… has the street in front of CatBeard Manor had so much water.
Granted at the height of the heaviest rain during Harvey the entire street was curb-to- curb water and moving up into my front yard. Today it is only curb-to-curb to the west of me.
When Topical Storm Imelda was coming ashore earlier this week, I thought “good we’ll finally get some rain”. I even put down fertilizer and garden lime on my yard to be watered-in by the rain. Then … nothing … light intermittent drizzle Monday and Tuesday followed by a few short showers yesterday. Be careful what you wish for.
I’m off work this week on a “staycation”. I was making a Starbucks run about 11 AM when it began. By the time I got back to my driveway the deluge had begun. Heavy downpour for over an hour before a temporary respite, and we are at the trailing edge of what is now Tropical Depression Imelda. Houston proper and points east are getting the brunt of it.
We have always been an “island in the stream” during flooding events. In the thirty years we have been here even the worst flooding events has left us high and dry.
All of the usual places that flood in Houston are flooding now. Watching LIVE YouTube coverage of Houston weather and flooding. It’s pretty bad.
I’m glad I took the week off.
Still high and relatively dry. Street in front of house has drained. Some nearby stores have reopened. Hillary is napping comfortably in my lap.
CatBeard Manor and its surroundings are an island in the midst of the flood. As the rainfall dissipates things will only get better here.
HOWEVER – life in general will take a long time getting back to normal. In all directions away from us roads are closed due to flooding.
Apple Map screen shots showing road closures.
Uh oh – Internet just went out. Uploading via my cellular data link …
Nothing too sensational to report (thank God). House has developed a minor leak – drip – drip – drip. Street in front of house has flooded. Back yard is OK.
As I write this the rain has stopped. Some neighborhood kids are out barefoot in the street splashing around.
There are plenty of more sensational Houston flooding stories for those interested, but Catbeard Manor is so far so good.
Tropical Storm Harvey is forecast to retreat to the Gulf of Mexico before heading north. Rain continues …
National Hurricane Center
Hurricane Harvey is now a tropical storm, but the rain continues unabated in many areas.
Fortunately Catbeard Manor remains high and (relatively) dry. We lost a few small limbs on our oak trees (alive and dead), but no other damage. A drive around the subdivision showed evidence of high water encroaching on a few lawns. Note the high water mark in the photo below.
The retention pond for our subdivision is brim full,
as is the creek that flows past our subdivision.
We were VERY lucky. Other folks downstream of us not so much. National news will continue to show Houston flooding for many days. My heart goes out to them.
NPR news on Houston flooding
Washington Post news on Houston flooding