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August 29, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Looking for a sign

Looking through black wrought iron fence at flood water (and boat) IMAGE ©ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted NO permissions granted

Not sitting on the fence: still raining Tues afternoon. Look the boat is still alive!(Image ©)

Have you heard the one about the Romanian truck driver looking for a sign?

Big, young, resourceful Romania guy comes to US and gets job as truck driver.

Driving near Houston in the rain until…what? Cars stopping at little water in road? Oh well, do as the natives. Park. Take nap until water gone.

Hours pass and water rises to door of  18 wheeler. Maybe try to get out and wander over to some buildings

Hurricane Harvey’s swift flood waters proved more of a challenge than expected. Luckily he grabbed the stout legs of a tall sign and wrapped himself around it…for over 24 hours.

“Hold on! I’ll call for help,” said the business man who heard his desperate calls while checking on his building.

“Hold on! Our truck is too small, but will put out a call over the air and social media,”called the news team that showed up.

“Hold on! We’ll figure something out,” called the light and power linemen on the GIANT construction vehicle that was still not able to get through the deep flood waters.

“Hold on! It’s the dangerous strong wind gusts and that mess of power lines all over you. We’ll try to get closer,” said the National Guardsman dangling from the Blackhawk helicopter. “Noooo, don’t let go.”

“We’re coming, “said some ordinary guys who showed up with a sturdy boat.”We saw you on TV and came to help.”

And they did. Moral of the story: If you see a sign, grab it and hold on.

Bet when he stepped into the driver’s seat that morning the Romanian truck driver never thought he’d end up on TV.

Maybe he’ll get calls to be on a talk show. In any case he’s got plenty to write home about and bunch of new friends.

One story out of thousands.

It’s been another long day of really strong winds and driving rain here, but Harvey seems to be hearing the call of the Lake Charles casino and is moving out. We may get sun tomorrow.

A large herd of the Kingwood deer were spotted in the trees of a dry spot getting ready to bed down for the night.

The ones who opened the pasture gates to allow cattle to swim to higher ground are now gathering them back up and giving the exhausted animals hay and feed.

Vets, humane societies, rescue groups, and anyone with a boat are collecting lost animals. You can sign a list with your address and give permission to break a window if necessary to let authorities go in and get any pet you foolishly left behind. There are foster homes and shelters to care for the fur ones until their owners can collect them.

A massive regional flood beyond belief. But life goes on

With a little help from your friends. (We’ll hang out and be damp and bleary together!)

Some have already started ripping out wet carpet and sheet rock. Others know it will take weeks for their houses to empty of water.

Dallas has readied 8,000 beds and lined up schools for the kids, so military planes have been flying evacuees that were gathered over the past few days in Galveston  (From Bay City, Dickinson, small towns and communities everywhere between here and Corpus) to the land of Cowboys football. (Funny thing – the day before the storm hit, many of the sporting goods shelves were empty of coolers except a full stack of one with the Cowboy football logo) Austin is also taking in people. Even San Antonio is offering help.

Over 10,000 people are in the Houston’s GRB convention center tonight from all over the region. They are opening the Toyota basketball stadium tonight and moving families over there to try and make it a little more normal for the kids. Also they are setting up NRG football stadium for incoming evacuees (they are expecting another 10,000) There’s a play area, pharmacy, health center, and a place for family pets. Shortly people will be transitioned into more suitable housing near their own neighborhoods so the kids can go to school (which leaves time for their parents to fill out forms and get organized.) People need to be close to where they call home – we learned that from Ike and Katrina.

Meanwhile restaurants and commercial kitchens are cooking and delivering meals to the shelters. Bedding, clothing, pet supplies, canned foods – the donations have poured in from citizens – not organizations.

Do not get me started on the under whelming response by the Red Cross (the big organization, not the local volunteers) or FEMA – despite the head’s up and requests ahead of the storm…the usual performance by them – we’ve seen it before. (I said don’t get me started – I have stories…)

A couple of major airlines stepped up and are picking up the supplies FEMA and the Red Cross have, but can’t seem to figure out how to get here. The commercial airlines say they can’t fly passengers out of the airports right now, but they can and will assist in the relief efforts by moving supplies.

As Houston’s mayor and the County Judge say, We’re busy taking care of people ourselves now. We’ll do performance evaluations of some later.

If you want to help, donate to the Salvation Army who quickly get relief to those who need it (and specify Hurricane Harvey) or work with Texans’ JJ Watt 

We watch the level of the lake a few blocks from us since a good portion of that water from Houston and up-stream has to flow through here. As long as the lake continues to drain well into the bay and then the Gulf, we’ll be fine.

Always gotta watch out for those first of school hurricanes.

And the looters who started Sunday. Cops pursuing during downpours. Armed robbery of stores. Multiple arrests of these despicable people. Another group this afternoon in areas that didn’t flood impersonating uniformed police ands officials robbing and stealing after they tell the residents it is a mandated evacuation.

Better to go over and watch the deer or the dear ones trying to help others. A big cheer for the National Guard, the Coast Guard, the first responders, and all those people that came from, everywhere with all sorts of water craft to aid and rescue.

Can’t wait to see how Houston reinvents itself once again.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

(My, it’s been a long week…what only Tuesday? Oy vey – must be a sign I need a nap.)




  1. petspeopleandlife / Aug 29 2017 9:51 pm

    Glad you are still in your home and apparently doing well. You are fortunate. A blogger that I have followed for a very long time lives in Clear Lake. She also remained in place and has power. I hope conditions continue to do well for all of you in that area.

    Linda’s blog address is below if you want to check her out. She has two blogs but I can’t spell the other one right now. She puts her photographs on the other one. She mentioned the deer in her other blog today.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2017 6:19 am

      It’s a small world. Actually Shoreacres and I live on opposite sides of the marina. That amazing deer photo! A different herd, though, as the Kingwood deer live in “The Livable Forest” planned community in far north Houston some 100 miles away. The NASA herd are much smaller (but sooo pampered and they shelter on the NASA grounds on porches/garages of buildings. One good thing about the flooding is that the deer and animals can easily get out instead of being faced with tall bulkheads.
      Today will be picking storm debris up and seeing who needs help with that on their property. Houses flooded close by…watching for snakes! Thanks for swimming along

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      • petspeopleandlife / Aug 30 2017 2:12 pm

        I have yet to find a deer photo on your blog or either one of Linda’s blog. I knew about the deer because she mentioned it a comment to me or another commenter.

        I’m so glad that the weather has improved for the better. Sakes and snakes alive. The creatures give me the willies. Hope you don’t need to worry about alligators near where you live.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2017 3:13 pm

          Oh shoot – I figured she had that image up already – it’s coming. (and amazing) Still off and on sun. Evacuations still ongoing. Port Arthur and around to Louisiana is getting the floods and damage now…nursing home evacuees in boats. This storm damage will go from Corpus Christi to close to NOLA. Like someone said, unless you see it first hand, it’s hard to comprehend just how bad it is.
          Alligators? – All the Gulf Coast is gator country – they were here first and are protected…sometimes they end up in swimming pools or porches around here (as seen in multiple previous posts) They have nice smiles. Every place has its’wonders. (Don’t tell Linda I spilled the beans!)

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        • petspeopleandlife / Aug 30 2017 3:58 pm

          Oh I won’t tell Linda but, if I did she’d laugh about it. She is so kind and has a loving heart. Did you know Linda prior to me mentioning her?

          Well I figured there were gators but hoping that none came out of the bayou but I am joking here. They do roam around looking for a pet to eat. I’d rather not hear about any stories of that, though. In my area you have to keep your pets safe from coyotes, large raptors, bob cats and evil people.

          I’ve been seeing the news and videos on FB of the flood. There are no words to describe the scope of it and the aftermath. I feel for all the folks whose lives were up-ended. I don’t see how Houston and other places, can recoup.


  2. PiedType / Aug 29 2017 10:04 pm

    Relieved to hear from you. I was starting to worry (I do that better than anybody I know). Lots of relief efforts gearing up here. Many first responders have already headed your way. Thrilled to see all the pets being rescued. I still remember Katrina and all the people who were traumatized because they were forced to leave pets behind. Crossing my fingers that you’ll finally see some sunshine tomorrow.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2017 6:29 am

      I did a little checking on areas in Richmond area – some more evacuations as the water drains/dam releases. Maybe you’ve heard from that blogger? The a kinda checking in on each other. West Houston actually had sun yesterday. It was still raining here last night, and east of us at least one shelter in Port Arthur started flooding as the storm moved by. Houston is lucky to have County Judge Emmett who has a lot of logistics experience, worked with multiple presidents, don’t let bureaucrats and red tape stop things, and is quick thinking enough to figure out good solutions. The Houston mayor has done a good job, And the team and mayor that pulled things together for evacuees after Katrina are still here and stepped right in to help. Ft. Worth immediately sent over 100 police to help keep order – sadly looters show up during the crisis now – which is why so many do not want to leave their homes. A tiny bit of blue peeking out between the clouds now.
      If you see a sign, grab it and hang on.
      Thanks for treading water and tossing over a comment


  3. easyweimaraner / Aug 29 2017 11:40 pm

    yay for this guys who just came to help instead to ponder about a solution… I always remember what a blogger once said: if your heart breaks with seeing the horror, look at the helpers to find courage back…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2017 6:47 am

      Hard times brings out the good – and you realize people can get along, be kind, and work together if they want. A good wash can clean things up. How about giving a fresh start on things? Sounds possible – and everything is. Thanks for dog paddling a comment to dock here (Molly is dancing and wants to go see if it’s true there is sun outside) 🙂


  4. Anne Mehrling / Aug 30 2017 1:42 am

    Thanks for letting us know what is going on. I’m so glad you are OK so far.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2017 6:49 am

      What a game changing event. Funny how terrible times end up bringing so much good out of people. There’s hope for humans! HAHA Molly spotted a glimmer of sun outside and we’re off to investigate. Thanks for wading over with a comment

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  5. Carrie Rubin / Aug 30 2017 3:18 am

    Glad you’re okay so far. Scary stuff. The looting is tragic. Hard to believe people could be so heartless at such a time.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2017 6:55 am

      During hurricane Ike, police were chasing thieves breaking in homes during the middle of the storm. One reason people are so hesitant to leave. They know. But authorities are on it. Ft. Worth immediately sent over 100 officers in to help patrol. The mayor and County judge are very organized and decisive.
      Bad times somehow brings out good in people – showing people can work together if they choose. There’s hope for human species yet. HAHA
      Late yesterday saw some seagulls soaring without any effort across the sky. If you see a sign, grab it and hold on.
      Thanks for splashing down here to comment

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  6. Kate Crimmins / Aug 30 2017 7:10 am

    I talked about you last night (did your ears itch or something?). I have a friend who lives in Huston. She evacuated to her daughter’s house on higher ground but so far water did not enter her house. Then there is you. That’s where I get the real story. I am very pleased that everyone is working with animals this round. Katrina was so hard on pets. Sounds like you may be on the backside of it now (fingers crossed). Keep the towels by the back door. I suspect Mollie may have some mud for a few days.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2017 7:40 am

      Molly’s ears itched, too! Appreciate the thoughts. The clouds broke for a few minutes (post a pix), but at least it’s brighter and not raining. Under the surf, I mean water in the back yard (in The Favorite Spot – and no other spot works as well…) there is mud. Molly has already explored it and attempted to dig up a crawdad. Not even going to attempt cleaning the floors yet. Hope your friend is still high and dry. They hope the highest water is over.
      Thanks for wading in with a comment

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  7. The Coastal Crone / Aug 30 2017 10:28 am

    Good recap! Haven’t seen much of the Red Cross around here with food. Mostly companies providing food vans. Thanks for checking on me. We lost power so I was left with just my cell to recharge in car to stay in touch with family. Haven’t done a post yet as there as other things to take care of to get back to normal. No flooding on our high ground but many oak tree limbs down front and back. Clearing those. 82 year old sister came to stay with us. Son in Houston ok with power and no flooding. Glad you survived. So many lost so much. Good to see people pulling together. Trump in Corpus Christi yesterday but that is another story. Cheers to you, Phil!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2017 11:27 am

      Not surprised by the MIA Red Cross – they are all manning phones in big rooms raising money.
      Meanwhile, I’m worried about The city of Wharton – they have set up their own shelter, but the doctor treating people there is begging as medical supplies are low, people are running out of prescription meds, their local supplies are meager. And he asks “Where is the Red Cross supplies – beds, blankets, food, emergency medical supplies? They keep saying they can’t figure out how to get the truck to them.”
      I have an idea: pick up the phone and ask for a helicopter to fly supplies in (if TXDOT can’t give a dry route in there…roads are draining and “open to humanitarian needs” right now even if debris covered…Red Cross trucks have that cautious driving training? High profile vehicles?) IF the Red Cross is so poor they can’t pay for a helicopter, there’s military, private oil company service helicopters and even hog hunting helicopters…do some creative thinking and pick up the phone. That doc wasn’t kidding.
      Social media has proved invaluable to reconnect those lost in the rescue efforts, I can only hope someone picks up the doctor’s desperate request.
      And none of us here appreciate FEMA and the Red Cross people in their news conference scolding us like naughty children saying “This is a big event – not just this city. There are over 250 shelters”…(Dude, we live here, when did you arrive?) “And we have to shift resources to East Texas and Louisiana who is getting hit by the storm now” (Gee…maybe you can just send what you had thought about sending to Rockport and other TX coastal cities to them instead?)
      Glad you and yours are hanging in there. Glad the wine list is still good there (Galveston’s strand got water in streets from the bay last night, but restaurant owners say they will probably be open for business tomorrow. Islands drain well) Thanks for tossing a comment this way…now out to pick up more stuff that’s blown in


      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2017 1:01 pm

        A company called in TV station volunteering to pick up and transport the Red Cross medical supplies to Wharton shelter ( which is still taking in evacuees) but the Red Cross says the problem is the supply truck is “delayed”. Highway dept says roads are open and they will help humanitarian vehicles with routing…
        The phone banks are so busy collecting….


  8. RKLikesReeses / Aug 30 2017 1:41 pm

    Just some ((((((hugs))))))


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2017 6:34 pm

      Perfect and just what is needed (5 minutes ago one of the dams out west of Houston started having an “uncontrolled discharge” – it looks like water is leaking out the base…the Corp of Engineers evacuated those subdivisions this morning with people complaining. Note to newbies: never build/buy under a dam….Sigh. And the darn storm is drowning towns east of us and into Louisiana. This one’s for the books
      Tired paw waves to the Princesses and appreciate the hugs

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  9. Amy / Aug 31 2017 4:35 pm

    It seems the best and the worst come out in people during these times. Really shows people’s true colors. Glad most of the colors are yellow, not black. Heard on the radio that Houston’s dams are rate the worst in the nation…hope they all – or most of them, anyway -hold.


  10. LordBeariOfBow / Aug 31 2017 7:20 pm

    The magnitude of whats happening there has me completely stunned and wordless. I know not what to say; I’m dumbstruck



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