Hurricane Ike – Katy, TX update 10:50 a.m. 9/14/08

I am sorry I was unable to update as I was out of power and my laptop was dead. My neighbor with a generator was kind enough to let me recharge last night.

We did take a drive through Katy yesterday and in my excitement, I neglected to bring my camera so no photos to bring you yet. However, it is pretty calm here. As you drive the major thoroughfares, you will see a lot of downed trees (mostly crepe myrtles and oleanders) and broken limbs on the larger oaks in our area. Fences have suffered, too. Rooftops look pretty good but there are shingles on the ground so some will have to deal with that issue. My friend who lives in Canyon Gate off of Mason has major roof and water damage as well as losing a lot of her fence and a tree. I gave her four roofing companies to call and they only one she could reach already had 16 clients ahead of her. I would assume that the wind sheers were stronger there than in Grand Lakes as we only lost a few shingles, one small tree and my gutter fell off the house.

Power is being restored to the area on a confusing rotation but we in the northeast quadrant of Grand Lakes are still sweating it out. Street lights are hanging on their sides and blinking but traffic seems to be moving. Last night Azzerelli’s Italian restaurant was open for business on Westheimer Parkway and Peek so if you are without power and tired of eating food out of a can, you may wish to go there. Grocery stores were open yesterday but had no ice. I hope that changes if we do not get power today. Katy ISD has released the word that there is no school tomorrow. If I find out anything further, I will post it here.

All in all, yes, Katy was very lucky. Our location on the calm side of the eye at landfall was a blessing. I am so sad to see the devastation of Galveston. If you never visited this charming seaside city before the storm, you just could not appreciate what we have lost.

As a Realtor, I feel terrible for my Galveston compatriots who are effectively out of business at this time, as are all other business owners in the area – especially those tied directly to tourism. 

My land-line is working (cell is dead) but if anyone needs help locating a loved one in my area, just let me know and I will follow up on it and not publish the number on the post. Take care and I am signing off for a while to conserve precious battery life. It is funny how the little things become so important during times like these.

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3 Responses to Hurricane Ike – Katy, TX update 10:50 a.m. 9/14/08

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks so much for the update! We live on the North side of I-10 by Mayde Creek Elementary (Cullen Park) and am wondering if you’ve heard if the houses are flooded over there. I’ve heard there is flooding going into the subdivisions (Westlake and Westlake Forest) but not sure if thre is flooding in houses?? I am in San Antonio and don’t plan on returning unti we get power. A neighbor about 1 mile away says they still don’t have it…but I’m sure that has to do with the flooding of streets in our area there. Just wondering…thanks so much for your blog.

  2. christiborden says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I do not have information about the North Katy areas specifically but luckily, our area only received less than 3 inches of rain during the storm so I do not anticipate wide spread flooding in Katy, Now The Woodlands received 3 and 4 times the amount and other areas of Houston are facing flooding but out west, we are still pretty much high and dry.

    If anyone out there can contribute and answer these specific questions, I would welcome your contribution. Take care and thank you again for visiting.

  3. terri says:

    Hi, do you have any information on sage trail katy . Im in england theres no information on news now . thank you

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