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Reply #30 posted 09/10/17 4:44pm

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From Dictionary.com:

"coonass: [koon-as]

noun, Vulgar Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
1. (chiefly in Louisiana and southeast Texas) a Cajun.

Usage note
This vulgar slang term is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting. It is most likely not connected with the derogatory use of coon to refer to a black person."

http://www.dictionary.com...se/coonass

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"Coonass, or Coon-ass is used in reference to a person of Cajun ethnicity. Many consider the term a severe racial insult. Although many Cajuns use the word in regard to themselves, other Cajuns view the term as an ethnic slur against the Cajun people, especially when used by non-Cajuns."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coonass

I don't see the words "badge of honor" in the definition anywhere.

As a non-cajun, I'm not personally offended, but the hypocrisy is palpable.
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Some Texas GOP didn't vote for the funds. wow. They are toast. A progressive is trying to unseat Cruz.

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Reply #32 posted 09/21/17 9:07am

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Not sure if anyone wants to update the title of this thread but I can assure you that "45 + Houston" is NOT all good.

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Reply #33 posted 09/21/17 9:09am

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RodeoSchro said:



Yes, it is. There are more than a dozen Superfund sites that flooded. But the extent of the damage isn't known yet.

Much of west Houston is still under water. My friend that lives just outside Beltway 8, off Wilcrest Drive, still has 4 feet of water in his house. Luckily, the FBI has boats loaded with armed agents, keeping what's left of their homes safe. Everyone that lives in that neighborhood has lost everything that was on their first floor. And I mean EVERYTHING.


Ugh. I cannot even imagine. My Houston friends had minor flooding, thank God - but I cannot believe what I am seeing on TV. neutral






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It turns out there is no such thing as "minor" flooding. I'll explain later.

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UPDATE - It's been almost three weeks now. Here is our status:

We only got an inch or two of water in our house. But that was more than enough to devastate the first floor. Water gets under the baseboards, which means it gets into sheetrock and, if present, insulation. This water creates mold, and mold moves. If you don't get rid of everything that has mold on it, you will always have mold in your home.

This means that we had to take off every bit of baseboard we have. And we have a LOT. Our house is 4,000 square feet, so the first floor is 2,000 square feet. When you add in all the interior walls, fireplace, cabinets, etc. man, I am here to tell you - that is a LOT of baseboards!

Oh, and of course all our floors are toast. The wood floors and the carpeting were the first thing to go. More on that in a second.

So good ol' RodeoSchro set out to remove all baseboards, and sheetrock up to 1 foot or two feet, depending on location. We had a company called ServPro come out and check for moisture and luckily, there was nothing wet above 1 foot or so. But keep in mind that no matter how "low" the moisture is, you have to remove ALL your baseboards. That's a lot of work and if you can't save your baseboards, that's a lot of money.

Removing the sheetrock went OK. The only bad part was finding four baby rats behind the sheetrock in a corner of my garage. You should have heard me scream! Sadly, I did not sound like Arnold or Stallone. I hit a note so high that I'm sure Prince was nodding in admiration up there in Heaven, LOL. I was able to get some yard workers over ASAP and I gave them $20 to get rid of the little rodents. Then I gave them another $20 to finish the remaining sheetrock, in case Momma Rat or some rat relatives were around. Thank goodness they weren't! Of all the money I've spent in this so far, that was the best $40!

We walled off the upstairs hallway in plastic sheeting in order to keep dust out of the second floor. Now, the second floor is basically our whole home.

I never get mad at this. We were so lucky in that because of the small level of water, we didn't lose anything except carpet and flooring. All of our furniture is OK, even the piano (I took that as a sign that I need to learn how to play it!). We didn't lose any clothes or anything else in our closets. We haven't lost any cabinets, nor will we lose the wainscoating in the dining room. Believe me, I have neighbors who lost everything on the first floor - expensive built-in cabinets; clothes; stereo systems. And insurance doesn't pay anything near replacement value. Heck, I have friends in other parts of Houston that had 4 feet to 8 fet of water in their homes - for days. They lost everything. So I am not bellyaching. We're lucky, as far as I'm concerned.

That said, our little street looks like a bomb went off! We live in an 8-house cul-de-sac. Seven of the homes got water. One guy paid someone $1,000 to haul off his trash but the rest of us are waiting on the city of Houston, or FEMA, or someone to come get ours. So far, all we get from the government is "We're coming". I understand there is a GIANT list of people whose homes got it worse than ours, so I'm being patient.

Speaking of trash, we drove by the old Walmart location south of us in Dickinson. Dickinson is where my friend died in the flood. He was wheelchair-bound, and the water rose too fast. I've heard some people tried to save him but couldn't. I've been gutted about this for the past three weeks and I doubt I'll ever fully get over it.

Anyway, the old Walmart parking lot was filled this way: 1/3 of it covered with refrigerators and other flooded appliances; and 2/3 filled with a 15-foot high pile of debris. It's incredible and yet I know that's only a small part of the wreckage. Someone told me this morning that there's so much debris that it could fill our NFL stadium 60 to 90 times over. I believe it.

For us, we are now in the drying process. We've got 15 commercial fans blowing air all over, in order to dry out the studs. I still have to deal with my tub and shower. They are attached to the front wall of the house and you can't get behind them unless you take them out. And if they come out, they aren't going back in. I don't want to lose them and luckily, one neighbor told me how they had the same situation and used a brick mason to take out bricks from the outside of the home. Then he cut through the drywall and got at the wet insulation that way. Hopefully we can do that too.

This sounds like a lot, doesn't it? Well keep in mind that I am one of the lucky ones. What I'm dealing with pales in comparison to what thousands of others have to deal with. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Reply #35 posted 09/21/17 9:58am

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Not sure if anyone wants to update the title of this thread but I can assure you that "45 + Houston" is NOT all good.

It's a hangover from jimmy's thread that blew away along with jimmy, thankfully.

Thank you for the update Rodeo. Was wondering. So much of what you are saying/doing flashes me back to Katrina. I walked my dog around the neighborhood in a trance, holding my nose from all the full refrigerators on the curb after 6 weeks, trash piled 20 ft high, yuk. But still, it was progress,

Devastating to learn how your friend died. Prayers. rose





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Reply #36 posted 09/21/17 10:49am

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poppys said:

RodeoSchro said:

Not sure if anyone wants to update the title of this thread but I can assure you that "45 + Houston" is NOT all good.

It's a hangover from jimmy's thread that blew away along with jimmy, thankfully.

Thank you for the update Rodeo. Was wondering. So much of what you are saying/doing flashes me back to Katrina. I walked my dog around the neighborhood in a trance, holding my nose from all the full refrigerators on the curb after 6 weeks, trash piled 20 ft high, yuk. But still, it was progress,

Devastating to learn how your friend died. Prayers. rose







I guess jimmy's gone?

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Reply #37 posted 09/21/17 11:42am

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poppys said:

It's a hangover from jimmy's thread that blew away along with jimmy, thankfully.

Thank you for the update Rodeo. Was wondering. So much of what you are saying/doing flashes me back to Katrina. I walked my dog around the neighborhood in a trance, holding my nose from all the full refrigerators on the curb after 6 weeks, trash piled 20 ft high, yuk. But still, it was progress,

Devastating to learn how your friend died. Prayers. rose


I guess jimmy's gone?

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Reply #38 posted 09/27/17 7:04am

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Still not "all good". In fact, far from it. But I'm getting my trash pile picked up this weekend! Of course, I have to pay for it out of my pocket, but at least it will be gone.

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Reply #39 posted 09/27/17 8:20am

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Worry now about Puerto Rico.

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Reply #40 posted 09/27/17 8:34am

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Worried about everybody. Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico. None of us is in good shape.

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Reply #41 posted 09/28/17 5:04am

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2freaky4church1 said:

Worry now about Puerto Rico.


Yes it's sad what the people there are going through, the heat, lack of water. food, medicine, basic supplies, and no electricity. I'm sure those who live up in the countryside have it even harder. So sad. I'm hearing there is a lack of organization with volunteers walking around not knowing who is in control there, and needed supplies stuck at the ports. They need to get General Honore' (sp) or someone with his leadership to go down there and get things in order. He did great in New Orleans with the Hurricane Katrina situation.


***Update**: Just heard Trump is suspending the Jones act for now, so that supplies can get to the people of Puert Rico. Question is, why did it take him so long to do it?
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Reply #42 posted 09/28/17 9:14am

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2freaky4church1 said:

Worry now about Puerto Rico.

Yes it's sad what the people there are going through, the heat, lack of water. food, medicine, basic supplies, and no electricity. I'm sure those who live up in the countryside have it even harder. So sad. I'm hearing there is a lack of organization with volunteers walking around not knowing who is in control there, and needed supplies stuck at the ports. They need to get General Honore' (sp) or someone with his leadership to go down there and get things in order. He did great in New Orleans with the Hurricane Katrina situation. ***Update**: Just heard Trump is suspending the Jones act for now, so that supplies can get to the people of Puert Rico. Question is, why did it take him so long to do it?

Wow, kismet. General Honore clip on the local news as I was reading your post! He was very critical, said something about a SOB riding around in Air Force 1 not caring about poor people needing help. The situation in PR is so bad - I'm in denial of even talking about it because it bothers me so much. Trump's comment about PR being an island (imagine that) out in the ocean, (actually it's the Caribbean Sea, dude) - I just want to *bleep* him.

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Reply #43 posted 09/28/17 10:46am

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The City of Houston - NOT the federal government - showed up today on my street with four giant dump trucks and took away all our debris! Thank you, Mayor Turner and Council Member Martin!

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Reply #44 posted 09/28/17 11:00am

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The City of Houston - NOT the federal government - showed up today on my street with four giant dump trucks and took away all our debris! Thank you, Mayor Turner and Council Member Martin!

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The City of Houston - NOT the federal government - showed up today on my street with four giant dump trucks and took away all our debris! Thank you, Mayor Turner and Council Member Martin!

why would the federal government do that? and are you saying that the city workers were not being paid by funds given to the city from the Federal government for disaster relief?



*which reminded me of when I tried to refi my house....it was delayed first by a new computer program and then some new law but then because part of my country was in a disaster area due to some tornadoes. I was so annoyed but then I drove through the area and then I spent the good part of a weekend helping to clean up... .helloperspectivee.




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Reply #46 posted 09/28/17 11:49am

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If you had anarchism it would already be ok.

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Reply #47 posted 09/28/17 12:39pm

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OnlyNDaUsa said:

RodeoSchro said:

The City of Houston - NOT the federal government - showed up today on my street with four giant dump trucks and took away all our debris! Thank you, Mayor Turner and Council Member Martin!

why would the federal government do that? and are you saying that the city workers were not being paid by funds given to the city from the Federal government for disaster relief?



*which reminded me of when I tried to refi my house....it was delayed first by a new computer program and then some new law but then because part of my country was in a disaster area due to some tornadoes. I was so annoyed but then I drove through the area and then I spent the good part of a weekend helping to clean up... .helloperspectivee.






Because the OP (dear, departed jimmy3121) created the thread to tell us what a great job our president is doing, fixing everything in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. I'm just keeping in the spirit of the original thread.

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Reply #48 posted 09/28/17 12:41pm

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RodeoSchro said:

OnlyNDaUsa said:

why would the federal government do that? and are you saying that the city workers were not being paid by funds given to the city from the Federal government for disaster relief?



*which reminded me of when I tried to refi my house....it was delayed first by a new computer program and then some new law but then because part of my country was in a disaster area due to some tornadoes. I was so annoyed but then I drove through the area and then I spent the good part of a weekend helping to clean up... .helloperspectivee.






Because the OP (dear, departed jimmy3121) created the thread to tell us what a great job our president is doing, fixing everything in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. I'm just keeping in the spirit of the original thread.

oh yeah... but the same thing can be said, if Trump helped get the area federal money then that is a good thing for Houston.

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Reply #50 posted 09/28/17 12:57pm

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OnlyNDaUsa said:

RodeoSchro said:



Because the OP (dear, departed jimmy3121) created the thread to tell us what a great job our president is doing, fixing everything in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. I'm just keeping in the spirit of the original thread.

oh yeah... but the same thing can be said, if Trump helped get the area federal money then that is a good thing for Houston.



As far as I know, he hasn't. We certainly face a huge fiscal shortfall here. Currently, our mayor is in a fight with our idiot governor over state support. Texas has a $10 billion rainy day fund and if a Category 4 hurricane that dropped 50 inches of rain and flooded out tens of thousands of people isn't a "rainy day", I don''t know what is.

Our idiot governor says "Houston has $$$millions, it doesn't need state money!" but he is wrong. He's referring to insurance proceeds, and we are still waaaaay short on clean-up and rebuilding funds, even with insurance. Here, this editorial piece sums up the insane positions of our idiot governor and our idiot lieutenant governor (both allegedly Houstonians!):

http://www.houstonchronic...235954.php


"FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD"

A grandstanding Texas governor tempts us to appropriate that bluntly succinct headline from the New York Daily News, circa 1975. Then, it was President Gerald Ford refusing to authorize federal loans to New York City as it teetered on the edge of bankruptcy. Now, it's Gov. Greg Abbott refusing to tap into the state's so-called Rainy Day Fund to help Houston pay for damage from Hurricane Harvey or to call a special session of the Legislature to authorize its use and to vote on other recovery measures that require state approval.

...<snip>


The governor, a Houstonian himself, might think different were he to drive down residential streets still lined with debris that's rapidly becoming a health hazard. If he were to talk to thousands of residents whose homes have been damaged or destroyed, who are still needing a place to live. If he heard from Houston business owners still unable to reopen.


In a letter Turner wrote to Abbott earlier this week, he noted that using part of the $10 billion-plus Rainy Day Fund, the largest emergency fund of any state in the U.S., "is appropriate for (the) response to a natural disaster such as Harvey that wreaked significant damage and caused local governments to incur unanticipated costs far beyond their budgets." The mayor also pointed out that without assistance from the state fund, the city will be forced to increase its property tax rate on a temporary, emergency basis. Houston has some $100 million in insurance money and dire needs that are twice that.


The governor rejected Turner's request. He and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, another Houstonian, have said the mayor can use funds held by Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones for Harvey cleanup and recovery efforts. They're mistaken. TIRZ bond funds are legally restricted to the use for which they were issued.


The governor has said the mayor's request is unprecedented. Again, he's mistaken. In 2013, the Legislature tapped into the Rainy Day Fund to help the Bastrop area recover from devastating wildfires. Bastrop County residents will tell you those fires were bad, but they didn't cause damage expected to top $150 billion. That's the toll Harvey wrought.


The governor has said the state has given Houston money. Again, he's mistaken. The money that's come our way is FEMA money destined for Houston and passed through the state, which keeps more than 3 percent for administrative costs. No state money has been allocated to the city for Harvey recovery.

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Reply #51 posted 09/28/17 2:04pm

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poppys said:



2elijah said:


2freaky4church1 said:

Worry now about Puerto Rico.



Yes it's sad what the people there are going through, the heat, lack of water. food, medicine, basic supplies, and no electricity. I'm sure those who live up in the countryside have it even harder. So sad. I'm hearing there is a lack of organization with volunteers walking around not knowing who is in control there, and needed supplies stuck at the ports. They need to get General Honore' (sp) or someone with his leadership to go down there and get things in order. He did great in New Orleans with the Hurricane Katrina situation. ***Update**: Just heard Trump is suspending the Jones act for now, so that supplies can get to the people of Puert Rico. Question is, why did it take him so long to do it?

Wow, kismet. General Honore clip on the local news as I was reading your post! He was very critical, said something about a SOB riding around in Air Force 1 not caring about poor people needing help. The situation in PR is so bad - I'm in denial of even talking about it because it bothers me so much. Trump's comment about PR being an island (imagine that) out in the ocean, (actually it's the Caribbean Sea, dude) - I just want to *bleep* him.


Lol! I will always remember General Honore' when he told those guys to get the guns off the people. Also, yes, trump's comment about PR only shows his ignorance. He waited almost a week to get that Jones act waived for PR. I thought it was great when PR helped the USVI, when they got hit with a category 5 hurricane, and I'm sure many in the USVI reached out to their neighbor, Puerto Rico, as best they could, considering they also experienced the same devastation.
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Reply #52 posted 09/28/17 5:21pm

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Wow, kismet. General Honore clip on the local news as I was reading your post! He was very critical, said something about a SOB riding around in Air Force 1 not caring about poor people needing help. The situation in PR is so bad - I'm in denial of even talking about it because it bothers me so much. Trump's comment about PR being an island (imagine that) out in the ocean, (actually it's the Caribbean Sea, dude) - I just want to *bleep* him.

Lol! I will always remember General Honore' when he told those guys to get the guns off the people. Also, yes, trump's comment about PR only shows his ignorance. He waited almost a week to get that Jones act waived for PR. I thought it was great when PR helped the USVI, when they got hit with a category 5 hurricane, and I'm sure many in the USVI reached out to their neighbor, Puerto Rico, as best they could, considering they also experienced the same devastation.

Yes, and the immortal "Stuck on Stupid" from the Katrina debacle.

People with boats are making as many trips as possible to help evacuate. Saw they were taking people to St Lucia to fly out from there.

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Reply #53 posted 09/29/17 3:47am

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2elijah said:


poppys said:


Wow, kismet. General Honore clip on the local news as I was reading your post! He was very critical, said something about a SOB riding around in Air Force 1 not caring about poor people needing help. The situation in PR is so bad - I'm in denial of even talking about it because it bothers me so much. Trump's comment about PR being an island (imagine that) out in the ocean, (actually it's the Caribbean Sea, dude) - I just want to *bleep* him.



Lol! I will always remember General Honore' when he told those guys to get the guns off the people. Also, yes, trump's comment about PR only shows his ignorance. He waited almost a week to get that Jones act waived for PR. I thought it was great when PR helped the USVI, when they got hit with a category 5 hurricane, and I'm sure many in the USVI reached out to their neighbor, Puerto Rico, as best they could, considering they also experienced the same devastation.

Yes, and the immortal "Stuck on Stupid" from the Katrina debacle.

People with boats are making as many trips as possible to help evacuate. Saw they were taking people to St Lucia to fly out from there.


Great that other islands are helping out Puerto Rico, so many have no home to go back to. I think we will see many islanders moving to the mainland in the coming years, in fear of another hurricane like Irma and Maria hitting those islands again.

So many natural disasters in such a short period of time. In late August, Sierra Leone experienced a mudslide, which ended up killing 500 people, and got little if any coverage at all from our media. Then a few weeks later hurricanes hit the Caribbean, then our mainland, then the Caribbean again, and then there was the earthquake in Mexico. Past month and a half of natural disasters that caused so much destruction for so many.
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2elijah said:

poppys said: Lol! I will always remember General Honore' when he told those guys to get the guns off the people. Also, yes, trump's comment about PR only shows his ignorance. He waited almost a week to get that Jones act waived for PR. I thought it was great when PR helped the USVI, when they got hit with a category 5 hurricane, and I'm sure many in the USVI reached out to their neighbor, Puerto Rico, as best they could, considering they also experienced the same devastation.

Yes, and the immortal "Stuck on Stupid" from the Katrina debacle.

People with boats are making as many trips as possible to help evacuate. Saw they were taking people to St Lucia to fly out from there.

what I remember from Katrina is Bush sent helicopters to save people and they were taken to places the CITY designated and then they were stuck there because the city had no plan to get them from point B to safety.

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Reply #55 posted 09/29/17 8:24am

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poppys said:

Yes, and the immortal "Stuck on Stupid" from the Katrina debacle.

People with boats are making as many trips as possible to help evacuate. Saw they were taking people to St Lucia to fly out from there.

Great that other islands are helping out Puerto Rico, so many have no home to go back to. I think we will see many islanders moving to the mainland in the coming years, in fear of another hurricane like Irma and Maria hitting those islands again. So many natural disasters in such a short period of time. In late August, Sierra Leone experienced a mudslide, which ended up killing 500 people, and got little if any coverage at all from our media. Then a few weeks later hurricanes hit the Caribbean, then our mainland, then the Caribbean again, and then there was the earthquake in Mexico. Past month and a half of natural disasters that caused so much destruction for so many. [Edited 9/29/17 4:02am]

Yes, many will come but they will need to get further from Florida and the Gulf to avoid hurricanes. We see so many that stayed in Houston after Katrina lose everything again this year. Seriously considering moving in the next few years. Really can't afford to lose that much again if I can help it.

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2elijah said:


poppys said:


Yes, and the immortal "Stuck on Stupid" from the Katrina debacle.

People with boats are making as many trips as possible to help evacuate. Saw they were taking people to St Lucia to fly out from there.



Great that other islands are helping out Puerto Rico, so many have no home to go back to. I think we will see many islanders moving to the mainland in the coming years, in fear of another hurricane like Irma and Maria hitting those islands again. So many natural disasters in such a short period of time. In late August, Sierra Leone experienced a mudslide, which ended up killing 500 people, and got little if any coverage at all from our media. Then a few weeks later hurricanes hit the Caribbean, then our mainland, then the Caribbean again, and then there was the earthquake in Mexico. Past month and a half of natural disasters that caused so much destruction for so many. [Edited 9/29/17 4:02am]

Yes, many will come but they will need to get further from Florida and the Gulf to avoid hurricanes. We see so many that stayed in Houston after Katrina lose everything again this year. Seriously considering moving in the next few years. Really can't afford to lose that much again if I can help it.


I think more people will be moving to the East Coast in the next few years.
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Reply #57 posted 09/29/17 2:50pm

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Thankfully, our governor has reversed his stance and now the state is helping us:

http://www.chron.com/news...=happening

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday said he would withdraw a proposed property tax rate hike after Gov. Greg Abbott handed him a check for $50 million to help fund the city's recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

Ultimately, Abbott said he would draw upon a disaster fund within the discretion of his office, producing the $50 million amount Turner had intended to collect from residents' property taxes.

The mayor initially had announced a one-year, 8.9 percent tax rate hike, aimed at producing about $110 million next year, then cut that proposal roughly in half when federal officials agreed to increase their contribution to the Harvey recovery.

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Wait... just popping in here since I was a Houstonian since 1969... but what happened to jimmy3121? Was that what the name was?
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