Storm Surge

September 14, 2008

Well, the first thing to say is that I am not in Texas this evening, and the reason is pretty obvious from the above picture.  My plane was cancelled.  Houston airport is closed: I10, the major interstate that grants access to the city from other parts of the state, is under water and therefore staff including air traffic control, can’t get to the airport (and if it looks anything like I45, pictured above, it’s going to be a while before it’s reopened).  Thanks to my cousin who is a Texas State Trooper and was able to get into Galveston (where both major bridges that access the island have suffered structural damage), my family also knows that the ground floor of my grandparents house, and the main floor of my aunt and uncles’ house, is sitting under almost 2 feet of water.   They are insured: hurricanes happen, even large devastating ones like this one.  Like the mayor of Galveston said yesterday “The gulf sits here, and at any moment — like today — it can rise up in wrath and overwhelm you.  We’ve lost a lot today. But you know that’s a part of our history.”

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