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As it happened, I was heading for Florida to catch a snook when Harvey reared his ugly head. The trip was planned long ago, and, since I was Summering (is that a word?) in Tennessee, I couldn't do much about my Houston house anyhow.... I went to Florida.

The fishing trip was an almost bust, but I did catch my bucket list snook.

Reports and photos from our next-door neighbors in Houston have been, so far, encouraging. The front street is flooded. The little lake in the back yard is rising but hasn't risen yet to the house level. The next few days will be critical. My golfing buddy, who lives about a 1/2 mile away, has recorded 23 inches of rain as of noon today!

The brown patch shown in one of the pictures is, I think, floating pine needles!

Not much that I can do. I am back in Tennessee, watching and waiting. If we get some water in the house, I will probably head there, not that I can do much.

We've lived in that same house for 27 years and never had an issue, through some major rain events. This one is different.

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p.s. No matter how all of this comes out......a smart guy once told me that..."if you can solve a problem with either money or time, it is NOT a real problem". I agree. RG
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My fingers are crossed for you. Looks like it may come around for another pass.
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Good luck Rich, hope your home is spared.

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Prayers for the people of Houston.
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TV had one statistic that stood out.

The 24-hour rainfall record at Bush Intercontinental airport was a bit over 16 inches yesterday.

That beat the 1945 year largest rainfall in 24 hours record by 8 inches. i.e. a record that stood for 62 years was DOUBLED.

No matter what the population grew, doubling the previous rainfall record is unprecedented.

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That is one impressive drainage system to handle that much rain and not have worse flooding than what is in the pics. I don't think our storm sewers here would have handle it so well. Good luck Rich99 and hopefully your house fairs well out of all this....:)

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Obviously, we are not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot.

The major issue is that we are on the Gulf of Mexico coast. That means that we are already nearly at sea level.

I think my place, which is 70 miles inland, is about 20 feet above sea level.

As they are now releasing water from two large reservoirs (Addicks and Barker). Those waters will flow into Buffalo Bayou and finally into Galveston Bay. All of that new flow will slow down the outflow of water from the Northern ends of the city.

Additionally, every drop of rain that drops, even way to the North of town, will also have to flow out via the same two rivers (San Jacinto and Trinity) and on into Galveston Bay.

All of this d@#$ water is flowing into one place. Sooner or later, there will be more water flowing out than the rivers and bayous can handle at one time, and there will be backups up my way. The only hope is for it to STOP RAINING long enough to let nature take its course and let the waters go down to the sea.

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p.s. my daughter lives a few miles from us. Here is a picture she just sent me showing her street. She is still dry, ...but, note the kayakers helping out!
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I hope it doesn't flood your home.
I have seen pictures where cars are totally submerged.

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It is good to see others pitching into help others out. That is what I love about this country, when things get tough people come together to do what they can. Task force 1 from Ohio headed down and is helping getting people out who are stranded. May all the first responders (professional or volunteer ) be protected. Hopefully the 2 rivers are able to do their job and the rain slows to allow it. I sit and look at the pics and videos coming out from this hurricane and am stunned. Unbelievable amount of water and can't imagine the clean up job once the water recides. Again, hopefully you and your families houses are spared.

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The latest story from TV is that Harvey will slip BACK into the Gulf for a day, then build strength to again become another Tropical Depression...... and come to visit Texas again!

The only little bit of good in that theory is they are saying that the re-enter point will be to the East of Houston. That means that Beaumont and the Louisiana coast will get hit.

Candidly, we've already had our 24/30 inches and don't need another dump.

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Hope the best for you and your family Rich.

I do a lot of work at MD Anderson, TMC, Texas Children's and Methodist, all by the Houston Zoo, have you heard how that area is doing? I was there in Apr of 2016 for a minor flood event and Fannin St past Holcombe Blvd was completely submerged.
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I have not heard anything about those areas. Since they are so near the Buffalo Bayou and downtown, I'd imagine that they have been hit pretty hard. Don't really know.

I am in Tennessee, and, other than photos from my kids and my neighbors, I have no more information than any one of you.

On TV, they just again showed the graphic of Harvey going BACK out to sea, and then turning around and hitting the Texas coast again. That is a new one on me.

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I am seeing that forecast too. We have seen them skip along coasts, but to come inland, hang out and return to loop back in, just crazy.
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Wow Rich, I hope you stay on the right side of luck! I've seen the coverage on TV and it's bad down there. It's amazing seeing bass boats in the streets.
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