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  • ETA OMB WHAT IF ISSIE HAS NO POWER AND CAN'T WATCH TAYLOR'S NEW VIDEO AT THE VMA'S TONIGHT. #PRIORITIES
    Does the Red Cross have a plan for this?

    I watched a little Weather Channel on the interweb. That much water is so scary.

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    • We're OK so far, our street is a river and we have water about a quarter up our front yard, but nothing in the house yet. It's so nerve wracking just watching your yard get consumed, hoping it recedes. We just moved to our neighborhood less than two years ago and it doesn't have a history of flooding (no water in homes during past storms) but according to our neighbor, this is the highest he's ever seen it and he's lived here over twenty years.

      We still have power, thank the Lord. Mr. Issie's parents' house already has water and we're expecting more rain. They're staying at his brother's and we'll have to wait a couple of days before we can get out to their house to see how bad it is. My folks and sister's family are OK so far, but like us, they're watching the water rise in their yards.

      Ugh, it's a mess, you guys. Both airports are shut down, all the freeways are impassable so even if you can get on at one point, there's almost a guarantee that you'll get stuck on it because the majority of exits are under water. The Coast Guard is helping the city do rescues by both boat and air lifts, but they are maxed out so the city has asked citizens to aid with rescues. But LEGIT, Houston is fucking BOSS ASS MOTHER FUCKING AMAZING at coming through for each other in times of disaster and we are well equipped and prepared for rain apocalypses. This sucks BALLS, but we'll bounce back.
      Last edited by IssieCol; 08-27-2017, 03:43 PM.

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      • So glad y'all are safe!







        If there's a particular local org you think we should be shoving $$ to, let us know.

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        • Issie, I'm so glad you're okay.
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          • Worried about you, Issie! <3 Stay safe, my friend.
            6 YEAR COMMITMENT TO THE PAIN OF SHIPPING DE. I DONT COMMIT TO MY OWN LIFE AS MUCH DO YOU UNDERSTAND

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            • Thanks, you guys. We're still dry. The water receded yesterday and our street is clear again so we have the room to accommodate more rain, which we will need because it is still. fucking. raining please make it stop before these people in my house make me go drown myself OMG, WE ALL HAVE CABIN FEVER SEND HELP.

              On a more series note, our house is about to get more crowded. We have friends who are under mandatory evacuation now that they're releasing water from two huge reservoirs in the suburbs and they're gonna come stay with us. We don't know how long they're gonna have to be out of their house, but at least with us, they can be close to work and have childcare until the kiddos are able to go back to school.

              Thanks for the links, ophy. Peeps can definitely start there. The United Way also set up a fund for recovery and as always, the Red Cross has an easy way to text donations. If you text HARVEY to 90999, it'll send ten bucks to the relief fund, but if you wanna give more you can do it through their site and choose Harvey under your list of options.

              https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood/flood-donation

              https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey

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              • You know it's an actual-fact disaster when Issie is letting people have an extended stay in her house.

                Seriously, I am glad your home is safe.

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                • It. Is. Still. Raining. WHY.

                  Legit, the National Weather Service peeps are shitting themselves over Harvey. Earlier in the week, they had to create a new flood level warning because the old "flash flood emergency" label no longer accurately described the level of flood danger. So they labeled our situation "flash flood emergency for catastrophic, life-threatening flooding" like OK, NWS, I get it. Hide my wife, hide my kids level of flooding. And now they added new colors to the rain level map. I mean, I'm sure they're sad for us, but a part of them must also be just straight up nerding out over this. Colors, whee!

                  if you're also a weather nerd, you can track our level of fuckedupness at Space City Weather. We're supposed to get like another foot of rain in the next 24 hours so that'll be fun.

                  My house=full. My husband just came in here and told me I wasn't allowed to hide anymore so...bye.

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                  • Gah! So happy you're safe and so (relatively!) chill in the rain apocalypse! Were the Mr.'s parents directed to stay put or evacuate? I get that the local government wanted to prevent the chaos that would result from a mass evacuation, but it's also insane that all those grandpeople in that nursing home had to wade for hours in their new living room pool.

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                    • Now that we know we are moving from an area with no partick natural disaster risks (other than forest fires, but I don't live in the woods) to an area that is hella hurricane-y, I'm following all of this with rising anxiety.

                      WHAT IF I WILL HAVE TO HAVE HOUSE GUESTS because that is nightmare fuel.


                      Maybe the secret is to just not make any friends at all after we move there. I can totally do that.

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                      • Issie! We haven't heard from you since the hurricane! What's happening? Was your house okay after the water/flooding issues?

                        I have tons of friends of in Florida so I'm biting my nails through this next one and wishing I could teleport them all to my house.
                        6 YEAR COMMITMENT TO THE PAIN OF SHIPPING DE. I DONT COMMIT TO MY OWN LIFE AS MUCH DO YOU UNDERSTAND

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                        • We are all good! It's been a hectic couple of weeks. The main hospital across the street from our clinics got some flooding and obvs, people at work were stranded in their neighborhoods so we were closed all last week. Those of us who could come in to work came back on Wed/Thur last week to reschedule peeps so that was mega fun and not at all a giant clusterfuck. Our house stayed flood free and our friends who stayed with us also avoided any flooding. They were able to go back home last Thursday and I was Taylor Swift levels of READY FOR IT. Both our families were able to volunteer for a couple of days and then spent this past weekend and Labor Day mudding out some friends' homes. Man, it is still a mess here. As of Sunday, they were still evacuating several neighborhoods on the west side of town because the city needed to release water from a couple of reservoirs to prevent them from bursting or something. I have a bit of survivor's guilt so I've been just like compulsively buying cleaning supplies and underwear and peanut butter to donate. Do y'all need underwear? I can go get some, brb.

                          But anyway, yeah we're fine. NEO! GIRL:

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