Journal 8.27.17

Sunday – I woke up this morning and when I turned up my radio that was on NPR they were broadcasting CBS TV news. They reported that 24 inches of water/rain has fallen on Houston. A few hours later the CBS TV news building had to be evacuated because it was flooding. The rain, the flood, is nothing like anyone has ever seen in Texas. They say a triangle that stretches from Corpus Christi to Houston to Austin, TX, the size of the state of Michigan, has been turned into a lake. The main public hospital, Ben Tobb hospital, has been evacuated and they say they need civilians with boats to report to the authorities because they need help with high water rescue. Over 2000 high water rescues have been performed so far. Keep in mind there are over six million people in Houston so this situation will only get worse. They say that the authorities should have made evacuation mandatory but they did not and thus people thought they would be okay.

Here in Livingston so far we’ve only had rain that has been steady but no flooding. We were fortunate as the storm spun more west of Houston that east. Our fear is of flooding. With flooding our water source is affected as well which will make life extremely difficult locked in a cell. I don’t even want to think about what would happen if we had two feet of rain here. The water was 16 ft high in Houston! We are not yet halfway through this disaster and I do not know how it will end. I will keep my eyes and ears open hoping to keep safe!