Barney Eaton

Buick owner in the path of Harvey

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We have a fair number of BCA members in the Houston and San Antonio area

I hope they are all doing well.  Willie Pittman lives in Seguin area (west of San Antonio on I-10) he may be without power as the center of Harvey looks like it got within 20-30 miles of that area.

Houston is getting unheard of amounts of rain and unless your house is on stilts, you could have water.....we may not hear from forum members in those areas until they get power, so lets hope

damage is minimal and we hear from them soon.  

I live about 40 miles north of Austin and we had very little rain on Saturday but about 1.5 overnight, depending on the path of Harvey this could last for a few more days.

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Good message Barney! Keeping our friends in our thoughts and prayers. I cannot even fathom the volume of rain predicted. If that were to occur in my area there would not be much to come home to. I hope everyone is ok!

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I live in the south of U.K. We often  have quite a bit of rain in august , probably because it's the school holidays , but surprised to hear they are expecting a months rainful in a day. Pity I'm in my holiday home in Cyprus would like to see.  ??

but on a serious note I watch with amazement at some the drastic weather you guys contend with in the states , just hope this Harvey doesn't do as much damage as some I've read about, or hurt anyone. Stay safe.

pilgrim

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Good to hear from Willie.

Yesterday I heard from Howard (a Reatta owner) in Port Arthur and at that time he was ok but a lot of rain has fallen since.

If you have never been to the Houston area...it is flat so there is little "high ground".   Flat enough that west of Houston they grow rice. 

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Hi Barney - Thanks too, from me, for the message you posted. I've been worried about hour Texas members. If anyone hears more about our Texas members impacted by Harvey, please let us know.

Thanks

Alan Oldfield

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I saw that map too.  Unreal!  I always wondered if the earth could be flooded for 40 days...and I no longer wonder.

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1 hour ago, buick5563 said:

All of those roads are closed.

Not quite right,  the reality is all the roads are flooded.

 

Houston is in dire straights at the moment.

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We're alright.

From Snopes:

 

Trolls are creating fake tweets about looting

There are a bunch of social media posts of varying virality claiming to show evidence of widespread looting in Houston after Harvey. At least some of these tweets are obvious trolls — particularly those using the hashtag #HarveyLootCrew. As Motherboard explained, trolls have previously used #BaltimoreLootCrew and #SandyLootCrew to try and make fake posts about looting go viral during major news events.

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1 hour ago, buick5563 said:

We're alright.

From Snopes:

 

Trolls are creating fake tweets about looting

There are a bunch of social media posts of varying virality claiming to show evidence of widespread looting in Houston after Harvey. At least some of these tweets are obvious trolls — particularly those using the hashtag #HarveyLootCrew. As Motherboard explained, trolls have previously used #BaltimoreLootCrew and #SandyLootCrew to try and make fake posts about looting go viral during major news events.

 

What purpose is there to this fake news?  Just 15 minutes of fame? 

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There MAY be trolls, 

BUT there certainly are actual looters, as well in these incidents! 

It has happened before:

 

Following Hurricane Katrina which struck 12 YEARS AGO TODAY,

in the aftermath we returned to our home, and eventually brought some of our valuables back, using a generator to start demolition and gutting the house to bare studs to be sterilized with bleach and boric acid, but leaving in the evening.

 

FEMA Sub-Contractors who tacked on the blue tarp over our damaged roof also stole ten (10) of our spare 5-gallon cans of gas which were running our generator to power a fan and the power tools. Gas was not available locally since there was no electricity to run the stations, and I had brought it in from several hours away.

 

Then one night our locked home (with no functioning alarm system due to no electricity) was broken into. Our Power tools, hand tools, generator, and compressor were stolen, along with all of my wife's jewelry and sterling silver which were  (we thought) well hidden. Our local pharmacy was also looted. They were taking not only critical life-giving supplies and food, they were stealing booze, jewelry, expensive sneakers, big screen TV sets and other non-essentials from local business because they could.

 

Shortly afterward we obtained a camper trailer, moved it into our yard, and stayed at the house to continue rebuilding efforts, but yes, there are looters who will certainly take advantage when the opportunity arises. 

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5 hours ago, Dynaflash8 said:

Marty, it's the World we live in today, sad to say.  Hope you're alright there in Louisiana

 

 

Thanks Earl, and the many others who have contacted us -

yes, we have had wind and extreme rain, but are keeping our local streets and canals pumped out here, and concentrating on donations to organizations which can truly help those severely affected - with preference for those with historically low operating expenses, rather than big salaries for executives. Salvation Army is a good example in my opinion, and many local congregations can ensure that funds get where they need to be.

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And the LOOTERS are the FIRST to call police if someone steals what they just looted.

 

You can't fix STUPID, shoot them,

 

Dale in Indy

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Disasters seem to bring out the worst in people.  Looters who steal non life support objects are the worst among us.  Taking advantage of a bad situation for another is cowardly!   I just hope I never find myself in the middle of a situation like this.

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33 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:

Disasters seem to bring out the worst in people.

 

There are quite a few instances of "inexperienced" employees mispricing items in stores because quantities are different from normal. They need to send some training volunteers for up here in Rochester. Our stores have been selling one cigarette or one Pamper for years. Scoundrels.

 

Bernie

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1 hour ago, JohnD1956 said:

Disasters seem to bring out the worst in people.  Looters who steal non life support objects are the worst among us.  Taking advantage of a bad situation for another is cowardly!   I just hope I never find myself in the middle of a situation like this.

Best Buy in Houston:  $43 for a 24 pack of bottled water, or $30 for a 12 pack ($60 for 24)

View image on Twitter

 

Fuel for $10 per gallon and hotel rooms have quadrupled in price.

 

Don't you love corporate America?  Can you spell G R E E D?  Great humanitarians.  

 

The only thing that really matters is human life.

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