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Catastrophic Flooding In Texas

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 7:25 am

[guest post by Dana]

Catastrophic flooding happening in southeastern Texas, particularly in the Galveston/Houston area, as the storm is reportedly stalled inland. There are also tornado watches in place, along with rain falling at a rate of 4-6 inches per hour. NOAA projections:

Surface observations of winds 30-35 kt within a band of convection over the western Gulf of Mexico and along the coast of Texas support an initial intensity of 35 kt. The latest track guidance show Harvey moving slowly southeastward for the next 24 to 36 hours and the center is likely to move very close to the coast, or even offshore, between 24-48 hours. After that time, Harvey is expected to begin a northward motion which should take it inland over eastern Texas later in the period.

Ongoing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue across southeastern Texas. Additional rainfall accumulations of 15 to 25 inches are expected, with isolated storm totals as high as 50 inches, through Friday.

If you want to help, Gov. Abbott of Texas is recommending that you make a contribution to the American Red Cross. You can contact them at 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a donation. You can also go here for on-the-spot coverage in Houston, as well as here, here and here.

May there be countless numbers of residents like the one below, doing whatever they can to help their neighbor:


To readers in the impacted areas, please stay safe.



  1. The media are people, too. They just need to be reminded. Some of them are remembering.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/30/2017 @ 6:25 am

  2. There are countless memorable stories and images from this tragedy but this one is impressive:

    A former U.S. Army ranger swam through flood waters to the hospital to be treated for a burst appendix.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/30/2017 @ 12:24 pm

  3. The worst job in South Texas in September: insurance agent.

    The best job in South Texas in Septedmber: New car dealer/salesperson.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/30/2017 @ 3:31 pm

  4. I expect there to be a shortage of construction labor in much of Texas this winter and next Spring, as these flooded houses are going to need serious repair work, and rational construction workers will flock to Houston in response.

    Comment by aphrael — 8/30/2017 @ 5:31 pm

  5. it’s an interesting phenomenon because there have been good construction and manual labor jobs available in Texas for years, but the main people willing to relocate to do those jobs are illegal immigrants from Mexico. We have many people from other states but they generally come for white collar jobs or service jobs. The traditional blue collar, construction, etc., workers don’t seem to want to relocate unless they know they have a solid job waiting, but those aren’t the kind of jobs that recruit. Instead, those jobs generally go to people who are already here and ready to work.

    My guess is today’s blue collar workers don’t want to disrupt their families or change their lifestyles — benefits that used to be reserved for white collar workers/jobs. Traditionally, blue collar, construction, etc., jobs are the kind of jobs that require workers and their families to be mobile and willing to change, but I’m not sure they are. If so, then those are the jobs Americans will do But only in their own towns.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/30/2017 @ 7:36 pm

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