September 15, 2008
Katy new construction (2 story!) that has collapsed on itself and slid off the foundation 6:30 p.m. 9/15/08
- Downed trees in Katy, TX 6:00 p.m. 9/15/08
Here we are now two days past the storm that has so devastated the Houston/Galveston areas. I am writing from Katy, TX, a sprawling suburb located 20 or so miles west of the city center.
We have fared fairly well as Ike passed, leaving downed trees, missing shingles, torn fences and more important, lack of electricity in its path.
There are areas north of I-10 that have suffered worse that those South of 1-10, but the damage everywhere is very hit and miss. You can drive down one street and see nothing out of place while two blocks over, there are missing patches of roofing and debris everywhere the eye can see. So it is very hard to report exactly how each area has come through the storm. I appreciate any and all reports coming in from areas and reporting on damage and power restoration. Centerpoint is suggesting that it may take up to 4 weeks to restore all power but Mayor White is working hard to get that revised. Although I do not mind roughing it these past few days, that will be a bit much and I will be seeking refuge among my friends fortunate to be in the right power grid.
Damaged roof in Katy, TX 6:00 p.m. 9/15/08
At least a cool front has moved in and tonight will be pleasant – for those of us using mother nature as our air conditioner. It is my understanding that FEMA has been mobilized to the coastal areas first to take care of the devastation there and will be working their way to us. I you need assistance, remember to dail 311 (non-emergency) and 911(emergency).
Have a cool and comfortable night and I will recap more tonight or tomorrow morning.
September 14, 2008
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.