Denise Faulkner sent this picture in via ReduceFlooding.com’s Submissions page. It gets my vote for the funniest Harvey photo ever. I call it “Rosie Takes a Ride on the Harvey Cruise Line.”
Here’s the backstory. The dog, Rosie, belong’s to Denise’s mother. She parked the dog on this floating foam cushion while collecting her “essentials” before evacuation. How ingenious! A short while later, they were rescued on the jet ski you see in the background in the doorway.
According to Denise, Rosie did great during and after Harvey. She survived the storm and bounced back without any trauma or drama. Dogs are great in that respect. All they need is a little food, a lot of love, and a warm place to sleep.
It’s hard to find comedy in the middle of tragedy. But now that the hurt of Harvey is 952 days in the past, this photo gave me a belly laugh. I hope the Harvey Cruise Line and Rosie at least make you smile.
If you have flood pictures that you would like to share with the world, please send them in via the Submissions page.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 4/7/2020 with thanks to Denise Faulkner
952 Days after Hurricane Harvey
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Janet Wilson lives in Kingwood Greens. Her home, like those of all 225 in the subdivision, flooded during Harvey AFTER Lake Conroe opened its gates and started releasing almost 80,000 cubic feet per second. That amounted to ONE THIRD of all the water coming down the highly populated Humble/Kingwood corridor on the West Fork where most flood damage occurred. Her photos tell a tragic story about the toll that flooding places on a family. But her words told an even more tragic story.
Below are photos of our home in Kingwood Greens. They show just a fraction of the overnight loss of 48 years’ accumulation of household effects, family heirlooms, clothing, medicines, pictures, letters, books, keepsakes, both our cars, including a vintage Porsche, and more.
Beyond the Tangible Items
But, these are just the tangible items. Some of our greatest losses could not be photographed.
It has taken us more than two years to try to restore our life.
That’s time we could have spent with aging and now deceased parents plus our children, grandchildren and friends.
Then consider the loss of wages; my husband is a consultant. Also consider the physical and continuing mental toll that stress from this has put on us.
AND finally, consider the permanent loss of friends and neighbors. Seven out of 21 families on our street alone were so traumatized, they have sold their homes and left our neighborhood forever.
Those “Stop the Drop” homeowners on Lake Conroe have no idea of what “loss of recreation” is, and their insensitive selfishness is incomprehensible.
Tell YOUR Story In Person to the SJRA Board
If you feel like Janet, make sure you email the SJRA board and urge members to continue the policy of lowering Lake Conroe seasonally until other flood mitigation measures can be put in place. Until more gates can be added to Lake Houston and dredging is completed, it’s the only buffer against flooding that the Lake Houston Area has. You can email them or deliver your message in person at the next SJRA Board meeting.
Please write an email showing your support for continuing the temporary seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe. The SJRA Board of Directors also welcomes input via mail or email. To contact the Board please visit: https://www.sjra.net/about/board/. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the email form. Or email email@example.com.
Generally, original letters carry more weight than form letters. However, many people do not feel comfortable writing or speaking. So…
For More Information About the Lake Lowering Strategy
A new page on this web site called Lake Lowering contains background information, sample letters, and previous posts. Please write or testify.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 1/19/2020
873 Days after Hurricane Harvey
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While much of the press after Harvey focused on the wisdom of development in floodways and floodplains, the plight of homes and businesses much further from the San Jacinto was largely overlooked. Amy Slaughter and Jennifer Trimble bought homes more than a mile from the river, thinking they beyond the reach of floods. They weren’t. Homes near mine, almost two miles from the river, also flooded.
Page 13 of the Harris County Flood Control District’s final report on Harvey states, “Of the 154,170 homes flooded, 48,850 were within the 1% (100-yr) floodplain, 34,970 within the .2% (500-yr) floodplain, and 70,370 were outside of the 1% (100-yr) and .2% (500-yr) floodplains.” In other words, 46% were not in a marked flood plain. Which helps to explain the staggering number of uninsured homeowners.
Sixty-four percent of all the homes flooded did not have flood insurance.
Images like these so far from the river can only make one marvel at the folly of high-rise developers who insist on building on the edge of the current floodway. They know full well that, when new new flood maps are redrawn, their property will be IN the floodway. Of course, by that time, they will likely have resold it to unsuspecting buyers who are thrilled with the river views.
Underscoring Urgent Need for Flood Mitigation
If you have pictures that you would like to share, please send them to me via the Submissions Page of this web site. My thanks to Karen and Carolanne for sharing their experiences. They underscore the urgent need to put flood mitigation measures in place. It’s been more than a year and a half since Harvey and six months since the Everybody But Trump meeting in Austin. That that meeting, City officials came away hopeful that we were close to an agreement with FEMA to remove at least part of the Mouth Bar.
Sadly, not much has happened since then. But City Council Member Dave Martin, Mayor Turner and Stephen Costello have scheduled a meeting for March 21 at the Kingwood Community Center. That will be one year after Turner promised the community more gates for Lake Houston and additional dredging to reduce our flood risk.
Posted by Bob Rehak on March 11, 2019
559 Days since Hurricane Harvey
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Two weeks ago, when the San Jacinto River Authority reconsidered whether to lower Lake Conroe seasonally again this year, I put out a call for pictures from Harvey. I wanted the people of Lake Conroe to see how much the people of Lake Houston suffered from floodwaters. The community responded with dozens of images. I have just now finished posting the last of them on the Submissions page. If you’ve never been to this page before, check it out. The images speak volumes…silently.
Submissions from Karen Hudak
As I edited Karen Hudak’s pictures, I could almost feel what must have been her panic. Waking up in the dark to see water creeping up. Scrambling to elevate belongings. Pausing to photograph a panicked deer. Peering out a second story window to see how bad things were. Loading up a truck to escape then finding the water was rising too fast to get away.
Submissions by Diana Aston
Diana Aston also submitted several pictures that captured the overwhelmingness of the event. They capture floodwaters rising outside, engulfing homes, swallowing cars, and her garage. And finally the return to shattered dreams…down the toilet.
My thanks to Karen and Diana for allowing me to share their pictures with the world.
To see more pictures submitted by others, browse through the gallery on the Submissions page. To share your images with the world, follow the instructions on the page.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 3/9/19 with photos from Karen Hudak and Diana Aston
557 Days since Hurricane Harvey
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