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Erin – Wet Warmup

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Tropical storm Erin hit somewhere between Houston and Corpus Cristi about 8am this morning, and by 10am the dirty side hit the south side of Houston. Remembering the mess Allison made of my commute 6 years ago, I opted for working from the house today. Susan and I headed out in the early afternoon as the storm moved to the north side of town. We drove around checking out various routes into our vicinity – deep water to the south, east, and north, but the new road carved out during the past few years gave us an out to the west. All things considered, what we saw was very mild compared to Allison, although I was glad I’d not gone to the office: what would normally be a 40-minute afternoon commute would have taken me upwards of 5 hours today, given how badly certain parts of Houston were hit.

As always, larger versions of each pic available via clicking the thumbnail images –

PoolPool in Erin’s Dirty Side (10:49am) – During this hour, over 4 inches fell at Ellington, just a few miles down the road. Before the rain stopped, water in our pool was up over the edge of the coping.
Beamer South from ScarsdaleBeamer South from Scarsdale (12:54pm) – Looking toward the hospital. Water in this drainage ditch is usually just a small stream down near the bottom (as is the case on the Google satellite map).
Beamer North of ScarsdaleBeamer North of Scarsdale (1:01pm)
Beamer at HughesBeamer at Hughes (1:02pm) – After Allison first hit, I had to walk over 5 miles to the house from the Fuqua bus park & ride. Then, only the tops of the guardrails were visible where Hughes crossed the ditch, and I had to wade across in water up to my chest.
Beamer at HallBeamer at Hall (1:04pm)
Sagemeadow from HallSagemeadow from Hall (1:06pm) – Sagemeadow dips down from Hall, making this street quite flood-prone.
Nat & Susan Head to Bitty BurbNatalie & Susan Head to Bitty Burb (2:14pm) – Remnants of Erin’s dirty side still to the northeast.

Next up – Hurricane Dean, which could strike us at cat 2 a week from now.

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Written by macheide

16 August 2007 at 6:53 pm

Texas Flooding

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Texas Flooding

“Too much concrete,” says one of the C&D owners, who have been around long enough to see the flooding get worse and worse on Fuqua with very little downpour, in large part because of no control over the over-building in the region. Who’s been getting paid off, and would they like to use their ill-gotten gains to reimburse the community for the many problems arising from its increasingly worse flooding?

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Written by macheide

16 July 2007 at 6:25 pm

forget the bus

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as recently as 2 years ago, it was impossible to find a parking space at the fuqua bus lot for the 247 if you had morning business that got you there much past 8:30am. since then there has been massive development of new homes in the area that should have pushed that filled-up time up to 7:30 or earlier

not! instead, one can now choose from 50 or more open spaces at any time of the day, any season of the year

metro itself is to blame. the 247 is notoriously unreliable, and metro shows absolutely no sign of caring. days like tuesday a week and a half ago, several 247s out of town simply didn’t show during mid-afternoon, so that the one that did eventually show had standing room only. meanwhile during that hour when riders were standing outside in 100+ heat missing their afternoon appointments, several almost completely empty busses passed by on their way down to bay area blvd: it doesn’t seem to occur to metro that it would take all of 2-3 extra minutes to stop by the fuqua stop on the way through — so pay the damned driver a few extra bucks if union idiocy would get in the way: heck, you’re certainly not paying for the 247 that missed its route, whereas you keep losing more and more long-term riders every time you screw up like this.

so after too many of these 247 slip-ups, i’ve finally joined the exodus. it would be nice to have that busride time for reading and computer work, but i’m finding that far too regularly that time is being out-weighed by wasted time spent standing out on the street while metro ignores basic customer service.

and i won’t be alone. even with the population growth down here, let’s see how much longer it takes before they can’t even keep the parking lot halfway filled, and much of that already with commuters who share rides in on the hov lane instead of paying for unreliable service with the bus.

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Written by macheide

14 August 2004 at 8:37 am

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another dead spot in the 247 evening schedule

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and this is far from the first evening when more than 6 empty busses either 244 or 246 have passed during a 20-minute span right around 5pm without a 247; and then a 247 comes with standing room only. this time i play it right and wait, and sure enough it’s not another 20-min wait, but less than 1 minute (albeit w/ 3 more of 244-246 in between, all near empty) before th next 247. poor scheduling!…or more likely poor driving, since that first driver did look too familiar, like th one i keep swearing i’ll never ride with again

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Written by macheide

22 December 2003 at 5:27 pm

Posted in abelian, Houstonian