high winds, and not being able to stock my kitchen with food and water (there's hardly any there right now) if I get to Houston tomorrow afternoon and try to ride this thing out. So at this point I'm just leaving things at home as they were a week ago when I was last there, and hoping for the best.

My sister and a friend of hers, plus two dogs, arrived at my parents' place this afternoon. They live in the Clear Lake area. So there will be a number of us camped out together.

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Location now: Puerto Rico

coming home a couple of days early to grab the pets, the boyfriend, and figure out whether to stay in my mid-rise loft or head to College Station to visit friends. I am leaning towards riding it out as my place faces NW so perhaps is on the 'quiet' side of the building. Still, the thought of no AC for a few days is NOT nice!

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Location: WestU

I'm staying put. Got my water and food for at least a week. Gased up my cars. Not boarding up my windows, but I'm sure I'll regret it.

My house was built in 1937. I'm hoping the old growth wood and the old world craftmanship will add up to making it through Rita.

My parents house in Sugar Land is our secondary place if ours is a mess. They also own a vacant house near Bellaire and HWy 6, that's a third option. Also our work buildin is a fourth. Hopefully one of these will survive and have running water and electricity. If not, we're headed to Dallas.

BTW, the big Krogers on Buffalo and West Park is stocked up on everything! Not the bare shelves the TV led us to believe. This was about 1 hour ago.

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Location: Richmond/Sugarland ETJ

Status: Will hold it out, in a brand new house, with special structural bracings for events like this (steel roof brackets, facade tie ins, anchor bolting, etc).

Looting: I'll have your head on a stick in the front yard as a warning to others, if you try to loot my place....:P

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Since it looks poised to make a direct hit on Galveston, and since Rita is probably the biggest, nastiest storm ever seen in our little pond, I'm thinking of heading up to Dallas, then Tulsa. I don't have any plywood to board up the windows, but I can imagine the hell this poor house will go through this weekend. I'm not worried about flooding, but the winds...

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How long will it take to get far enough away from the storm so one does not get stuck in traffic in hurrican/TS force winds? I'm thinking of leaving Thursday morning with a pet. I might have to go to Bryan-CS first before heading to Dallas. What's the best route to take?

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Location: Glenbrook Valley/Hobby

Status: Riding it out. We're as ready as we can be. Enough wood to board up one or two solid rooms. Tons of water, food, dog food, batteries, battery tv & radio, flashlights, propane for grills, generator, ice, extra gas, etc. (Even some booze) We also have a pool to help cool us off.

There will be about 6 of us here (my family and some friends who didn't want to ride it out alone) and 5 dogs. Only 3 of the dogs will have owners in the house, the other 2 had owners who evacuated but asked us to watch their dogs.

Interesting update - around 8:00 my mom got a recorded call from the Mayor of Pasadena informing her of a mandatory evacuation Thursday by 6 am. So she's just arrived here now with my brother. Just a bit earlier than they planned on.

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Gonna throw a rope around Rita, and ride her like a rented mule ! Looks like it may hit P.A. now or Anahuac. We're in Katy, so as long as I'm on the "clean side" of the storm, NO WORRIES ! Good Luck and God Bless everyone riding it out with me.

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I rode out Katrina just north of New Orleans in my home town of Franklinton with my mom and dad, very scary with 130+ mile winds. I was on the Fire Dept there when I lived there and so I helped a lot with problems that arose in Franklinton. I am still debating here near the North West corner of the loop. I don

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They were saying on Channel 2 News that there are a few people still hanging around on Galveston Island!

One guy was quoting as saying, "I want to stay to see what a Category 5 looks like." If that is not bravery then I don't know what is.

I am riding it out in northwest Harris County (Cypress, TX). Hopefully we'll be on the weak side.

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Well, I made it up the road to Nacogdoches. Took 9 hours. Should be a 2.5 hour drive. Lots of interesting sights to see....fascinating to see the stuff that people bring along with them.

I left last night at midnight. I would have stayed put because of the traffic issues had I decided to leave today.

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Where: In a 3-story warehouse/office next to Minute Maid Park. Will take pictures.

hooray for pictures! charging up my camera now as well...

location: montrose near st. thomas

building: lower story of a 4plex. since there was no wood left (and my landlord didn't bother to) i boarded up the windows with an old chifforobe that from ikea -- fancy!

i think everyone posting on this thread should be obligated to re-post after rita hits to say that they're ok and if they regret staying/leaving...

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hooray for pictures! charging up my camera now as well...

location: montrose near st. thomas

building: lower story of a 4plex. since there was no wood left (and my landlord didn't bother to) i boarded up the windows with an old chifforobe that from ikea -- fancy!

i think everyone posting on this thread should be obligated to re-post after rita hits to say that they're ok and if they regret staying/leaving...

Those of you taking pictures, be sure to post them here. There's a special section of the forum waiting for your snaps.

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hooray for pictures! charging up my camera now as well...

location: montrose near st. thomas

building: lower story of a 4plex. since there was no wood left (and my landlord didn't bother to) i boarded up the windows with an old chifforobe that from ikea -- fancy!

i think everyone posting on this thread should be obligated to re-post after rita hits to say that they're ok and if they regret staying/leaving...

now that i think of it... whose responsibility is it to board up a rental property the owner or resident?

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got to bed last night around 1:30 am. after moving everything inside our loft preparing for the storm. wife wakes me up crying and going hysterical saying we must leave. i told her to stop trippin' and let me sleep a little while longer. she finally gets me up about half an hour later, wake up my lil brother and the three of us head out to my mom's house off of i-10 and eldridge. we plan to go to my bro's house in dallas. watch news, dedide to wait for further info. finally decide to wait it out. we are staying here in west houston.

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Location: London

Status: Watching it on BBC News24

Where: Seventh floor of a crappy hotel with no elevator.

silly yank...they're not elevators, they're lifts!

:lol:

as for pics, i've got my digital rebel all charged up and ready for action and while i'm on my looting spree :unsure: i will be taking as many pics as i can.

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now that i think of it... whose responsibility is it to board up a rental property the owner or resident?

Owner is responsible to secure property against damage. If any part of the property is damaged, it is their insurance that would pay. If any tenant property is damaged, renter's insurance will pay.

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location: clear lake, first floor on the lake.

evacuated to austin

took two hours wednesday afternoon to get to 288 and the beltway. left there at 3:30 am, made it to austin by 2pm. took 10.5 hours, 180 miles, and 9 gallons of gas (no AC).

friend is a resident and is on call, so he will be riding it out at his home at 288 and beltway.

my folks left this morning at 3am, and still haven't made it to dallas (19 hours so far).

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Location: Midtown, townhouse

Status:

Plan "A" leave for a friend's house in Bastrop but decided it wasn't worth the traffic nightmare.

Plan "B" prepare the home then shelter at the office (a sturdier building) when things get nasty.

Now it looks like I might have to come up with plan "C" . . . which is stay at home, if it looks like RITA continues to swing eastward.

Good luck to all.

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They were saying on Channel 2 News that there are a few people still hanging around on Galveston Island!

One guy was quoting as saying, "I want to stay to see what a Category 5 looks like." If that is not bravery then I don't know what is.

I am riding it out in northwest Harris County (Cypress, TX). Hopefully we'll be on the weak side.

Don't confuse bravery with stupidity. Even if Rita was a category 5, and it did happen to hit Galveston, that "brave" soul wouldn't be around afterward to tell anybody about it ! All he would get to do is tell St. Peter , "Holy Crap ! That wave was friggin HUGE ! " :lol:

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We made it, finally!

Booked it to the northwest side...by Louetta. We were going to hunker down at home - we live about 13 miles from the bay, close to Hobby. But we started feeling uneazy about that, so boarded up, loaded supplies, water, food, kids, wife, and cat into the truck, and headed to a friends house on the northwest side. The normal 45 minute trip took us 4 hours, and that's cause we avoided the freeways and took the side streets.

My exodus strategy: Old Galveston Rd towards downtown. Turn north on Broadway, then catch Harrisburg west-bound. Took Wayside north-bound to Tidwell, and went west on Tidwell. Went North on Shepherd until we got to Stubner-Airline. That's when the gridlock started. Up to that point is was smooth sailing and I must say I was proud of my strategy. But From Stubner-Ariline all the way to Louetta took about 2.5 hours - normally a 15 minute travel.

But again, I dont complain being that if we took I-45 like we normally do....it would have taken - literally - 20 plus hours. Umbeleivable. It is utter chaos inside the city and outside, almost like a scene out of an Armageddon story.

But the important thing is that we made it. A friend of mine was on the freeways 19 hours, and was still in Houston. My sister-in-law and family was on the freeway 36 hours, and were still in Houston. Thankfully, both of them finally put it in reverse and met up with us here at our freinds house on Louetta, and we will hunker down here for the Hurricane. I feel more comfortable being 35 miles from the bay and not 13.

They were very thirsty, hungry, tired, and had no sleep. So were we - as we spent all energy boarding up our home, rushing it so that we too could quickly join the madness.

So here we are: 4 families on the northwest side of Houston, waiting for the Hurricane to hit.

Good luck to all fellow Houstonians and "see ya' on the other side"...

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location yesterday: southeast side

location now: bellaire

location (hopefully) sometime tomorrow: somewhere in the hill country

what a horrifying time. we left yesterday morning for the hill country via alt-90. twelve hours later, only going about 40 miles, we headed back home on FM 1093 (westheimer) after noticing that things were only getting worse, and gas was dwindling. took only about 40 minutes to get home.

we saw so many people stranded...out of gas, overheated vehicles...

saw pets die, people getting sick, heat exhaustion.

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