Again, please donate to the American Red Cross. Every little bit helps.
A cousin CP in Pearland got water in the ground floor of her home. We haven’t heard from another cousin and family in Clute, which is in the path of the Columbia Lakes levee that was breached. (My mom is the youngest of 12, so I have cousins whom I reckon by the dozens . . . ) We finally heard from my cousin WM in Rosharon. Her house and car have been spared, but her land is all flooded. She says they’ve lost all the hay, and the cattle (and wild life) are having a hard time of it. She can’t get to them, and there’s no way to evacuate them or a place to take them to if she could. She says they’ve gotten almost 50 inches of rain.
Harvey is heading toward Louisiana now. At the Beaumont/Port Arthur airport (roughly between Houston and the Louisiana border), they measured 26.03 inches (66.11 cm) on Tuesday — that’s a one-day total! Smashed the previous record to smithereens. They’ve been keeping data since 1901; the previous record was 12.76 inches (32.41 cm) on 19 May, 1923. This brings their 5-day total rainfall from Harvey to a mind-blowing 47.98 inches (121.86 cm!)!
Port Arthur is the site of our country’s largest oil refinery, which was forced to shut down due to the floods. Our second-largest refinery, in Baytown, TX, was also forced to shut down yesterday, due to flooding-induced roof damage. In all, at least 12 refineries are currently offline due to Harvey, so gas prices are going to be going up. Fortunately, I have a nearly full gas tank.
These are the unofficial 3.5-day totals for 27-29 August, 2017:
61.52” (156.26 cm) Baytown, TX (Country Club Oaks) (over 5 FEET!)
53.64” (136.24 cm) Baytown, TX (Eastpoint)
52.30” (132.84 cm) League City, TX (South League City)
51.69” (131.29 cm) La Porte, TX (Westend LaPorte/SJJC)
47.79” (121.36 cm) Dayton, TX (Winter Valley)
45.16” (114.70 cm) Dayton, TX (Brookstone)
That blue sign that says “45” is pointing to I-45 — That’s the Gulf Freeway!In the knitting news, I finished another Fabled Cable hat. This is that Lion Brand Landscape yarn. Rather colorful. I’ve gone through the pattern again and made sure I’ve made all the corrections and it is now posted on my knitting blog.