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Dragstews
08-25-2017, 5:17 PM
Boys and Gals .... This is a bad one..!!

In some areas of Texas three feet of rain .... Winds around 130 mph ....

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This is about to get real ....

Hurricane Harvey has strengthened to a Category 4 storm, as Texas is bracing for impact later Friday evening.

The storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph with even stronger gusts, is expected to be the worst to hit the state in nearly two decades.

Residents staying in the area frantically stocked up on food, water and gas, while others heading out of the storm's path boarded up windows and doors of their homes and businesses.

Airlines canceled flights, schools were shuttered while concerts and other planned events in Houston and coastal cities were postponed.

Even after the hurricane hits the coast, its effects will linger for days, with heavy rainfall through next week estimated to be as high as 40 inches in some areas.

"This is going to be a storm we talk about, unfortunately, for at least the next seven days," ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee said Friday on "GMA."

Hurricane Harvey will bring 'large-scale' damage; FEMA chief 'afraid' residents won't heed warning.

Here's what we know about the storm so far.

What's ahead

As of 6 p.m. local time Friday, the hurricane was 45 miles away from the coastal city of Corpus Christi, Texas, with sustained winds of about 130 mph and stronger gusts.

The National Weather Service warned Harvey could bring a potentially devastating storm surge, heavy rainfall and wind hazards to the Lone Star State's coast. A tornado watch is in effect for areas of southeastern Texas and southwest Louisiana.

Life-threatening storm surge waters could reach 6 to 12 feet above ground level. Catastrophic flooding is expected across parts of the area. And rainfall will be heavy, with an estimated 15 to 25 inches of rain falling in many areas and as high as 40 inches in some from today through Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

Here's a projected timeline for Hurricane Harvey thus far, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service:

Friday through Saturday:
Harvey is expected to roar ashore the Texas coast late Friday evening. After that, the storm's path remains uncertain but it is forecast to meander near or just inland of the middle of the Texas coast through the weekend.

Sunday through Monday:
Some forecast models show Harvey expanding across the Gulf Coast as it makes its way over southern Texas.

Tuesday through Wednesday:
The hurricane could, according to some models, move northeast and then re-emerge briefly over the Gulf of Mexico before making a second landfall in northeastern Texas or western Louisiana.

7and7is
08-25-2017, 5:41 PM
Man! I feel for those folks, my prayers go with them.

farmall
08-25-2017, 6:00 PM
This shit is why never, ever, ever build a main residence or shop in storm surge terrain, because surge is unstoppable. Also never build in an area protected by levees, because they can fail and if any pumps (New Orleans, recently) shit the bed then you lose.

Zoom this:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/213129.shtml?inundation#contents

It's going to get ugly.

For coverage it doesn't get better than government radar:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?cone

Tattooo
08-25-2017, 6:53 PM
I've got a great friend that was going to ride up next Friday on his bike from Houston, For a week of us riding in the mountains for a week but that's not going to happen now.....

Prayers are with him.......

LoudPipesSaveLives
08-26-2017, 4:27 AM
Prayers for Texas!

StuckIn1979
08-26-2017, 7:53 AM
Prayers for Texas!

Same here, prayers sent from PA.

Watching news right now, says storm has been downgraded to a 'Categoty 1'. Not sure how the category grading works, but they still got 120 mph winds, and expect up to 40 inches of rain from a very slow moving storm.

I really feel for those people, but every major storm that hits anywhere in the USA, hurricanes, tornados, floods, snowstorms,etc, always makes me wonder about something. With the current technology of storm tracking and the warnings on all types of media, why do lots of people, but not all, always wait until the very last moments to prepare for it?

Stores out of plywood, groceries, gas stations out of fuel, people interviewed say they can't even buy food, flashlites, batteries, generators, diapers, shitpaper, etc.

My twisted logic makes me think that if you live in a region prone to occasional natural disasters, why don't you try to stockpile some of those necessities during nicer weather when they are readily available and much cheaper?

I'm thinking that maybe some folks are getting immune to lots of media hyped weather predictions that fizzle out all too often. This especially seems to be the case during some of our snowstorms here in PA.

Folks I know and relatives have made fun of me in the past, calling me a "prepper", but guess who they ask for help when they are totally screwed?

Again, prayers go out to all those affected by this storm in Texas, hope they get thru it all OK.

Looks like the gas and diesel prices will rise as a result of this storm too, lots of refinerys and off-shore platforms down that way....

farmall
08-26-2017, 4:23 PM
Stores out of plywood, groceries, gas stations out of fuel, people interviewed say they can't even buy food, flashlites, batteries, generators, diapers, shitpaper, etc.

If they had enough sense to save money buying bulk in the first place they'd be prepared and comfortable, but the average citizen is a helpless drooling incompetent incontinent bewildered jabbering insane shitbag on a good day.



Folks I know and relatives have made fun of me in the past, calling me a "prepper", but guess who they ask for help when they are totally screwed?

I take care not to know people too lazy to care for themselves. When you hang with capable humans it's almost humorous when something does happen. We compare notes and treat storms like military exercises so we are better prepared for the next one.

I fucking love Waze on my smartphone. User updates cover road closures, accidents, traffic and cops. When Joaquin hit it was mostly easy to route around flooded areas. My CB radio was useful for listening to truckers. Even if cell towers go out of service, truckers and some emergency services monitor CB.

I store my spare truck and bike batteries on plastic industrial cart with charger, tender, and inverters. It's easy to look after my batteries and when there's an outage I connect inverter(s) phone charger and LED lights as needed. I have inverters in my trucks to charge flashlights, tool batteries etc when running errands. Beats running my generator for lighting. My netsurfing PC is a notebook and I hotspot off my phone if cable is down. Battery tender pigtails work both ways if you need some juice off your installed bike battery. You can get packs of the SAE standard style off Amazon with an inline blade fuse.

I leave a couple of rain barrels outdoors near my welding area in case of fire and for hand washing. I can bucket flush the shitter if power is down. If your water table is high enough to add your own driven well they are cheap and useful. I have an ordinary pitcher pump on mine and spare pump leathers in the house since they dry out.

Emergency food shouldn't need preparation or cold storage. It doesn't need to taste good either lest ye eat out of boredom.

G.I. plastic fuel cans are wonderful, and the water cans are made of the same plastic but with an inferior cap gasket. I use both for fuel because the water can top is perfect for filling small engines and motorcycles.

fBrilliant
08-27-2017, 9:31 PM
This shit got real and none of it is humorous. I have a little house in Rockport and a Beavertail flats skiff there. I live in Katy, west of Houston. I think my Rockport house and boat survived with some damage, but still there. I have seen pictures of both that my neighbor sent. Now in Houston area we are getting hammered with rain like I have never seen. The creek a few blocks away just went over the bank and there is a white water river going down our street. I have about the highest elevation in the area, lucky break, but the water is half way up the drive. My generator is fired and tested. Spare A/C window unit is tested. Spare flashlights and batteries, water, food, dogfood, etc. We have tornado warnings every hour or so.

LoudPipesSaveLives
08-28-2017, 5:37 AM
This shit got real and none of it is humorous. I have a little house in Rockport and a Beavertail flats skiff there. I live in Katy, west of Houston. I think my Rockport house and boat survived with some damage, but still there. I have seen pictures of both that my neighbor sent. Now in Houston area we are getting hammered with rain like I have never seen. The creek a few blocks away just went over the bank and there is a white water river going down our street. I have about the highest elevation in the area, lucky break, but the water is half way up the drive. My generator is fired and tested. Spare A/C window unit is tested. Spare flashlights and batteries, water, food, dogfood, etc. We have tornado warnings every hour or so.

Good luck fBrilliant!! Let us know how you're making out.

Tattooo
08-28-2017, 8:01 AM
I talked to my friend in Houston last night.... He only had 6" of water in his house...... He has never had water even close to his house and he has lived there 30 years....... He is very lucky so far...... Much better than 1000s of other people......

fBrilliant
08-28-2017, 11:00 AM
We had water running down our chimney last night and this morning. Hard rain and wind was blowing it in. Then the creek a couple blocks away went over the banks that are about 20 feet high. Looked like a white water rafting trip down my street. Water rose almost halfway up my drive and front walk. I live on a corner, so it was like a confluence. Otherwise, good here.

farmall
08-28-2017, 2:03 PM
Interesting links:

Real time info on water and rain levels:
https://www.harriscountyfws.org/

National Weather Service Houston:
http://www.weather.gov/hgx/

Other WX Related:
https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/southern-texas/weather-radar-interactive

Storm Visualization:
https://www.windy.com/

Houston Transtar - road cameras:
http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/layers/#

Houston Police Scanner Feed:
https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/14514/web

Harris County Sheriff and Constables Dispatch
http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/26318/web

Liberty County
http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/2668/web

Galveston County
http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/2606/web

Live: HURRICANE HARVEY SLAMS TEXAS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Acap3IrCYYk

KHOU 11 Live Stream – Alternate Studio Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWwqIO_4VNw

Hurricane Harvey Coverage LIVE on CBSN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTXQVOtroIQ

Local Coverage
http://www.wfaa.com/news/live_breaking/tropical-storm-harvey-coverage/32629471

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If I had to navigate in that shit I'd use Waze. It made life much easier during and after Joaquin. If you have a smart phone you want this motherfucker. It pays for my phone bill in time and fuel savings and it's free. You can also report speed traps.

https://www.waze.com/

fBrilliant
08-28-2017, 2:36 PM
Shits getting serious, I have gotten the voluntary evac notice. We don't have water standing yet, but the reservoirs are filling and they can't let enough water out without flooding the rest of the city. If they don't the water will go around it. The reservoirs are are usually massive parks and green spaces dotted with little lakes. The real purpose is to fill in storms and slowly flow into the bayous. They are way full. If the creeks are at the banks, it means the reservoir is full. I just forwarded authorization for all business to our service center. I have been running everything from my home office, because we can't get to the office. Now a great service technician is running Central and North America. The Service Manager is out of the country on vacation.

fBrilliant
08-28-2017, 2:39 PM
Interesting links:

Real time info on water and rain levels:
https://www.harriscountyfws.org/

National Weather Service Houston:
http://www.weather.gov/hgx/

Other WX Related:
https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/southern-texas/weather-radar-interactive

Storm Visualization:
https://www.windy.com/

Houston Transtar - road cameras:
http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/layers/#

Houston Police Scanner Feed:
https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/14514/web

Harris County Sheriff and Constables Dispatch
http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/26318/web

Liberty County
http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/2668/web

Galveston County
http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/2606/web

Live: HURRICANE HARVEY SLAMS TEXAS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Acap3IrCYYk

KHOU 11 Live Stream – Alternate Studio Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWwqIO_4VNw

Hurricane Harvey Coverage LIVE on CBSN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTXQVOtroIQ

Local Coverage
http://www.wfaa.com/news/live_breaking/tropical-storm-harvey-coverage/32629471

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If I had to navigate in that shit I'd use Waze. It made life much easier during and after Joaquin. If you have a smart phone you want this motherfucker. It pays for my phone bill in time and fuel savings and it's free. You can also report speed traps.

https://www.waze.com/

Thanks Farmall great sites, I use a few of them.

LisaBallard
08-28-2017, 2:53 PM
Shits getting serious, I have gotten the voluntary evac notice. We don't have water standing yet, but the reservoirs are filling and they can't let enough water out without flooding the rest of the city. If they don't the water will go around it. The reservoirs are are usually massive parks and green spaces dotted with little lakes. The real purpose is to fill in storms and slowly flow into the bayous. They are way full. If the creeks are at the banks, it means the reservoir is full. I just forwarded authorization for all business to our service center. I have been running everything from my home office, because we can't get to the office. Now a great service technician is running Central and North America. The Service Manager is out of the country on vacation.

Stay safe.

farmall
08-28-2017, 3:55 PM
Better voluntary evac than getting stuck as a helpless spectator.

Good thing you have that offsite tech. If there's enough money involved it could make sense to permanently relocate the isolated office out of the flood zone to much higher ground with reliable comms since a site which cannot communicate cannot operate.

Anything built in a flood plain will get hit sooner or later. Anything rebuilt in a flood plain should be expendable or have full offsite backup operating facilities for the next disaster. That disaster may not look like this disaster.

It could be worthwhile for you to have a mobile setup. Maybe a box trailer with two small Honda gensets (you can get LP conversions which are far less hassle than storing gasoline and cleaning carbs, and you can run dual fuel setups too), fuel tanks, charger, battery bank, inverters, UPS and mobile internet with rugged notebooks would do the job. That's cheap enough to assemble if you don't already own the pieces. If your business uses a standard drive image you could image your machines or image virtual machines for easy reload to a host box anywhere.

I'd copy the military approach and take notes while the shit's happening. then do a lessons learned meeting afterward. Goal should be seamless continuity of operations despite loss of one or more sites. Justification is easy.

For style points you could set up a deployment package in sexy Hardigg cases. Stencil numbers on them, attach packing lists to the outside and have a setup checklist. You could air freight the "oh shit kit" anywhere in the world. You can't air freight gas engines with fuel in them but new, dry generators are cheap enough to ship out and leave in place. Besides rugged notebooks, rugged workstations and monitors are available. Panasonic, Itronix, and others make some sweet gear.

RAM mount systems are far better than a conventional desk for mobile use. Near zero footprint and you can treat them like an adult erector set. My phone at home lives in an X-Grip and its keyboard is Velcro'ed to a tablet mount next to my chair while two notebook mounts on a stand I fabbed hold my notebooks. I use a monitor mount on a separate stand. I don't use rugged notebooks since my pile of older Thinkpads is ample for my needs. I do keep a Hardigg notebook case for travel.

Cheap mode, get a large surplus Hardigg used, rip out the specialty foam then bubble pack your equipment and fill the case. I have several and treat them like big plastic job boxes.

farmall
08-28-2017, 5:18 PM
Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuations, Shelter Information:

https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

Localgringo85
08-28-2017, 5:19 PM
my payers are going out too...so sad

LoudPipesSaveLives
08-28-2017, 7:10 PM
Shits getting serious, I have gotten the voluntary evac notice. We don't have water standing yet, but the reservoirs are filling and they can't let enough water out without flooding the rest of the city. If they don't the water will go around it. The reservoirs are are usually massive parks and green spaces dotted with little lakes. The real purpose is to fill in storms and slowly flow into the bayous. They are way full. If the creeks are at the banks, it means the reservoir is full. I just forwarded authorization for all business to our service center. I have been running everything from my home office, because we can't get to the office. Now a great service technician is running Central and North America. The Service Manager is out of the country on vacation.

Wow, unreal fBrilliant. I hope it somehow subsides without total destruction. prayers and best wishes.

hotsaucejohnson
08-28-2017, 7:21 PM
Get out while you can man. I live out in Katy and had the national guard come through. They were saying dams north or Katy were being opened and there's supposed to be 5 feet of flood water headed down the bayous and creeks in the areas.

farmall
08-28-2017, 7:41 PM
Even if dam gates are opened to reduce failure risk, if rain continues dams can still fail. Dam failure is uncontrolled.

Staying in that situation accomplishes nothing. If you evacuate it would be smart to go a long distance away to beat the crush. Remember many people who stayed in now-flooded areas will have to seek housing elsewhere after the storm subsides.

fBrilliant
08-29-2017, 6:42 PM
Still hanging out. We got 33 inches of rain in my part of town. Reservoirs crested at their spillways for the first time since they were built in the '40s. It quit raining mid day today. Got some blue sky. it is moving off to make some other mothers sons miserable. We amy get more, but the worst is over. Still some drainage coming from upstream, but I think we are good. The area I live in is the highest around here, so that helps, but we are only talking about a couple feet. It made a difference. We took a bunch of stuff to a shelter earlier, as did some of my employees. My team is spread out and none got flooded.

30% of Harris county is under water, 500 square miles.

OleDirtyDoc
08-29-2017, 8:05 PM
wow.that is intense.I've dealt with minor flooding and that was scary enough.I can't imagine what you guys are going through and my prayers are with you all

hillcat
08-30-2017, 5:48 AM
I'm a former resident of Houston (as a kid) and my prayers for safety go out to all there.

fBrilliant
08-31-2017, 7:41 PM
I was at my desk answering emails and calling distributors to catch up from the last few days here in Houston. The newest and least paid team member, she has a husband and kid, walks in and says she heard on the news that the kids at the shelters were getting bored and restless. So she went and bought $60 in toys at the dollar store. She was asking to take time off with pay to go deliver it. I just looked at her, for a second or two to try and get a grasp of the situation. About this time my Accounting Manager walks in and mentions they also need underwear, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, coloring books crayons etc.

We went to a couple stores and rather than take it all the way downtown to the big shelters, we called Republic Harley Davidson, in Stafford, to see if they were taking donations there since it is only about 6 blocks from the office. I think the ladies I work with tripled the amount of donations that were at the dealership. We emptied the shelves at Walmart of different size underwear and socks for boys, girls, men and women. We filled a cart of coloring books, childrens books, crayons, toothbushes and toothpaste as well as deoderant.

Can you imagine needing underwear and toothbrush? Not having the ability to buy it?

Red Cross, Salvation Army, whatever. Mark it as Harvey Recovery. Everything is appreciated, and needed.

I challenged our distribution to match my personal donation. Will see how it goes. Canada Distributor has sent a check as well as one in California already

LoudPipesSaveLives
09-01-2017, 4:48 AM
I was at my desk answering emails and calling distributors to catch up from the last few days here in Houston. The newest and least paid team member, she has a husband and kid, walks in and says she heard on the news that the kids at the shelters were getting bored and restless. So she went and bought $60 in toys at the dollar store. She was asking to take time off with pay to go deliver it. I just looked at her, for a second or two to try and get a grasp of the situation. About this time my Accounting Manager walks in and mentions they also need underwear, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, coloring books crayons etc.

We went to a couple stores and rather than take it all the way downtown to the big shelters, we called Republic Harley Davidson, in Stafford, to see if they were taking donations there since it is only about 6 blocks from the office. I think the ladies I work with tripled the amount of donations that were at the dealership. We emptied the shelves at Walmart of different size underwear and socks for boys, girls, men and women. We filled a cart of coloring books, childrens books, crayons, toothbushes and toothpaste as well as deoderant.

Can you imagine needing underwear and toothbrush? Not having the ability to buy it?

Red Cross, Salvation Army, whatever. Mark it as Harvey Recovery. Everything is appreciated, and needed.

I challenged our distribution to match my personal donation. Will see how it goes. Canada Distributor has sent a check as well as one in California already

That's freakin awesome! Way to go! You and your staff are great people!

Can you recommend a donation center or organization for those of us that want to help out?

fBrilliant
09-01-2017, 6:52 PM
We are proud of our community, thankful for the volunteers, and stand behind the city/county administration that made the hard decisions. We are just a small group. There were volunteers lined around blocks signing up to help at all the shelters. We shouldn't forget this is just Houston, there are 11 million people in Texas alone that are affected. All the Gulf Coast, from South of Corpus Christi up to San Antonio and across to Louisiana.

I would love to be able to figure it out. I thought Red Cross, Salvation Army etc, but people say they are getting so much that goes to admin costs. I know most veteran services are mostly going to the vets and not much if anything goes to Admin. I know JJ Watt just raised $14m and swears nothing to the admin, all to recovery. I got the ladies together today and we did it again. but when they got their purses out I whipped the company CC out and took care of it. Then took them to lunch. I know the guy that approves expenses.

fBrilliant
09-02-2017, 9:06 AM
United Way of Greater Houston
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
RebuildTX
BakerRipley

To the best of my understanding at this point, all donations go to relief efforts, no admin costs.

I am taking care of business here today and getting ready to go to Rockport early tomorrow to survey the damage to my cabin and boat there. I have pictures of both from a distance. My Beavertail Skiff took some damage when the boat storage was blown away and part of it landed on it mid ship. The house lost shingles visible from the half block away vantage point, but no one could see if the doors and windows were intact. I have donated the use of it to anyone that needs shelter, once I get a close look for needed repairs. A kid I know there needs a place to store all his tools so he can go back to wrenching when things get better. He was replacing the bearings and installing bearing buddies on the trailer when the storm kicked up.

What usually takes me two and a half hours to drive to should be an interesting trip, Harvey stalled over the entire drive. Still attempting to find a safe route. As well, I am in contact with locals there who will know what is needed most in the area. We were surprised the most needed items in our area were boys, girls, mens and womens underwear and socks. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, q tips, razors, hand soap and shampoo anything to so basic hygiene. Also, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, bandaids, first aid kits. If I could find a pallet of bleach it would go a long way. The small pump sprayers to mix bleach and water to spray everything down. A trip to costco before I leave. I don't know what else to do, I just know I have to do something.

I just hope the pissing match that our fine Texas senators started after Hurricane Sandy, refusing legislation to help, doesn't come back to bite us. What goes around, comes around.

Steelsmith
06-12-2018, 8:02 AM
... Just as an update: it's June 12 2018. I am prepping for service calls (getting ready to go out the door). This is 10 months after Harvey, here in Rockport/Fulton, Texas. This was ground-zero for the hurricanes arrival.
Life is still in recovery mode. Our brand new 'Taco Bell' opened this month! You have no idea how glad I was to see this. We lost 60% of our businesses, our courthouse too had to be leveled after Harvey. lots of buildings, houses, derelict RV' s etc in the area still need to be demolished/removed. However the main mess is largely gone! Our tree/canopy looks really weird this year, bare main trunks sprouting leaves cause there are few small branches left, substantial trees broken off at mid height ... Yet still living and sprouting anew!
I am an RV service tech , lost 70% of my clients to Harvey and the aftermath. We're now surviving on 30% of our previous income, but we are making do. Lots of people lost not only their jobs but their homes, cars and they had to leave the area. My wife and are Blessed in that we are fulltime RV'rs, live in a motorhome and had 24 hours to get out (mandatory evacuation).
When the Mayor of Rockport went on National News to announce Mandatory Evacuation Thursday afternoon, most people here missed it or ignored the warning. He said "If you stay, write on your left arm your name and SS number so we can identify your corpse"! 60% stayed!
What is not publicized is, if the storm would have hit 10 miles south in Aransas Pass, Rockport would be gone!
When Harvey hit Rockport the counter-clockwise rotation pulled massive amounts of water out of Aransas bay and forced it all into Copano bay, just 3 miles North of Rockport. Copano bay got flattened by storm-surge 20 feet high! If that would have been Rockport, there would have been thousands of dead. We were lucky.
Don't ignore Mandatory Evac notices. They may be wrong sometimes but, what if they are right?!

fBrilliant
06-12-2018, 8:43 AM
Steelsmith, it is amazing how many buildings are gone, how damaged the trees are. If you have never been to Rockport, you can't appreciate the statement Steelsmith made about the trees. They are very unique to the area. Trees 5 feet across were twisted an toppled, the smaller ones, only a hundred years old or so, were stripped to trunks. The people are resilient, but so true that homes and jobs were lost, those folks will probably not come back. I noticed not only the Taco Bell, but a few more hotels were opening up. Hard to bring back the tourists when there are few places to stay. My place is near Magnolia and Orleans, just a few blocks in from Little Bay. Most of the houses across from Little Bay are probably going to be torn down. Rockport Donuts rocks.

Steelsmith
06-12-2018, 6:13 PM
f Brilliant, didn't know anybody else from R/F was on here! Cool! Auto correct doesn't like your 'handle' at all! (Stupid computer).
I've lived in Woody Acres RV Resort for 5 years. Coming back from 3 weeks in SanAngelo, it took me 9+ hours with a chainsaw to make a hole at my site big enough to fit my motorhome and it's only 33 feet long!
Had to leave my service van, wife's car and my Dnepr motorcycle/sidecar rig to the tender mercies of Harvey. Wife's car was 'totaled', service van has extensive rust now with only 73,000 miles on it. Haven't had time or money to investigate the Dnepr ... Poor old girl ... 15" of rain, 130 mph sustained winds, dozens of mini tornadoes, like small bombs going off. Shelter-smelter, utter chaos ...
Glad we ran before the storm!