Daves Workshop #17: Hurricane Harvey in the shop.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-29-2017 07:49 PM 2151 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First and foremost I want to say I am completely blessed to have taken this storm so well. No flooding thank you God! So many of my friends, neighbors and family didn’t off so lucky.

Here is the perspective of Harvey from my shop after 4 straight days of hard rain.

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#1 posted 09-22-2017 03:37 PM

Hurricanes have such wide ranging effects, unlike, say, tornadoes. Watching the flooding issues with Harvey, and the wind damage from Irma and Maria is a real primer in what hurricanes are all about.

My home here in Anchorage actually has some flood risk, 100 year flood plain, I think. It has never happened, however. We are near to the ocean, and there are creeks and rivers all over the place.

In La Conner, we have about zero flood risk because of the elevation of the property, situated on the top of a hill. We don’t carry flood insurance for that house. If that house floods, Seattle would be destroyed as well. Because we are inland a bit, and shielded by islands and significant elevations, a tidal wave wouldn’t reach the house either, in all probability. There is significant flood risk for the low lying areas in town from the neighboring Skagit river. It has large levees through much of its course in the Skagit Valley until it empties into the ocean just a mile or so from the house. The Skagit Valley is very fertile, probably because it is situated on the historic flood plain for the Skagit River. It’s exit into the ocean has probably varied over the millennia, putting much of the valley effectively on old river delta.

Hopefully, we have seen the last of the big hurricanes this year, but we still have over a month to go in the hurricane season, as I recall. Nothing out in the Atlantic threatening the southern US any more, thankfully.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 09-22-2017 08:01 PM

Actually about a month and a half. End of November is the end of the Atlantic Hurricane Season if I recall right…

Mentally, physically and emotionally I am exhausted. We have family and their pet in our house because theirs became a pool. Lots of my friends were swamped, Flood insurance and Fema haven’t been much help….

LOTS of Texans are very angry with Fema right now because we recall the flood of Katrina evacuees that FEMA set up in temporary housing here in Houston with those trailers. Now when Houston in hurting, no temporary housing for those that lost their homes.

We have a couple that are friends of ours from church, they’ve had a hard time prior to the storm with their marriage, and I am not sure they are going to make it. He’s ready to head for the (wet) door, and I don’t think she’d mind… There have been LOTS of health problems with both of them, and her son, his step son has been a HUGE problem for them. (legal, drug issues).

I know the stress hasn’t been great for Debi and I, we are snappier than we should be. Good thing is we know and recognize when we are getting snotty and just tell the other, it’s not you, I’m stressed and need some shop / craft room time… (to each their own stress releif).

I had a nice cabin rental set up for Columbus day weekend just for a couples get away for us, well… the storm changed all that. Even over by Austin, the cabin we were going to rent got flood and wind damaged…

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