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April 20, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

A guide: Fun with Floods

Life is good in Houston – “God willing and the creek don’t rise” – which it did. I’m thinking about writing a brochure touting Houston – or was that a local survival guide… already started in fact. What do you think?

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Fish in the street after flood. . (Audrey Seykora/chron.com)

Love waterfront property but can’t afford it? No problem. Sooner or later it’ll come right to you!. Just imagine fishing from your front porch. (Audrey Seykora/chron.com)

man in water biking. (Jon Shapley/Hou.chron/chron.com)

Worried you won’t get enough exercise with the land being so flat? Forget about it! Work those muscles biking with water resistance. ((Jon Shapley/Hou.chron/chron.com)

Lumber stacks floating down the street. (. Andrew Dansby/chron.com)

With companies floating out new ideas, you wooden have to wait for needed products to be delivered to your door. (Andrew Dansby/chron.com)

men wading down flooded street.chron.com

Worried about where to buy a house? Get your waders and slosh along. It’s  the best time to check out whether a house will manage the weather. (This is true. It’s how we house hunt.) (chron.com)

people in boats.citizen rescuers.(Melissa Phillip/Hou.Chron:chron.com)

It’s easy to meet people when you’re new here. “Meet and Greet “events occur spontaneously encouraging those of all ages to get out and mingle. We love outdoor good sports here. (Melissa Phillip/Hou.Chron/chron.com)

People in kayak with pit bull. (Melissa Phillip/Hou.chron/chron.com)

You might even learn something new like kayaking or that pit bulls can behave well. (Melissa Phillip/Hou.chron/chron.com)

truck transport. (Steve Gonzales/Hou.chron/chron.com)

Some have heard Houston lacks adequate transportation. Metro does utilize some unique vehicles…but it’s Texas. You know, everything is bigger. Can’t mess with people’s expectations. (Steve Gonzales/Hou.chron/chron.com)

truck in flood water.(James Nielsen/Hou.Chron/chron.com)

No need to worry about what kind of car to buy to fit in. Use Metro or Uber until settled. Not a great idea to  buy a new or used one for a while. Wait. Most damaged/marginal ones will be transported to used car lots out of state shortly.(James Nielsen/Hou.Chron/chron.com)

armadillo rescue by abc:ktrk reporter.(Steve Gonzales/Hou.chron/chron.com)

Strange residents here worry some. But even armadillos welcome a friendly face. (rescue by abc/ktrk reporter.Steve Gonzales/Hou.chron/chron.com)

armadillo rescue by KTRK/abc reporter. ( Steve Gonzales:Houston Chronicle:chron.com)

Houston showers all with Texas hospitality. OK. Everyone scooch. Always room for one more on high ground during a ‘rain event’. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle/chron.com)

woman in flooded house.(Jon Shapley/Hou.Chron/chron.com)

We make getting motivated for spring cleaning easy here. This year 9 counties are washing that old out of their there. (Jon Shapley/Hou.Chron/chron.com)

collapsed freeway retaining wall. (Jennifer O'Rourke)

Don’t enjoy water sports? How about a mud slide? Spa treatment included! (collapsed freeway retaining wall. Jennifer O’Rourke)

Buffalo Bayou flooded. (Nick Anderson/Hou.Chron/chron.com)

We don’t isolate the fun. Especially this year with the entire city getting into the swim of things. It’s really a pretty town – lots of green spaces. Looks like someone left the sprinkler system on again along Buffalo Bayou. (Nick Anderson/Hou.Chron/chron.com)

Bluebonnets by bayou. chron.com

Bayous are scenic with parks and bike trails….and they self water. (Chron.com)

skyline.bluebonnets and downtown. (chron.com)

After a bit you grow to appreciate the variety of beauty around. (chron.com)

More big thunder storms in TX. Weather radar. (radar.weather.gov)

They say this band is moving fast. Only 1-2 more inches of rain on totally saturated ground and rivers just cresting. And more developing behind this line. I’ve got about 20 minutes. “Molly, get up. Potty now!” (radar.weather.gov)

 

 

 

 

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66 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner / Apr 20 2016 10:25 am

    this is horrible…. and water can be as scary as fire… someone once said in a blog, look at the helpers when you think your heart breaks … yes, that brings hope and courage back…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 5:01 pm

      Rain, earth slide – we don’t need fires! (so they are cutting electricity in some flooded areas) One more morning of rain storms on Thursday then it’s supposed to clear up for a bit. Molly is longing to run with friends and we’ll probably let her tomorrow/Friday at the dog field…she’s fine with taking a bath afterwards – as long as she has someone to talk with other than the cat!
      Thanks for the paw waves of hope!

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  2. Carrie Rubin / Apr 20 2016 10:31 am

    What an incredible amount of rain you had in such a short time. These pictures are heart-wrenching. I read there were five deaths. Very sad. Apparently two were from people who ignored a blocked road warning. Such a shame. Hope you’re okay. Clever post despite the horror behind it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 12:03 pm

      Considering that the entire city, surrounding areas, and 9 counties are totally swamped, having 7 deaths is remarkable. It’s hurricane country and most people understand floods here and use common sense. There are underpasses and areas that flood if anyone cries too much. The city has alarm gauges that signal when barricades are needed and even video cameras. Unreal that people drive around barricades…and don’t get out and swim/dog paddle when obviously the car is sinking – you can stand on the roof even. Once flooded people think they can drive on the shoulder/sidewalk and get somewhere, but it’s easy to get disoriented when it’s all water, so people drive off into the ditch/bayou. Still residents are pulling together as always. As one poor guy in Meyerland (near where I grew up – it used to be rice paddies) said”I moved in only a month ago, and this isn’t the way you want to meet your neighbors, but everyone is being so helpful and kind to us.” That’s so Houston. Thanks for floating along

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  3. pensitivity101 / Apr 20 2016 10:44 am

    Good post and pics. Always a toingue in cheek ‘plus’ side (like the pit bull) 🙂
    Seriously hope thing start to recede shortly. Weather is all over the place here in the UK too with minus temps overnight, frost first thing, and snow on the hills.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 11:53 am

      You might as well laugh to retain some sanity. It gets more difficult once the storm passes, you realize the extent of the mess and destruction, there’s no power or water, and it’s 100 degrees with mosquitoes and looters show up. Seriously. – that’s really when people need a safe cool place – and dry underwear. Luckily this is hurricane country, everyone usually pitches in to help each other, and the strong survive. Good for the gene pool (oh isn’t there some phrase without a water connection?)
      Your weather sounds like Denver’s. Nothing like a snug boat, though. No doubt all the dogs will be happier with a return to seasonal weather. Thanks for tying up a comment here

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      • pensitivity101 / Apr 20 2016 12:01 pm

        You’re so right, it’s ‘afterwards’ when it really hits you. And as for looters, they should be ashamed of themselves, as should their families.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 2:21 pm

          In past years, looting wouldn’t have been an issue. But last year’s Memorial Day Flood saw people putting out furniture to dry in their front yards only to see people from out of the neighborhood driving around and stopping and picking up stuff and tossing it in their cars and going off. Outrageous behavior. Some of them just shrugged and said those homeowners could “just going to tell their insurance companies it was ruined and get paid for the item” (When the homeowner had every intention of saving/refinishing the wood) or the looters just didn’t care and said if “people didn’t want it taken, they shouldn’t put it out there.” Gads.The sheriffs depts had to put armed guards out there. If it gets hot, homeowners are tired and short tempered, bad things can happen if they are pushed by opportunists. It didn’t used to be this way around here. With the entire city swamped, maybe people will be too busy with their own stuff to loot. Fingers crossed.

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  4. Robin / Apr 20 2016 11:23 am

    I’ve been wondering how you’re doing down there. Stay safe and dry. Or as dry as you can with all that rain.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 11:48 am

      Being close to the lake/bay so water drains quickly and on high-ish land, we’re not experiencing any problem. I do recognize a bunch of the houses and areas that are swamped from other neighborhoods we lived in/near. It’s not a joke about hiking out to check out houses during a flood before buying. It’s so flat here. The city is doing a great job during the emergency – it’s just difficult when the entire county is mostly underwater. All those hurricane preparations and lessons learned have paid off….if people will just use common sense. So far so good. Thanks for trodding through these wetlands

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  5. Paul / Apr 20 2016 1:22 pm

    Wow. That is scary Phil. I wish you the very best. Here in central/eastern Canada the landscape is too hilly for that to happen over any great area. On the prairies it happens quite a bit. Also there are few rivers that fill their flood plains -where idiots build houses. Ha! The rivers are usually just local disturbances and seldom make the news outside the area. One spring I was driving a transport delivering bread to distribution terminals over night. I had a delivery in Fredericton New Brunswick which sits on the St.John River which floods every year. The Fredericton terminal was in the flood plain and they had modified the property to install transport ramps by digging down next to the foundation so the driver backed onto a paved pit at an angle to unload. One night it was raining hard when I delivered about 1 am but the pit was draining well, so there was little water. My Dad was the manager of that terminal but he worked out of the plant about 200 miles away – the same plant where I loaded and unloaded every night. I actually boarded with him in town at the time. Anyway I was going to bed when he was going to work and every day we exchanged greetings each morning and evening like Ralph and Fred guarding the sheep on the Bugs Bunny show -one coming and one going. So that morning we greeted, and I went to bed. When I got up to go to work at supper time Dad was just coming into the house. He could put on quite a show when he wanted and he indicated that he had something serious to discuss before i left. I worried through my shower and when I had dressed I sat down to eat. Dad joined me , and in a very serious tone, asked if I delivered to Fredericton the previous night. I nodded, knowing he knew that already as I had a regular run. He then asked if I had used the washroom when I was done – which I always did to wash up before leaving each terminal. I nodded again. He then asked if I had accidentally left the tap on. I thought about that for a minute but could not remember and when I said so,he replied that I had left the tap on and there was quite a bit of damage. I apologized and he pulled out a few pictures of the terminal – the pit was full and the water was up to the mid-door on the delivery trucks parked there, and the whole property was covered with about 2 feet of water. I was flabbergasted for a moment before my brain kicked into gear and I realized that the property had flooded after I left the previous night. Tap, my ass, Ha

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 2:37 pm

      Fred and Ralph – I love those guys! Your dad sounds like a hoot! Gottcha.
      I’d really enjoy a change of a hilly/mountain view. Maybe someday…then there would be mud slides and rock crashes. Every place has it’s hazards.
      (Hey, I can’t find your last post. Where are you?) Thanks for carefully hauling a comment over this way

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  6. Ally Bean / Apr 20 2016 1:57 pm

    What a mess. So sorry. Glad to see that your sense of humor hasn’t been dampened by all the rain, but still…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 2:24 pm

      Hey, some good comes from this: we don’t have to hear analysis after analysis of election results or hear nothing except candidates making idiotic statements. So there’s a win! Finally sun outside…I feel like a blinking mole in the sun. Thanks for going with the guide!

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      • Ally Bean / Apr 20 2016 2:27 pm

        Yes, you make an excellent point there. Be sure to put on your shades before you venture out into the sunlight!

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 2:38 pm

          and maybe hitch Molly to a wagon in order from getting dragged like the tail of a kite behind her. She’s ready to romp.

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  7. sustainabilitea / Apr 20 2016 2:49 pm

    Water you know? I enjoyed your take on what is such a sad situation. But even in all the sadness, there are upbeat and even light-hearted moments, the kind that give people hope and keep them going. As for the pit bull behaving, we foster two that were full of love and wonderful dogs and we didn’t even need a flood to find that out (thankfully!)

    janet

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 4:57 pm

      A water world!. We are sick of it all, but the good thing is that here we didn’t have the blah blah blah by annoying politicians for a few days. (I promise. This is the last flood post. Maybe a car post next. Fast car…)
      There are lots and lots of Pit Bulls here – sadly far too many not carefully bred for that sweet temperament that some of them have (like our neighborhood’s adorable Miss Roxie) and far far too many are not properly socialized or managed by their owners. Then there’s the underground dog fights that authorities are constantly uncovering…and you can guess what breed the vicious dogs that they are loading up are. Always wonderful to see the charmer Pits who struggle to overcome the fear people have of them. Nothing like a happy well behaved dog to make you smile – one in a boat is worth a chuckle, too.
      Thanks for dog paddling over to leave a comment

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      • sustainabilitea / Apr 20 2016 5:03 pm

        I agree that many of the issues with pit bulls these days are from breeding for aggression. Dog fighting is heinous. The only good I’ve seen from it was the Michael Vick story. Because of the money he had and was made to put into it, it was discovered that while not all the dogs could be rehab, many could and some are even therapy dogs. A lot of good came from this evil, but so much more goes on.

        I think too many people get dogs based on something they like about the looks or something they believe about the breed, rather than matching dog needs and human needs. For instance, does the breed of dog needs lots of exercise and if so, will the owner be willing to do it? And then many owners are unwilling to work with their dogs, which is not only a disservice to anyone who has to interact with the dog (and to the owner, too) but to the dog as well.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 5:31 pm

          Shelters and rescue groups here take so much care to make sure the dog and owner are a good match that it irritates the heck out of people – but it is necessary and best for both dog and person/family. It’s not just pits – each dog needs the perfect home to do well – and to keep from being a casualty due to poor owner or tossed back into the street/shelters.
          Drug dealers ant “tough dudes/dudettes” want that pit image for a pet/guard for their dealings – there are far too many sources that do not screen, so there are problems – and the breed’s reputation suffers.
          When we saw Molly at the adoption place, another man and woman were making up their mind whether to take her – we came up and Molly stepped into my tote purse clearly saying who she wanted to go home with – and one of the adoption women puled us aside in an aisle, talked to us and rushed the paperwork saying we could even take her and return to finish up…I heard her say “They work out of the house and are home all day, They have had big dogs and problem rescues before, They have a tall fenced yard – and there aren’t any small children. And they are calming. She goes with them.” She was right. Once the pain meds wore off, Molly turned out to be close to feral and wildly enthusiastic, had never lived indoors before – and had been abused. She had little self control over her jaws and paws. I have no doubt if she had gone to a family, she might have injured someone out of happiness, not to mention she eats windowsills/couch/house (not so much now). It would not have gone well for her as she had been adopted after her rescue and trauma treatment, but was too much of a handful for the older couple who adored her, but…and then there was the foster homes who loved her when she was good, but she was too clever and would jump the fence in the back yard, go to their front door and scratch to be let in – and repeat it over and over again…as well as annoying/pestering the families other 2 dogs (they did call and say if we decided not to keep her, they would take her)…so we are her 4th home – She picked it herself and apparently chose wisely. Luckily the rescue group lady knew her dogs and what they needed to stay forever home. Quite a skill.

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        • sustainabilitea / Apr 20 2016 5:40 pm

          The woman who runs For the Love of Pits does the same. It’s important for all breeds but even more so for pits and other “bully” breeds. Rottweilers, Dobermans, and German Shepherds have been where pit bulls are, so perhaps one day pits, too, will move beyond the stereotype. Good for you and for all who foster and adopt dogs, particularly damaged ones.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 6:35 pm

          Miss Roxie and Molly firmly agree!

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  8. lbeth1950 / Apr 20 2016 3:10 pm

    I feel so bad for Houston. I may be feeling that bad for myself in Louisiana if this rain doesn’t stop.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 20 2016 3:19 pm

      Oh, I knew we should have shoved it back to the valley. We lived in NOLA for a bit – even more wetlands and flood prone than here ( and even weirder bugs…didn’t think that was possible). Thanks for paddling by to chat

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  9. Kate Crimmins / Apr 20 2016 6:34 pm

    Great pictures and hoping for the best for you and all in the area.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2016 7:31 am

      After another band of rain yesterday morning, it stopped long enough for Molly to go romp in the field with friends (bath necessary, but she was wound up after being in for so long) And sun today – relatively cool even. Dancing! Thanks for floating by

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  10. Aquileana / Apr 21 2016 5:45 am

    Oh, dear…. that’s a terrible flood… I has been raining lots over here as well… And with similar effects as the ones you show above… Not where I like, though… Sound and safe-.
    I think there is so much fiction or science fiction among our reality, and by that I mean that some of those pics could have been taken from a movie, don´t you think…
    Wishing you a great thursday. Aquileana ⭐️.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 21 2016 9:21 am

      It has been stormy there, too – saw some of those picture before all we could get was the locally watery ones.
      You are so right – it is so much like science fiction/fiction movie. (Shall we bet some of this film shows up as stock flood footage in the screen in the future. How astute of you to notice that.
      Oh, great. A HUGE thunder clap right over head. Guess they weren’t kidding about more storms -but the weekend looks clear. YEA! Thanks for sailing by to leave a comment

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  11. Jane Dougherty / Apr 21 2016 6:34 am

    I shall never complain about the rain here again. Hope it stops soon 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 21 2016 9:17 am

      What is life without a little grumbling or muttering…or was that rumbling or mudding? I do wish we could learn to manage the spontaneous gift of too abundant water better considering that water is and will become more and more valuable as the populations grow world wide. We need to play smarter. Meanwhile, the last bunch of storms are expected to end this afternoon…and we can dry out and swat mosquitoes. Thanks for rafting up with a comment

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      • Jane Dougherty / Apr 21 2016 9:42 am

        We need to share things around better. And that requires a serious shake up in our attitudes.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 21 2016 10:30 am

          Depends on the actual area/place as attitudes/traditions/priorities one observed as a child vary so much.
          It is a bit disturbing to see so many who feel it is more praise worthy (a modern motivation it seems) or somehow more honorable to lavish donations and charity on those far far far away rather than seeing the hungry, the homeless, or the ones in desperate need an arm’s reach away in their own communities. But that’s just me, a buy local, give local, help local mentality,…and a “waste not want not” with resources. A good hard look at things is certainly needed. Thanks for mentioning that.

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        • Jane Dougherty / Apr 21 2016 11:22 am

          The whole charity thing is suspect to me. It lets very rich people off the hook, salves their consciences while they continue to profit from the system that produces so much inequality. Rant over.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 21 2016 7:14 pm

          Amusingly it’s not just the rich – the overly pious are some of the most vocal about how good they are. All the world’s a stage. Cheers for rants!

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        • Jane Dougherty / Apr 22 2016 1:08 am

          Only one thing I’d disagree with—overly pious is (IMHO) an oxymoron.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2016 6:39 am

          Yep, but you’d never convince them of that. Is the phrase goody-goody still used? Like that little goody-goody or goody-goody for you? There are other ways to help than money. Whatever way people choose to help other, it seems more sensible to help those close at hand before mailing in a check for those far far away. Old old relatives used to say “If you’re doing it to brag about, you’re really doing it for yourself.” (How did they predict Facebook without ever seeing it? HAHA)

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        • Jane Dougherty / Apr 22 2016 6:54 am

          Goody-goody, Holy Joe/Mary, we still have them. They have their tickets for the great hereafter and they love nothing more than waving them at us sinners 🙂

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2016 7:03 am

          How funny – never thought of them having tickets, flimsy human-made paper so easily lost. Thanks for that image of the travelers

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  12. Tammi Kale / Apr 21 2016 12:40 pm

    I’m in North Carolina and have escaped so far any of this weather. But my thoughts and prayers have been and are with everyone in its wake.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2016 7:11 am

      One good thing about all the flooding – we don’t have to listen to politicians and the continuous analysis of the analysis of the election and candidate. And the sun is out for a couple of days. While this areas is used to storms, usually the flooding is in one area or another – not massively spread out across the entire city/area. A lot of hands-on assistance is going to be needed now – and somehow people will appear knowing that next time it could be them. Sometimes disaster brings the hero out in many who didn’t know it was there. Thanks for keeping this area in your thoughts. It’s sunny and onward. APpreciate you floating by to chat

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  13. themofman / Apr 21 2016 4:35 pm

    I watched the local news tonight. It showed the pickup truck driver who ignored the police advising him to not attempt to cross the flooded bridge, and he wound of driving off the side of it. He instantly converted his truck into a submarine and had to swim to safety.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2016 7:28 am

      It’s insane. At least that guy was smart enough to get out. Some aren’t. Hey, even if you can’t swim, you can dog paddle – don’t just sit there. Pretty sad. The fact that so few have died shows that the city/most people do know how to handle all this. The city has video cameras on many low spots that always flood to keep tabs on them. Unless you are new to the city, drunk or so tired and it’s dark and you can’t see, most people are smart enough to realize it’s best to stop. Then there’s the videos of people steering to the opposite side of the road and since there’s no barricade on that incoming lane, they drive on…and sink. Some videos even show law enforcement running after the car yelling at them to stop, but noooo. Drive on into 17 feet of water. People decide driving on the sidewalk or shoulder will work, only to get disoriented and realizing they drove into the ditch or bayou along side. Nuts. Totally nuts. Commonsense, people. Thanks for snorting along (I really like the tag line of your blog – nice stuff there) Stay dry out there!

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  14. the dune mouse / Apr 22 2016 10:14 am

    oh I hope the weather improves for you down there!! Keep up the good humour!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2016 11:17 am

      We’ve had only a few showers since Friday… (As it clouds up once again…enough already HA HA.)
      The city is in full recovery mode with large soggy trash collection being underway. Shelters are closing with the families needed housing being relocated to other apartments or hotel so people can try to feel like life is getting back to normal. Encouraging are all the experienced volunteers just showing up to assist – especially those who don’t know what steps need to be take and in what order. It’s hurricane country and we have spring floods so the area is pretty well versed in what to do – one reason few are killed in these things. Might as well laugh – as good as whistling as you work. Thanks for dog paddling over to leave a comment

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      • the dune mouse / Apr 26 2016 11:38 am

        hope you won’t be dog paddling too long!!

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2016 2:10 pm

          Check back between 5-10 am tomorrow after the next storm hits. No, really, we are on high-ish ground and just blocks from the lake which drains directly into the bay, so water generally drains well. But not a time to go for a drive until daylight and this front moves off. At least this time all the animals in harm’s way have been relocated and are snug, warm, and safe. (No more roaming tigers? How dull.) Thanks for tossing a comment into this swamp

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  15. RKLikesReeses / Apr 22 2016 12:16 pm

    No, no, no!!!! Horrifying! Wondered if this was near you. ((((((hugs)))))) Your post is an upbeat, inspirational, and good-humored take on a very bad situation. I’m relieved that you’re OK. Maybe if we all stand outside close together with our umbrellas up no more water will land on you?

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    • RKLikesReeses / Apr 22 2016 12:19 pm

      Oh, phooey. I didn’t close that set of italics properly. Should’ve ended right after “very.” Didn’t mean to be indiscriminately emphatic. 😉

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2016 1:19 pm

        Hey- it just looked like Pickles had commandeered the keyboard, cats loves decorative script. We haven’t had tons of rain since Thursday, although there are still showers – one inching in now, but so far just sprinkles. Molly is miffed at all the wet…she has decided she hates wet grass. Everyone’s dogs are nuts at having to be inside so much, so Molly and some friends were thrilled to be let loose to run in the field Friday…shower afterward tolerated by tired pup.
        We are quite relieved they got the remaining buffalo and all the birds of the aviary in Bear Creek park out before they corps had to release water from the dam there…which caused some flooding downstream in low areas of west Houston. Wild life rescue teams are waiting along corridors where they think the wildlife will flee so they can be relocated to safe spots. A couple of alligators in pools already. Fingers crossed on the buffy – she refused to stay on the raised platform they constructed for her above the water and was swimming wildly. They lassoed her and got her to dry land, but she’s very stressed and has been moved to A&M Univ.vets – they are the best, so paws crossed. Thanks for sailing in and docking those comments!

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  16. memoirsofahusk / Apr 25 2016 8:23 am

    Only just heard about the floods – thanks for the tongue-in-cheek guide – I guess humour is a good way of coping! Hope you’re OK.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 25 2016 10:10 am

      Enough with the rain, already. Tornado touch down last nigh a few miles from here; it stormed around 11 last night, and I just got Molly out to visit the year this morning before it started again. Sun out now, and Molly is going to play with friends in the field even if it means bath later – We are sooo not used to being indoors so long. (We didn’t flood here) The area is used to hurricanes and floods, so it’s a mess, but people know the process. Rivers seemed to have crested now – even with the 2 reservoirs having to release water. Really feel sorry for the newcomers who are stunned. Mold and mosquitoes are next if you don’t move fast enough. Molly says running sounds pretty good…RC Cat is exhausted from all the hide and seek games. Sooo, if you’d like to take her place as prey for a bit? HA HA Thanks for docking to chat for a while

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  17. Chez Shea / Apr 26 2016 6:23 am

    Love your humorous writing, and commiserations on what looks like a terrible experience.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2016 8:54 am

      Not fun, but it is the coastal plains and hurricane country so we know the drill. People will pull together and help others – they know it could be them next time. The trick is to get as much done as soon as possible before the mosquitoes hatch out. Would be nice to relocate the mosquitoes. Lots of people would gladly chip in for that. Thanks for floating by to chat

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  18. Margaret Lynette Sharp / Apr 27 2016 9:31 pm

    Lovely photos to compliment an interesting post!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2016 8:05 am

      We are really getting tired of all the rain. The rivers/bayous are back in their banks. Some roads damage – and more potholes, UGH! Now all that’s left is the clean-up. An keeping ahead of the mosquitoes. It’s the coastal plain. We know the drill. Thanks for floating by with a comment

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  19. Hemangini / Apr 27 2016 11:45 pm

    funny how telephone lines and networks go down the first when the rains approach with a roar.. Rain is pretty funny in itself, go out with an umbrella and there won’t be any rain, go out without one and you will find a storm… Great comments on the pictures, fun lifts ones spirits up 🙂 thanks

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2016 8:31 am

      This is hurricane country and we’re pretty good at dealing with it – a reason there is so little loss of life. Spring floods aren’t that uncommon – except the people who have just moved in freak out over it and the new media love to broadcast the mess. We rarely have networks go down – power outages cause by falling trees/limbs can be an issue, but when water gets this high, they will cut power sometimes to flooded neighborhoods to prevent electrical sparks starting fires. Inspectors have to clear places for it to be restored. Might as well laugh sometimes. Thanks for floating a comment to this comment dock

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  20. jmmcdowell / Apr 28 2016 11:43 am

    You’ve done a great job of keeping up spirits and optimism despite the deluge. Here’s hoping life returns to normal before too long!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2016 12:26 pm

      It would sure help if the jet stream would stop sagging bringing more rain and storms – wait! Then it’ll get really really hot. Nevermind. Seriously things are getting sort of back to normal-ish with most rivers, streams, and bayous are back in their banks and animals safely in pastures or high ground. We did lose a treasured old buffalo from stress as waters rose in Bear Creek Park when the Corps was forced to open one of the earthen dams spillways up a bit. County park people were there and had a platform for her to stand on with them, but she kept panicking so badly they finally had to swim/tow her out to a trailer and take her to A&M vets, but it was just too much. Many very sad. Meanwhile here on the gulf coast, we know the drill and are in process. Lots of construction jobs around! Thanks for paddling in with an encouraging comment

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  21. Cynthia Reyes / May 1 2016 12:46 pm

    You clever person, you. Are you anywhere near the flooding? So scary.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2016 4:23 pm

      It’s flat here. If it rains long enough in any place around, it’s gonna flood. Having grown up here, we actually have/do look at recent and current flood waters when considering houses. I recognized some of those neighborhoods in the pictures, but we are located south of the city and near Clear Lake on high-ish ground. Being this close to the lake means water drains rapidly to lake, then bay, then gulf without any slowdowns. Still anyone would have to be nuts not to carry flood insurance if living on the gulf coast.It’s hurricane season, and when we have these el nino weather patterns, Spring always brings too much rain. We soon will have webbed feet – but the plants are really green this year. Thanks for floating over to chat a bit

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