This will be the last Harvey Report I’ll be making unless something unexpected happens.
I started these comments this morning sometime:
3.68 inches of rain in last 24 hours but it continues to rain, abet at slower accumulation rates as Harvey continues to move eastward.
Ponding out back of me: After I had posted my comments last night we got a period of heavier rain. With the water table basically at surface level anything falling was either running off or just sitting there. The ponding area had tripled in size when I went to lay down (can’t really say when I went to sleep) however I should probably point out that when I say ponding I’m talking about standing surface water perhaps 1/4 to 1/2″ deep in the lawn area.
Once the rainfall rate again reduced the pond again shrunk and is once again limited to just the 2 lowest areas where it tends to pond a bit with every heavy rainfall simply because it cannot run off as easily.
Below is a photo of the church in the small town of Refugio Texas, 55 miles inland from where Harvey came ashore as a CAT 4. Basically every building in the small town has been destroyed.
Continuing now this evening:
The rain has moved to the East past us. It has not rained here in about 4 or 5 hours now I’d guess. Total rainfall for my area is guesstimated to be between 35 and 40” perhaps more. What ever the actual amount it is certainly unprecedented and a record. Flooded areas still are the norm. Rivers Streams Creeks & Bayous continue to over run their banks and in some cases their flooding is increasing.
Around 6:0 – 6:30 I actually saw a beam of sunlight for the first time since last Thursday. It wasn’t big maybe card table sized shining on a feature of the building behind us but it was glorious.
Molly has received word that the building her company is in has taken water damage from a leaking roof. As a manager she needs to go in tomorrow to access the damages. As yet we haven’t been able to locate a passable route for her to get from here to there, even when taking some serious convoluted ones. She will re-access in the morning but will be going nowhere before full sun as driving is still just too dangerous.
Many towns and areas are declaring curfews as sadly the lowlife scum are beginning to appear in force to rob and loot and otherwise exploit peoples misery for their own gain.
We continue to be safe secure dry and have all our utilities. The ponding behind us has rapidly diminished to the point of now just being 2 areas that are obviously wetter than everywhere else.
At the moment it’s 75 out with 82% humidity. Tomorrow it calls for 84 with only a 20% chance or rain during the day but tomorrow as evening comes on that’s going to jump up to an 80% chance of T-storms as the moisture the sun has been evaporating all day and pulling up will suddenly want to come down. I expect this to be the norm for at least the rest of the week.
Both Molly and I are grateful for the thoughts prayers wells wishes and other signs of support from all of you. Not only did it buoy our spirits, I swear if helped us weather (no pun intended) this event as well as we did. Thank You one and all.
I’m off now (I hope) to get some decent sleep.
Look for an issue of Leprechaun Laughs to post at it’s regular time.