Thursday, April 21, 2016

HOUSTON FIRST RESPONDERS AND HEROES, INSPIRATION THURSDAY


There could be no greater Inspiration than seeing the everyday heroes that have helped Houston during this unprecedented event.  We only thought the Memorial Day floods from last year were the worst it could be.  

As bad as they were, this is much worse.  

They estimate that 240,000,000,000 (yep, BILLION) gallons of water fell from the sky, that's enough, they say, to fuel Niagara Falls for 88 hours.

3000 square miles were affected, twice the size of Rhode Island.

We received more rain in 12 hours than we get in two or three months.

9 people, sadly, have lost their lives, thousands of Houstonians are without homes, and the property damage is approaching $60 billion.

1200 high water rescues were made.

2nd Family tells us the farm received 17 inches of rain (in 24 hours!) and they have been landlocked for a few days (but today the water on roads receded).

The insurance company I work for has had 3600 (and counting) flooded auto claims filed. That's just one insurance company.

There are still areas of Houston that are continuing to flood because the water from upstream is flowing downstream and/or backing up in reservoirs.

Through it all, the emergency response has been wonderful.  All the first responders, the Red Cross, and neighbors helping neighbors and rescuing others from rooftops and flooded cars.  

Watching the aftermath gives us hope in humanity, how we can, and do, come together in an emergency.  I'm sure there are the bad things that happen, but thankfully, they are FAR outweighed by the good we have witnessed...


10 comments:

Fiona said...

Admiral stories but why does it have to take a disaster for us to pull together? Just thinking.......

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Now that's a lot of rain. I heard several dams were having issues in the area, is that true? Be careful and stay safe.

laurie said...

thats an incredible amount of rain,, so scary,, something we have absolutely no control over,,take care,,

Mary Ann said...

My in laws are on their way to Houston even as I type this for a one year old's birthday party. We asked them not to go. I feel so sorry for you guys and all your friends and family going through this!

Texas Rose said...

Thank you to all the Heroes during the Flood!
17 inches at the Farm!! Wow, that's a lot of water! Glad to hear that 2nd Family is ok.

1st Man said...

Wise observation. It's so true, disasters, national tragedies, bring so many together but then everyone drifts apart. My only hope is that a little bit more sticks each time....

1st Man said...

Dams have held, but it's been crazy. Thank you!!

1st Man said...

I know, isn't it? Nothing we can predict and nothing we can stop once it starts. Awe inspiring AND terrifying!

1st Man said...

I hope they made it safely and had a good time. The rain ended and a lot of the waters receded. Let us know that all is well!!

1st Man said...

Amazing amounts of water....hard to even comprehend....