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Tue Aug 25, 2020, 09:58 PM

I'm an evacuee again! This is getting ridiculous!

Sitting in my hotel in Buda, TX.watching the Weather Channel wondering if I will have a house to go home to. I live in Beaumont, TX., which has been hit by Rita, Ike, Harvey, Imelda and several other smaller events since 2005. Climate Change is speeding up. I grew up in Beaumont and we did not have this happen much, never had to evacuate. Now we hold the world record for the most rain over 3 days, 67 inches with Harvey. Imelda tried hard to beat that record but fell short thankfully.

I want to thank everyone at DU for their support over the years. Malaise was wonderful giving me words of encouragement when I felt like the rain would never stop. It was like the hardest rain you ever experienced, except that it kept up like that hour after hour, day after day. The sound was so loud on my patio my ears would ring. DU kept me from going crazy since I could charge my iPad and Mobil hot spot off of the generator.

I will need that help again when I go back to no power, ruined refrigerators and freezer, and 98 degrees 95% humidity for a few weeks. Glad you are here DU!

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Reply I'm an evacuee again! This is getting ridiculous! (Original post)
Dustlawyer Aug 2020 OP
MustLoveBeagles Aug 2020 #1
I_UndergroundPanther Aug 2020 #2
Grammy23 Aug 2020 #3
avebury Aug 2020 #4
Polly Hennessey Aug 2020 #5
PoindexterOglethorpe Aug 2020 #6
Hekate Aug 2020 #7
JudyM Aug 2020 #8
Ilsa Aug 2020 #9
csziggy Aug 2020 #10
chillfactor Aug 2020 #11
littlemissmartypants Aug 2020 #12
nocoincidences Aug 2020 #13
jpak Aug 2020 #14
Dustlawyer Aug 2020 #15
catbyte Aug 2020 #16
catrose Aug 2020 #17
crickets Aug 2020 #18
CaptainTruth Aug 2020 #19
mountain grammy Aug 2020 #20
calimary Aug 2020 #21
Snackshack Aug 2020 #22
tavernier Aug 2020 #23
MLAA Aug 2020 #24
Totally Tunsie Aug 2020 #25
Warpy Aug 2020 #26
Solly Mack Aug 26 #27
Dios Mio Aug 26 #28
Maru Kitteh Aug 26 #29
jimlup Aug 26 #30
mahina Aug 26 #31
GulfCoast66 Aug 26 #32
NickB79 Aug 26 #33

Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 09:59 PM

1. Hang in there

Stay safe

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:01 PM

2. That must have been terrible to go through

The sound of that rain for days would have drove me up the wall.

I hope for the best outcome for you.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:02 PM

3. Living on the Northern Gulf Coast for most of my life,


Iíve been through a few storms myself. So I can completely empathize with your situation. I hope you are spared the worst of Laura. Please check in as often as you can. You have lots of folks who know only too well the devastation a community faces in the aftermath of a storm. Thinking of you and sending kind thoughts and well wishes your way!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:04 PM

4. I know someone who is supposed to close on a house

situated on Lake Houston tomorrow. Talk about bad timing.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:04 PM

5. I don't know how you do it.

It would put me into major despair. I think the heat and humidity would defeat me. My mind would focus on October and November. Focus, they will be here.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:06 PM

6. At what point might you consider moving somewhat inland?

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:06 PM

7. Hang on there, & check back in with us

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:07 PM

8. Hoping you have really good luck this time, Dustlawyer.

Weíll be here for you however it turns out. Stay safe!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:09 PM

9. I'm glad you were able to get a room.

I hope your home doesn't get flooded and that the electricity gets turned back on quickly.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:09 PM

10. It really gets tiresome, doesn't it?

My husband and I have not had to evacuate, but even living a good distance from the coast we have been badly affected by hurricane a number of times. The worst years were 2016 with Hurricane Hermine, 2017 with the remnants of Hurricane Irma, and 2018 with Hurricane Michael. Three years in a row were just far too much!

Even though Hermine was the only one to directly hit our area, that was three years in a row with power out in the entire area for days and days. I was lucky - friends lent us their generator and we had one room with a window AC, and kept our refrigerator and freezer cold.

But we are too old for that - just last week we got our whole house generator set up. We'll have a short interruption in power, then it will kick in and let us stay comfortable. We will still have to turn off extra stuff, and maybe turn up the thermostat on the AC, but we won't have to pull out our hurricane lamps like we did for the week of no power after Hurricane Kate in 1985.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:10 PM

11. I feel so badly for you

I have never lived in a place where bad weather forced me out. Please take care...wish I lived close enough to help you put your life back together.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:15 PM

12. I am wishing you the best. I know how hard it can be not only to endure but to wait for an incoming

hurricane.The waiting is a special kind of stressful. I hope it moves quickly and the impact is limited.
Many where I live are still recovering from Florence. I hope all goes well for you. Stay encouraged.

❤ lmsp

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:16 PM

13. You occasionally live in Hell.

I hope the rest of the time is worth those few awful days every now and then.

Your description of the incessant rain reminds me of one of the stories from the Illustrated Man movie, the astronauts stuck on the planet where it never stops raining, trying to find a sun dome to escape into, and the rain beating against their helmets is driving them insane.

Don't go out in the rain!! Wear headphones!!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:16 PM

14. Stay safe!

I always evacuated north when I lived in Port A.

You did the right thing.



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Response to jpak (Reply #14)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:22 PM

15. Met a couple of families at the hotel from Port Arthur. Half the people here at the hotel,

some 5 hours from home, are from my area. Just glad I left at 4 a.m, to avoid the traffic.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:24 PM

16. Hang in there and let us know how you are.

Sending positive vibes your way.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:45 PM

17. V sorry

I lived through 5 100 year hurricanes before I was 18...since then I've made a point to live further inland. Wishing you a safe journey home.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:49 PM

18. I'm glad you found a dry place to land, Dustlawyer.

I am so sorry for what you're going through, and I hope things won't be too bad when you return. Sending positive vibes your way, for what it's worth. Stay safe.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 10:59 PM

19. We're pulling for you!!! I'm on the FL coast so I know what it's like.


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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 11:03 PM

20. Good luck and hoping for the best.

6 years in Houston, 2 floods, one hurricane, that was 35 years ago. Weather is not getting better, that's for sure . Stay safe.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 11:12 PM

21. Oh man, hang in there.

We are here. PLEASE let us know how you're doing, and how you're weathering this (pardon the pun).

'Cuz we're gonna worry.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 11:17 PM

22. Take care of yourself.

Nothing in a house that canít be replaced except for you. Take it one day or even just one hour at a time and stay safe!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 11:20 PM

23. As a fellow hurricane watcher here in the Keys

my heart is with you. I lost everything in Irma... home, car, years of memories. You just take care of yourself and your family. Bricks and mortar arenít what provide us with laughter and life... itís the people we love that do that. Stay strong and come back after to let us know.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 11:20 PM

24. Sending you energy to get through it all once again! 💖😊

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 11:35 PM

25. Stay safe, Dustlawyer. Hoping for the best for you.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2020, 11:52 PM

26. I'm so very sorry this is happening

and it seemed when I was growing up that most hurricanes were east coast hurricanes. Gulf storms were always stronger, but east coast storms were more numerous and I've got a collection of horror stories of my own.

Some beachfront property is going to start looking distinctly unattractive, unless you want to live in something you can hitch to an F-150 and haul out of the way every year or two.

I moved into mountains, instead. There's nothing to worry about here except maybe erupting volcanoes, but they're rhyolitic in this part of the country and don't blow up very often, the last being about 3,000 years ago. Oh, and fire season, we are choking on smoke with out own upper 90s, lower 100s weather.

I hope this storm fizzles just before it hits land, as they're occasionally known to do, and damage is minimal. And if it doesn't, at least you got the hell out of Dodge in time.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Wed Aug 26, 2020, 12:31 AM

27. Take care and stay safe.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Wed Aug 26, 2020, 12:47 AM

28. Yeah

I lived on the Texas coast and remember Carla ruining our home and my dad risking his life by taking his shrimp boat up the Colorado river to save our only source of income. Very stressful and depressing.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Wed Aug 26, 2020, 01:05 AM

29. I am so sorry. We did Fran in North Carolina. Sleeping on the floor, no AC/power, no fan,

no food, no water. I had PTSD for real after the unending hours of that shrieking, hell-born peal that sounded like the Earth itself screaming. Hurricane sirens are still fingernails on a chalkboard, even if they are just on TV now.

Be SAFE, and healthy, and check in with us all.




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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Wed Aug 26, 2020, 05:07 AM

30. Yes I see it too in NC

My dad's home is on the Outer Banks of NC. As a kid and young adult a hurricane was a rare once in a decade kind of event. Now they are yearly. The town nearby never used to have puddles of water and noticeable drainage problems, now that is present all summer.

My dad is considering selling as he is thinking of moving to a retirement center. We don't want to sell because of the home's family history but damn, it is likely the wise move.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Wed Aug 26, 2020, 04:11 PM

31. Isn't it crazy. Hope you stay safe. Good luck.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Wed Aug 26, 2020, 04:39 PM

32. We've never had to evacuate. In fact, central Florida is where the folks on the coast come

Most people donít know it but all the resorts around the Theme parks fill with evacuees.

But in 04 we were without power for 13 days. It was pure torture.

I wish you well and that you have no property damage.

Stay safe.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Original post)

Wed Aug 26, 2020, 04:55 PM

33. How many times does one need to evacuate to become a climate refugee?

Because sooner or later, the US is going to be full of them.

The West is drying and burning, leaving vast swaths uninhabitable, or at the very least uninsurable.

The Gulf is getting hammered by hurricanes fueled by rapidly warming ocean water.

Large portions of the Midwest were underwater last year, and a big chunk of that area just got walloped by 110-mph derecho winds.

Rising tides are routinely swamping coastal cities now.

The migrant caravans that Trump was so terrified of were fleeing Central America because climate change has devastated their farms.

Hundreds of billions of dollars every year in damages due in large part to a rapidly warming climate. How long can even the richest nation on Earth sustain this before it breaks?

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