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Harvey

Post by RockportDave » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:35 pm





It’s been close to 8 months since Harvey made landfall on top of our home (blue dot in photo is our home). We rode Hurricane Ike out in Katy Tx (West Houston) and vowed never again. Never got so tired of hearing wind in my life.
So since I am working in the San Antonio area and have the RV here, I headed home Wednesday before “tropical storm” Harvey was supposed to make landfall Friday, and Thursday morning loaded up the wife, dog and left the cats in the house with plenty of food and water. Didn’t bother to board up, according to forecasts it’s just gonna be a tropical storm. (I remember telling the wife there is over 500 miles for this storm to travel and it could be anything when it gets to Texas). By the time we drove the 2.5 hrs to the RV, the forecast changed to “could be a CAT 1-2”. Hmm, do we go back and board up? No need, our house was built in 1963 and had been through storms before.
Went out to some outlet stores trying to keep our minds off the storm barreling toward our home, but watched the weather closely. By Friday, Harvey was still heading for the Coastal Bend of Texas and it seemed to be using our home to “home in” to the coast.
As Friday turned to Friday night, it was getting real and I was praying this storm would follow Ike and turn north in the last hours, putting us on the “clean side” of the storm, but this CAT 3-4 Hurricane was not letting up and trying to find our 1/2 acre of paradise. We are about 1.5 miles from the bay and at 19 foot elevation, so I wasn’t too concerned about the surge, but the 130+ mph winds and small tornadoes that come with it had us on edge. All we could do is wait and pray for the best and pray for the neighbors that decided to ride it out (they have all since said they will NEVER do that again). It never turned north.
By Saturday morning the RV was rocking pretty good and the forecast said we could have 70 mph winds in the area, so we loaded up and headed to Northeast Texas to take cover and visit family for a couple of days.
Headed back to San Antonio area the following Monday, carefully plotting our route to miss the flooded roads and highways, and found the RV to be in good shape. Headed out the next morning to home or what is left of home. We did get word our home looked intact. As we got closer to Rockport it looked like winter with no leaves on any trees except some palms. The short “coastal oak” trees that are everywhere had no leaves at all and the ones still standing were full of debris. Thousands of them were pushed over and had limbs gone. There are many RV parks in the Rockport area and any RV that was left, was tossed, turned over or damaged beyond repair. Homes and businesses looked like “hit and miss” damage. Some looked as though they faired well and others beside them were gone. As we were preparing to cross the new Copano Bay bridge, we met police with there lights on, escorting 10-15 semi’s from HEB grocery chain that included a mobile pharmacy, mobile banking where checks could be cashed, mobile cafeteria, large generators and other supplies. They set up in the Rockport HEB parking lot and we are truly grateful to them. Hundreds and possibly thousands of volunteers came with cases of water, ice, trailered BBQ pits and just about anything we needed to survive the first weeks of devistation.
As we crossed the Copano bridge the bay was calm and beautiful and one would not know from the water a CAT 4 hurricane came through less than a week before. We made it to our home and found the house in good shape, minus a few shingles. Our 30’x20’ storage building and 12x15 lawnmower building were not so lucky. They were both total losses, parts of them we’ve yet to find. We lost around 5 trees total and some large limbs from others, but what is left is trying to come back with shade. The orange tree is actually gonna put off some oranges this year. Most of the palms faired well.
Most of our close neighbors are doing well also.
We have a few more items on the “Take This Harvey” list and we will be back to our normal.
Since the storm, we bought the Goldwing and the rides help us to relax from all the stress and work we have endured.
We are Blessed!
Dave


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Re: Harvey

Post by RockportDave » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:49 pm





Lower photo was back yard before Harvey. Top photo was about a week after. The building in the before picture was the lawnmower building.
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Re: Harvey

Post by dingdong » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:45 am

Scary!!! Living in Okla. we are used to storms (tornados) Don't think I would ever get used to the wide spread destruction from hurricanes. Good that you are recovering nicely.
Tom

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Re: Harvey

Post by RockportDave » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:21 am

Thanks Tom.
The one thing about hurricanes is there is plenty of warning to evacuate and we have learned to get everything together and get out. With the Oklahoma tornadoes y’all are lucky to get 5 minutes warning. I have been assigned projects in and around the Tulsa area and I have to say, Oklahoma has some of the best weather reporting in the country.
Just about all the escape routes from our home have 5 foot elevation or less over bays that are going to be under water when the surge hits, so if you don’t leave early you can’t get out. The last bad hurricane to hit our area was Celia in 1970, so not many people in the area remember or were even around for it. I called to cancel a dentist appointment that Thursday and the the young receptionist was not even aware a storm was coming.
We love the south Texas coast and the warm weather, even though we got snow this past winter. I like the mild climate and we can enjoy riding year round.
Dave
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Re: Harvey

Post by TwoTone Trike » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:26 pm

Wow, the before and after is kinda spooky looking. The tree in the after picture reminds me of the gnarly old tree in the movie poltergeist.

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Re: Harvey

Post by RockportDave » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:09 pm

We live in the community of Lamar which is covered with these trees. The help deflect the wind from hurricanes over the homes, but a friend who stayed said when lightning struck they could see small tornadoes everywhere.
None of the trees had leaves left on them and what wasn’t blown down had large and small limbs broken off.
There is a state park here with “The Big Tree”.


It made it through the storm and it’s less than 1/4 mile from the bay.
Dave


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