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brickman
09-13-2008, 09:21 AM
Just a follow up on the Hurricane ........ is everyone ok? Thoughts and prayers are with you all as I watch the devastation on tv. This reallyu puts things in perspective. Hoping all of you and your families are doing ok. I know many or all are without power, but needed to say this anyway.

brickman :texflag:

BSofA04
09-13-2008, 11:41 AM
I'll second brickman. Hope everyone in the Houston area is ok this morning.

HardcoreTexan
09-13-2008, 12:14 PM
Please everyone be safe if your heading in soon. I know there seems to be damage in most of the areas. SO Be careful.

TheRealJoker
09-13-2008, 12:25 PM
I just moved to Iowa a couple weeks ago for school. My family is still in the Houston area thankfully everyone i've heard from are okay with only minor damage.

Hope everyone is okay.

steds
09-13-2008, 01:19 PM
Best of luck to all of you.

kiwitexansfan
09-13-2008, 01:28 PM
people are slowly checking in down in the hurricane ike thread. on tv right now a texan republican congresman boasting how much better Houston did than new orleans

Giant Tiger
09-13-2008, 06:59 PM
Just a follow up on the Hurricane ........ is everyone ok? Thoughts and prayers are with you all as I watch the devastation on tv. This reallyu puts things in perspective. Hoping all of you and your families are doing ok. I know many or all are without power, but needed to say this anyway.

brickman :texflag:

My thoughts as well :friends:

Texans_Chick
09-13-2008, 07:03 PM
I'm okay. We are one of the few people with power.

It looks like a bomb went off in my neighborhood. Downed trees and signs everywhere. I have a bunch of trees down in my yard, but fortunately they missed the house.

I've been through a bunch of hurricanes, but that by far was the scariest night of my life. It sounded like the ocean and a train at the same time and I kept thinking that the next wind gust was going to bust the windows in.

Drove to get back to my house (I stayed up the street at some place safer)--all the street lights out, lots of trees in people's houses. I've never seen anything quite like it.

The hurricane lasted WAAAAY too long--I thought it wouldn't stop. I am going to go into a coma tonight.

God bless and prayers for everyone affected by the hurricane and the responders trying to help.

:texflag:

titanbuoy
09-13-2008, 07:25 PM
Hey, just wanted to come in and wish you guys all the best. I hope everyone is okay. Next week when things start returning to something resembling normal, please drop by our forum and make fun of VY. A little rivalry talk will probably be a welcome distraction from the events of the past 24 hours.

Take care all and know that our thoughts are with you.

scourge
09-13-2008, 08:03 PM
I work for CenterPoint. We are doing our best. 2.1 million out of 2.26 customers without power. Myself and my infant included. To those who see us out there, cut us some slack and stop asking when the power will be back up. We are working as fast as possible. The answer is weeks. some area may be less, we are estimating some to possibly be 4+.

If it comes up sooner, consider yourself lucky. We will be working from 5am to 10pm everyday until power is restored in the entire Greater Houston area.

Take care everyone, I will try and keep in touch whenever i get the chance. But without power at home, its rather difficult.

pappy
09-13-2008, 09:05 PM
I am one of the lucky ones and have power but it is only a two block area that still has it around here .

scourge
09-14-2008, 04:47 AM
what's funny, anyone who needed to read my post has no power... looks like another bad day today with all of the heavy rain I'm seeing right now.

YoungTexanFan
09-14-2008, 01:40 PM
I'm up here in Kansas and I really do wish yall the best. My family stayed through and they don't have power though they do have a working land-line phone. My family on the island made it off ok, and we got my grandma out of Port Arthur in time as well. Our house in Houston is just fine structurally with no flooding. Port Arthur and Galveston are stilled closed off, so we don't know about the other family members' houses.

YoungTexanFan
09-14-2008, 01:41 PM
As a side note, my mom said power could be 2-3 weeks getting back on, so she is actually looking forward to going into work tomorrow at ExxonMobil because they have generators and have AC.

brakos82
09-14-2008, 03:25 PM
I just drove the car around the block and it isn't too terrible here just north of the 290/610. Branches and brush are all over the place, but I haven't seen any houses completely wiped out yet. Anybody hear from SheTex and how Pasadena's looking?

texanmojo
09-14-2008, 11:16 PM
2nd night without power...staying in Katy with my folks who do have power. Damage to my home was a minimum. Light roof damange and a couplee of fenced broken. Hopefully all will be back to normoal soon.

Runner
09-15-2008, 12:26 AM
No damage, no electricity yet.

Life is good.

Shaft75
09-15-2008, 12:40 AM
We have electricity in Baytown. My house had very light damage, fence knocked down, couple of shingles missing. No running water though.

You know how much it sucks coming home from a long day of helping neighbors saw apart huge uprooted oak trees and picking up debris and NOT BEING ABLE TO TAKE A SHOWER!

I at least thank god for power and a/c.

Runner
09-15-2008, 02:14 AM
And now I have electricity.

Spled
09-15-2008, 10:14 AM
Power just came back this morning. Thanks to Scourge and the other power workers out there. I've got a neighbor's tree resting on the side of my house and some fence damage. Other than that it's just tree limbs everywhere. I've been cleaning since Saturday morning. Saturday and Sunday were hard without football, except for radio.

scourge
09-15-2008, 11:51 AM
just checking in on a short lunch break... they have bumped us up to 18 hour work days. I miss my 4 month old and its only been a few days. She is teething and hot, so she is miserable. The substation that serves my house(west side of Humble) is completely down, so no power for me for about 3-5 weeks.

If anyone without power that can read this lets me know what area they live in, I may be able to find out a little information about some sort of time frame, but don't expect too much. We are still telling most people 2+ weeks.

On the good side, we have literally thousands of contractors coming from places like California, Indiana, and Florida to help out. Looks like all the help we give is paying off.

Everyone take care

*edit* what really scares me is the people of Tiki Island and Galveston... I mean, when they said "get out" and they didn't, its really their fault, but it still hurts to know that it is so bad that TV coverage is very limited due to too many floating bodies. My thoughts go to the families out there and hope that it's not as bad as they are making it out to be.

drewmar74
09-15-2008, 12:53 PM
but it still hurts to know that it is so bad that TV coverage is very limited due to too many floating bodies.



Please tell me that's not the case.....

brickman
09-15-2008, 12:57 PM
[QUOTE=drewmar74;999281]

That is just awful. I can't even imagine the destruction, etc.

KEYE SUX
09-15-2008, 01:29 PM
The highest death toll that I have seen is 31. How can there be so many bodies floating around?

Texans_Chick
09-15-2008, 02:10 PM
*edit* what really scares me is the people of Tiki Island and Galveston... I mean, when they said "get out" and they didn't, its really their fault, but it still hurts to know that it is so bad that TV coverage is very limited due to too many floating bodies. My thoughts go to the families out there and hope that it's not as bad as they are making it out to be.

The mayor of Galveston did everyone a disservice. On Wednesday night, she told west enders that they were mandatory evacuations, but that everyone else was to shelter in place.

Even from a foresight perspective, this was wrong wrong wrong. (I said so at the time (http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=996618&postcount=235)) The error of some of the longer range forecasts is 200 miles, that there were signs that the storm could be going more north of Corpus, and even some of the early reports suggested that the storm surge for a storm of this size could be massive.

I heard her talking like a doddering ***** Wednesday night and told my husband she was going to kill people by making them think that they will be safe if they stay on the island.

So Wednesday night, some residents had prepared themselves to do the old hunker down. By Thursday morning, residents there had to make the choice between hunker down and possibly getting caught on the freeway in a massive Rita like traffic jam in the middle of a hurricane.

I knew of the risk and bought all my supplies on Wednesday--the grocery stores were busy but not completely nuts. By Thursday, the grocery stores had lines 20 people long because finally the "certain death" sort of message was getting out.

Not everyone has internet coverage to know the in depth forecast. The mayor said hunker down at the worst possible time. People should have been evacuating Wednesday by the latest instead of starting the evac within 24 hours of possible first tropical storm force winds.

And of course, some Galveston residents are just idiots. There was video of people on the island on Friday that looked like they had a few cans short of a six-pack. And the ones on the island with children mugging for the camera, should be reported to CPS.

scourge
09-15-2008, 03:22 PM
The highest death toll that I have seen is 31. How can there be so many bodies floating around?

It could be some sort of exaggeration, but that's what they are telling us... haven't heard from many outside sources. And I can't even get through to a friend of mine who is a police officer there. Not sure if he is even ok.

scourge
09-15-2008, 03:31 PM
Here are some updates...


CenterPoint Energy restored power to several priority customers. Service was re-established to Hobby Airport and Ellington Field as well as several hospitals, including Riverside General Hospital, Kingwood Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Humble (MHHS), Clear Creek Medical Center, HCA Spring Branch Medical Center, University General Hospital, San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, MHHS Northeast, Medical Center Hospital.


CenterPoint Energy’s restoration efforts continue
Company emphasizes safety around power lines
and when using portable generators
Next news release: 9 p.m.

Houston – Sept. 15, 2008 – Thousands of mutual assistance linemen and tree trimmers from across the country continue to arrive to enhance CenterPoint Energy’s electric restoration efforts. The company estimates that by the end of the day, 3,000 scheduled linemen and tree trimmers will have arrived and received work orders. And by Wednesday, an additional 4,000 will be on the scene helping CenterPoint Energy get power back on. These mutual assistance crews will help CenterPoint Energy make repairs identified by the company’s “cut and clear” process. “When faults are identified on a line, such as a downed tree, power line or pole, we isolate the problem where the fault is and reroute power around it. This process quickly restores power to large numbers of customers. Later, crews come back to the damaged area to make all proper repairs,” explained Kenny Mercado, CenterPoint Energy senior vice president of Electric Operations. Mutual assistance crews will play a key role to work these faults. This labor-intensive process takes several hours in which to complete each work order.

Important Electric Safety Information for AFTER the Storm

As customers continue to use portable generators and begin to clean-up storm debris, it is critical that customers act safely and follow these safety tips:

• Know where power lines are and always stay at least 10 feet away. Whether you’re trimming your trees or clearing debris, take note of all power lines in the area and have a plan of how to work around them.

• Use portable generators in a well-ventilated area. Never run them inside, even in your garage. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide, and the fumes can be deadly.

 Do not connect the portable generator to any house wiring.

 Never connect a portable electric generator or a motor home/RV generator directly to your home's electrical system during a power outage. Electricity could backfeed into the power lines and endanger CenterPoint Energy workers.

 Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy duty, properly grounded extension cords. Make sure that extension cords are not frayed or worn.

 Read all instructions carefully and follow all manufacturers’ guidelines for portable generator operations and grounding.

 Limit the number of appliances you use to no more than the recommended wattage of the generator.

 Use the generator only when necessary, and don't overload it. Turn it off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home to avoid a possible fire hazard.

 If you have any doubts about how to properly use a portable electric generator, contact the manufacturer or a licensed electrician for assistance.

Natural gas safety

Be alert for the smell of natural gas. If you smell gas, leave the area immediately and tell others to leave too. Many areas are inaccessible or extremely difficult for company employees to access so it’s important to leave the area and call CenterPoint Energy from a safe, remote location and to be patient.

• Do not smoke, strike a match, use a cell phone or operate anything that might cause a spark, including a flashlight or a generator.

• Do not attempt to turn natural gas valves on or off. Once safely away from the area, call 713-659-2111 or 888-876-5786 and CenterPoint Energy will send a trained service technician immediately.

How CenterPoint Energy prioritizes restoration

After performing an initial damage assessment, including aerial surveys and on the ground inspections, the company focuses on repairs that will restore power to the greatest number of customers in the shortest amount of time.

1. Repairs begin with circuits, which are the backbone of the distribution system. Repairing these main feeder lines can affect 1,000 customers or more.

2. Line fuses are repaired next. Typically 100 or more customers are served behind line fuses.

3. Transformers are the third level of the restoration process. Replacing or repairing transformers will typically restore power to 10 or fewer customers.

4. Individual drops serve single homes. These repairs are the last stage of the restoration process.

What customers can do to help
The company continues to ask customers NOT to call the company to report outages, but only to report emergencies such as downed power lines at 713-207-2222.
While crews continue to work around the clock to restore power, there are steps customers can take to get their home ready to receive electric service. CenterPoint Energy will make repairs to the electric delivery system up to the point where it connects to a home or business. However, the customer is responsible for repairs if there is damage to the meter enclosure or weatherhead – the point where the line enters the home through a pipe. If the meter enclosure or weatherhead is damaged, our crews will not be able to re-establish service. If in doubt, homeowners should contact a licensed electrician to make an inspection and any necessary repairs.

Also, while CenterPoint Energy will cut trees and limbs away from power lines and the electric service drops to the homes, homeowners are responsible for the removal of debris left by tree trimming crews who are assisting with power restoration efforts.

The company’s 5,000 square-mile electric service territory suffered widespread damage as a result of 100-mile-per-hour winds, and trees and wind-blown debris on power lines. Patience will continue to be a key factor. Customers should be prepared to be without power for an extended period of time depending on the damage to the facilities that serve them.



Update: CenterPoint Energy reaches restoration
milestone – a half million customers receive electricity
Houston – Sept. 15, 2008 – As of 7:36 a.m., CenterPoint Energy reported that within 48 hours, it has restored electricity to a half million customers. Now, 27 percent of the 2.26 million customers have power.
“We’re extremely pleased with the results of our disciplined restoration plan,” said Kenny Mercado, senior vice president of Electric Operations. “I’m very proud of our employees, and we’ll continue to work around the clock until everyone’s service is on.”



I know also that Katy, Richmond, and Rosenberg are up and running. I have Baytown is too.

texanfreak
09-15-2008, 04:53 PM
hey scourge, my brother lives in Onalaska do you have any info on that area?

gwallaia
09-15-2008, 05:25 PM
OK here in Beaumont. The power just came back on! YAH!!

brakos82
09-15-2008, 05:28 PM
Do you know anything about a timeframe about zip 77092 around the 290/610 or 77502 in Pasadena?

scourge
09-15-2008, 05:41 PM
From what I know, Entergy serves Onalaska. All i can tell you is that Entergy has restored power to 1% of their customers.

That was confirmed on 740am a short while ago. CenterPoint has restored roughly 27%.

my feet are killing me, and i'm rediculously tired. Luckily, i have a short break to fill out paperwork, update the bosses and contractors of the areas I have seen and go to the restroom and grab more water and gatorade. I doubt I'll be so lucky in the next few days, but as i am coming in for lunch or dinner, I'll try and update with any possible info. But seriously, everything as far as when is purely speculation. The best answer both you or I receive most of the time is, we are working on it. I know Kingwood and Lockwood are a mess. Bellaire, too, and these are problems because of people crying when we come to trim their trees back. Seriously, trees are the biggest problem out there. And for those of you who have complained and/or refused to allow us to trim them, please elxplain to your neighbors why it will take so long to restore power to your area.


Speaking of which, another thing people may want(or not want) to know is that the problems lie mainly in the Feeder Circuits. Those are the circuits that run directly from the substation to the out lying areas. Those must be repaired first. And circuits strecth for miles, so no, the problem isn't going to just be the down line behind your neighbors house. Nor will it be just the blown fuse or transformer you see. Your sub can be fine, but 10 miles out there can be a down line.

If your subdivision happens to be directly fed from a Primary Feed, then your power will come up first. If yours is a lateral from from the primary, it will be fixed afterwards. Can't be done any other way. And not all of a subdivision is always fed from the same circuit. Which is why in some places, you will half the houses in your area with lights, but not yours. And some parts of a subdivision can be primary, while part is fed through a lateral.

Done giving my speaches to the bosses, and my partners have returned with our next destination, so i'm gonna get back out there now. gotta pee, grab my drink and go. I hope I have been somewhat helpful, even if you didn't necessarily enjoy the info...

scourge
09-15-2008, 05:44 PM
OK here in Beaumont. The power just came back on! YAH!!


That's Entergy's area, thank them when you see 'em...


Brakos, I'll see what i can do, but as of yet, i haven't heard anything from either area.

scourge
09-15-2008, 08:28 PM
last one for the night... dinner time and try and get home before 10:30. Back here at 4:30. May start sleeping here some throughout the week. gives me an extra hour of sleep.

Here is the latest update.


CenterPoint Energy restores power to 588,000 customers

Houston – Sept. 15, 2008 – CenterPoint Energy reported that as of 8 p.m., the company had restored power to 588,000 customers and numerous key facilities. Of the 2.26 million CenterPoint Energy customers, 1.56 million customers, or 69 percent, are still without power.
Three thousand linemen and tree trimmers from as far away as Canada have now arrived to assist CenterPoint Energy’s electric restoration efforts. By Wednesday, an additional 4,000 will be on the scene.
Major Restoration Efforts
CenterPoint Energy was asked by local, state and federal authorities to reroute power from the company’s electric grid to the Trinity River pumping station at the Lynchburg Reservoir using the same strategy the company used after Hurricane Rita. The pumping station, which is on Entergy’s electric grid, supplies water to chemical plants and refineries along the Houston Ship Channel and 10 cities, including Houston.

The company also restored all high voltage electric transmission connections between CenterPoint Energy and the rest of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas network. The company also made steady progress in restoring power to Galveston Island, despite challenging conditions, by energizing a second transmission line to the Island.
As part of the company’s commitment to prioritize power restoration to key facilities, CenterPoint Energy has energized eight hospitals, including Brazosport Hospital, Cornerstone of Houston at Clear Lake, Park Plaza Hospital, San Jacinto Hospital, St. Christus, Tomball Regional,Triumph – North and Universal General.

CenterPoint Energy crews are working around the clock and will until everyone’s service is restored.

Texan_Bill
09-15-2008, 08:45 PM
Im still out at my place. The technicians are now saying sometime Wednesday maybe even Thursday. Our problem is the golf course. While folks immediately around us are up and running, the trees on the course have created extra probs....

No worries. At a friends with AC, good BBQ and ice for my adult beverage... A shave and a hot shower were bonuses...!!! :pirate:

texanhead08
09-15-2008, 10:07 PM
My power came back on at 8pm sat of course I was lucky to get it back on in less than 24hrs. My gf's still isnt back on and its monday night already. I guess it just depends on if you were lucky enough not to have trees fall on transformers and such. Where is bumble bee to save the day?

Topher
09-15-2008, 10:20 PM
Safe and sound in Bellaire. :)

texanfreak
09-16-2008, 05:56 AM
scourge, I would like to thank you for taking the time to give everyone information during your busy schedule. God bless you and your family.


thanks,

texanfreak

Revolution
09-16-2008, 06:50 AM
Our house survived without any damage that is visible to the naked eye...

With the way the wind tortured the house, I think I need someone to take a look at it.

We still have no power and no landline phone service. Not good since I couldn't charge my phone until today. My office now has power, so I am charging my phone now!

I thought having a corded phone would ensure telephone service. I guess not with the kind of winds we had on Friday night...

I hope and pray that all of our Texans family is safe!

Take care all and be careful!

scourge
09-16-2008, 09:05 AM
Thanks for the kind words. I am just as miserable as everyone else. For everyone one who have asked about status, I haven't found out for sure, but probably a few weeks is the answer. Don't even have a real time frame for my area other than "weeks".

I have a little extra time this morning to update, because of a meeting about change in our work.

My water went out last night, wife is low on gas, ran out of batteries, which means soon she won't have the power to use teh breast pump for my daughter.

Not to mention I was told today that i am being shipped off to another service center. And it will be random, so the chances of getting closer to home are slim. And still having to be there from 5am to 10am. With 0 time off.

If I didn't take pride in what i do, and know that i am making a difference, I would've already broken down. Although I do get agitated when I get the same question 50+ times a day, and they never think its good enough, I realize that people are just as frustrated as i am, and most have no idea what we are doing and going through to make things right again.

What's really terrible about that, is that we found out that once all Main Feeder Circuits are inspected and beginning to be worked on, we are sent to other Centers to help with inspection and repair other main feeders. Which means until ALL main feeder circuits are up, NO lateral circuits are being inspected or repaired in any given area right now. and there are far more laterals than feeders. And i, like most of you, am on a lateral. So basically, it may be more than a week until we get around to assessing damage to a lateral, and a little longer before crews get out there for repairs.

I understand why they want it done this way, and it does make some sense, but still think we probably should have at least a few people inspecting laterals too, so that the crews here can start on those as soon as they are done fixing feeder.

On the plus side, we are getting even more crews coming, so it is getting better.

Also, I have heard that ATT is telling people that it may take 2 months to get down land lines back up and running.

The best i can tell everyone is expect 2+ weeks. If it happens sooner, then you are one of the lucky ones.

I probably won't be able to post much more, so I wish everyone well, and will try and update eventually.



Take care.

HoustonFrog
09-16-2008, 09:25 AM
Hey all,

Well it was a good and scary for us. We got smart and left Friday morning at 5:30 am and got to Austin to stay at my wife's Moms. It was only 2 1/2 hours for us. I have a brother there too. One of the smarter things we ever did because many got cocky and stayed. We just drove back yesterday and had no power still. The sad part was that our neighborhood and the neighboring two neighborhoods looked like war zones. Literally 50 year old, massive pines up rooted and in yards and in houses. Oak trees up rooted and in yards. Trees everywhere. It is hard to explain. The worst was many survived that and then got 12 hours of rain. I saw pictures from my neighbor. From their front door to my front door was water..it was a lake. One lady had to be rescued by canoe. It was up to their knees on their own curbs. We had put up sandbags and got lucky. We have a back side door that goes to our sunroom/baby's playroom. Some water seeped in to get the area carpet..that we removed to dry out.. but besides that the house was perfect...oh and 2 feet of water in the garage I had to sweep out. My neighbors had been really kind and collected all our limbs and laid them in front of the house. Massive amount. Our big, beautiful oak tree, which is gorgeous, lost many limbs and foliage but is still well and in tact. We got lucky too that we cut half our pecan last week that was dead and the other half remained upright. So no damage, just no electricity. Weather is beautiful so we just had candles last night and slept with windows open. We do have hot water and all. We walked some of the blocks last night and there were trees through roofs. I have a friend in a neighborhood next to us that has 6 mos old twins and their house was totaled by a tree through the middle. (They ar eon Oak Forest, we are in Shepherd Park Plaza and Garden Oaks is right by both....43rd and Ella)

One funny story was that my brother in law, who stayed and who lives a few blocks from us, rode his bike to check on our house. My neighbor across the street thought he was a looter and pulled a gun on him and his friend..lol. Told him he would verify his identity with us and to get back home and hunker down because it was still windy and raining.

So overall we got lucky and I feel grateful that we had a great weekend with nice weather in Austin. We have a gas top stove so we can light it and still make soup, etc. We also have our grill and alot of food we bought before and after the storm..alot fo milk on ice for the baby.

Also, from about Brenham into Houston if coming 290, lines for gas with sheriffs and state troopers surrounding the places to make sure there is no trouble.

What I find troubling about all of this is that we left mainly because we have a 1 year old but many of my friends were defiant and cocky about staying..even with kids. I don't want a mass cluster like Rita but people need to learn that even without electricity, sitting around with kids is no good. Luckily we enjoyed Austin before coming back. Just get out next time..it isn't worth it.

disaacks3
09-16-2008, 09:39 AM
Still no power @ home (in Spring), but otherwise we fared OK. Currently back at work...2 of 5 buildings damaged, but at least we've got power & A/C here.

Hope everyone else has come through this w/o major damage.

Tedc
09-16-2008, 09:58 AM
Thanks for the kind words. I am just as miserable as everyone else. For everyone one who have asked about status, I haven't found out for sure, but probably a few weeks is the answer. Don't even have a real time frame for my area other than "weeks".

I have a little extra time this morning to update, because of a meeting about change in our work.

My water went out last night, wife is low on gas, ran out of batteries, which means soon she won't have the power to use teh breast pump for my daughter.



Scourge,

Call me. I sent you a PM.

We have several Blue Crew members that live in your area and we may be able to help the wife out by taking some batteries or anything else that she needs.

We are all a Texans family and I really appreciate the hard work you have put out.

TEXANS84
09-16-2008, 10:20 AM
made it ok. still have no power. Heard no power in Montgomery county for weeks. This does royally suck.

Texan_Bill
09-16-2008, 10:27 AM
I talked to a technician yesterday. It may be Thursday before I get power.. The technician actually lives down in Shore Acres (near La Porte) and wont have power for his family for a lot longer...

Point being folks, just remember that the linemen/ technician may have a stake in this as well and many of their families are affected too.. It sucks for all....

Hardcore Texan
09-16-2008, 11:32 AM
I talked to a technician yesterday. It may be Thursday before I get power.. The technician actually lives down in Shore Acres (near La Porte) and wont have power for his family for a lot longer...

Point being folks, just remember that the linemen/ technician may have a stake in this as well and many of their families are affected too.. It sucks for all....

Amen, a lot of these people are out taking care of everyone else's issue but their own.

Spled
09-16-2008, 12:55 PM
I hope the electric workers are getting paid double time for their efforts.

Vinnie
09-16-2008, 01:06 PM
Like many of y'all I made it into work today and have power (290&34th) but still no power at home in Atascocita. It looks like a war zone in many of the older neighborhoods with old growth trees. No damage for me luckily. Nearly all my neighbors have roof and water damage from shingles being blown off followed by the rain the next day. My roof is only three years old and held up well, thank God.

Malloy
09-16-2008, 01:25 PM
Curious, is the housing damage complete random, or are newer houses (or older for that matter) worse off?

FILO_girl
09-16-2008, 04:18 PM
Like many of y'all I made it into work today and have power (290&34th) but still no power at home in Atascocita. It looks like a war zone in many of the older neighborhoods with old growth trees. No damage for me luckily. Nearly all my neighbors have roof and water damage from shingles being blown off followed by the rain the next day. My roof is only three years old and held up well, thank God.
You work near me...any power down near 290 & 34th?

Buffi2
09-16-2008, 06:10 PM
OK here in Livingston. No power but we do have a generator that runs the satellite, tv, little lamp and freezer. We only have one very large tree sitting in the middle of our driveway -but we got the cars out and all is well.

I have no internet connection - I'm sitting in the middle of a field attached to a generator that is running the local phone company lines. My cable connection will be gone for a very long time - so I'm going to have to find something since sitting in the middle of a field isn't really a long term solution.

scourge
09-16-2008, 08:28 PM
Sounds like i may not get sent somewhere else just yet, but will happen in the coming days/weeks. About to sit down for dinner. They are feeding us quite well tonight. I'll make this quick.


Scourge,

Call me. I sent you a PM.

We have several Blue Crew members that live in your area and we may be able to help the wife out by taking some batteries or anything else that she needs.

We are all a Texans family and I really appreciate the hard work you have put out.

Thanks, I'll try and get in touch with you soon. Need to find out first where i will be located next.



I hope the electric workers are getting paid double time for their efforts.

The linemen do get double time... but if you are salary, it is straight time. And unfortunately for me, I have moved on to a salary position. But you would never tell from the things i am doing now, and my current appearance. i kinda smell, too...


The highest death toll that I have seen is 31. How can there be so many bodies floating around?
There are hundreds, if not thousands still unaccounted for. But more importantly, how many bodies is it that you feel are too many? I think 1 is too many.

Safe and sound in Bellaire. :)
Yeah, Bellaire is doing pretty well. But that is all politics. It's all about who your neighbors happen to be. The people with power, get power quick.


And one last thing, even though he may not mean it that way, I am getting irritated hearing Rick Perry repeatedly saying the power isn't getting fixed fast enough. We gave an honest time frame, but still that wasn't good enough. If he would like, he can come out with us and give us a hand. I'll give him a hard hat and let him just ride in the truck. That way, when I jump out to do some actual work, he can watch as people begin to swarm around and ask how long it's gonna be. Then see how he reacts as they freak out about what he says if he says anything longer than 24 hours. I don't think he has any idea what it takes to get the power back. It's not like we are trying to go slow. We are out of power too, and from a company stand point, we aren't making any money if the meters aren't spinning. Louisiana still isn't back to 100% from Gustav. I imagine we may be complete before they are.

We even received crews from Canada today as well. For the first time in my life, I got excited to see a line of big trucks with Canadian flags waving in the wind.


gotta go, lines are getting long..

Revolution
09-16-2008, 08:50 PM
We have ELECTRICITY!!!! I LOVE ELECTRICITY!!!!

For those who are still waiting, I hope you get your's back really soon! I know how happy I am right now. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning!

I know there are lots of very unfortunate people who have much bigger issues with this storm than just being inconvenienced, so I am sorry for celebrating so much!

Thanks scourge for all your information and updates!

Honoring Earl 34
09-16-2008, 08:54 PM
And one last thing, even though he may not mean it that way, I am getting irritated hearing Rick Perry repeatedly saying the power isn't getting fixed fast enough. We gave an honest time frame, but still that wasn't good enough. If he would like, he can come out with us and give us a hand. I'll give him a hard hat and let him just ride in the truck. That way, when I jump out to do some actual work, he can watch as people begin to swarm around and ask how long it's gonna be. Then see how he reacts as they freak out about what he says if he says anything longer than 24 hours. I don't think he has any idea what it takes to get the power back. It's not like we are trying to go slow. We are out of power too, and from a company stand point, we aren't making any money if the meters aren't spinning. Louisiana still isn't back to 100% from Gustav. I imagine we may be complete before they are.




You guys are doing the best you can do and that's all you can do . Keep up the good work and be safe .

Andrew6
09-16-2008, 09:20 PM
I might have an extra generator for someone that is in DIRE need of it. if you know someone let me know.

DiehardChris
09-16-2008, 09:48 PM
Guys - is it safe to drink the tap water in N.Houston/Spring area right now? I have a friend who needs to know and he has no access to internet or really anything else right now.

drewmar74
09-16-2008, 11:09 PM
We even received crews from Canada today as well. For the first time in my life, I got excited to see a line of big trucks with Canadian flags waving in the wind.


gotta go, lines are getting long..

The comment about the canucks was awesome.

God bless you, sir, and be safe.

scourge
09-17-2008, 05:29 AM
Houston – Sept. 16, 2008 – As of 9:28 p.m., CenterPoint Energy reported that it reached another restoration milestone having restored power to 750,000 customers within three full days. The company now reports that 38 percent of its 2.26 million customers have power.
“Our crews, working with the thousands of mutual assistance crews who have joined us from across North America, are making outstanding progress,” said Kenny Mercado, senior vice president of Electric Operations. “We will continue, however, to work around the clock until everyone’s power is restored.” “As we gather and enter additional information, we will soon be able to project restoration times for specific geographic areas.”

Houston – Sept. 16, 2008 – Based on new damage assessment data, the company projects that in the next seven days it will have restored power to 50 to 75 percent of those customers who lost power from Hurricane Ike. A total of 8,000 linemen and tree trimmers from 31 states and Canada will be assisting CenterPoint Energy’s 3,000 employees. All will work around the clock until the power is fully restored.

I know that most will find that somewhat disheartening to hear, but we are making progress.

Will update some more again as I get new info and have a few minutes to write. Not very easy or really convenient to post, but I feel it is necessary as so many of you are spread out in the area and can spread the word to people who have no way of reading this. Ted is right, we all are family

Take care.

Malloy
09-17-2008, 05:49 AM
Scourge, even for a non-Houstonian your information is much appreciated. Sounds like you guys are working your ass off, and even though some of you are not getting paid extra for the hours, I sincerely hope that you'll get some kind of bonus afterwards. You deserve it!

Keep up the good work, and be safe!

Bull Pen 1
09-17-2008, 05:54 AM
My family and I are fine here in Cut N Shoot.

My house is fine even though I was outside for 4 hours pumping water from my house to keep from flooding during the hurricane.

No power (I do have a generator with limited gas) gas lines are 2 to 3 hours long, and had to go back to work monday just to sit around for 8 hours.

No water

scourge
09-17-2008, 06:16 AM
Scourge, even for a non-Houstonian your information is much appreciated. Sounds like you guys are working your ass off, and even though some of you are not getting paid extra for the hours, I sincerely hope that you'll get some kind of bonus afterwards. You deserve it!

Keep up the good work, and be safe!
We are all getting paid extra, for for us salary guys though, it is just regular time after the first 45 hours. The best bonus would be a weekend off so I can assess damage to my home. Can't see much when i leave in the dark and get home in the dark.

Thorn
09-17-2008, 06:32 AM
scourge, there is not enough rep in the world for you right now. To bad I have to spread it around to give you some more.

And I understand the hours you put in, I'm salaried myself and work for Memorial Hermann hospital system. I put in a 24 hour shift this weekend, and more is coming. Right now I'm one of the lucky ones that got their power back early, so at least for today I am working from home. Although that can change at any moment.

Keep up the good work and letting us know how you are doing.

Tedc
09-17-2008, 09:41 AM
.....and from a company stand point, we aren't making any money if the meters aren't spinning.


That is not entirely accurate. Reliant carries insurance for these occasions and they will get it back in some sort of storm recovery tax that will be tacked on the bills.

I am not feeling any pain for the company, but I do feel for the employees such as you. When you guys get the job completed, I hope they give bonuses to the people who made it happen.

scourge
09-17-2008, 09:48 PM
I know, and I don't feel sorry for them either, but frustrated people are told that to soften the blow about time frame, and most don't question it. We also make our money from gas, and the contractors we are receiving aren't paid by us either.

Gotta go, they are shipping me out tomorrow... not sure where, but it will probably be in the Cypress, Katy, or Fort Bend area.

jb66er
09-17-2008, 11:43 PM
Still no power, a transformer blew when they turned the power on Monday and half of the neighborhood has power and half does not, they say it will be 2 weeks before they will be repairing transformers, :foottap: but Im officially a lumberjack!

scourge
09-18-2008, 08:48 AM
that sounds about right... hopefully sooner as they were saying that we are up to 50% and closing in on 75 - 80% by next week is the goal.

Porky
09-18-2008, 09:43 AM
Come out to South Montgomery county past Tomball. No lights means no water. We are dying out here.

I did see some trees cut down and poles replaced on the street that runs into our neighborrhood, but lines still down.

Newest map says 80% restored by cob tomorrow. I sure hope so! :splits:

And I will echo the others comments. I know this is a LOT of work, and I can't tell you how much we appreciate it. A lady brought some homemade cookies to the lineman working near us. Folks, bring these people some food and treats and get them "charged" up for the long haul still ahead!

Grams
09-18-2008, 03:10 PM
Atascocita area of Humble - still no power, but cell phone signal is starting to get a little better. Centerpoint says by Monday.

Work is up but using generators.

Have a gas hot water heater and a gas stove and a full tank of propane. Can eat well and take hot showers. Grocery stores and gas stations on generators are open. Ice is available.

Got some roof damage as I have a leak in the kitchen ceiling, but no trees through the house.

I am ready for the power to be restored as I am ready for relatives to be able to go home.

But I know the utility workers are doing the best they can and the power will be on as soon as possible.

CloakNNNdagger
09-18-2008, 03:50 PM
Not expected to have power for the next week, but had my first brief access to the net. Have participated as a medical 1st responder. Sad scenes. For those of us that have only lost power, may we count our blessings and share our prayers for those that have lost much more.

'Twas The Night After Ike’ (A little humor dedicated to the "Powerless"


'Twas the night after Ike
When all through the state
Not a gas pump was pumping
Not a store open late

All the plywood was hung
On the windows with care
Knowing that a hurricane
Soon would be there

The children were ready
With flashlights in hand
While bands from the hurricane
Covered over the land

And mamma with her Mag-Lite
And I in my cap
Had just filled the bath tub
For flushing our crap

When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter
I sprang from the closet
To see what was the matter

The trees on the fence
And the neighbor's roof torn
Gave the fear of us dying
In this terrible storm

With a little wind gust
So lively and quick
I remembered quite clearly
Our walls weren't brick

More rapid than eagles
Her courses they came
And she whistled, and wafted
And surged all the same

Off shingles! Off sidings!
Off rooftops! Off power!
Down trees! Down fences!
Down trailers! Down towers!

In the center of Texas
She continued to maul
Screaming Blow Away!
Blow Away! Blow Away All!

As wind ripped and tossed
The debris through the sky
I peeked out the shutters
At cars floating by

So go to the safe-room
My family did do
With a portable radio
And batteries too

And then, in a twinkling
I heard on the set
The end was not coming
For a few hours yet!

As I calmed down the kids
And was turning around
Through the window it came
With a huge crashing sound

A tree branch it was
All covered in soot
The wind blew it smack-dab
On top of my foot

A bundle of twigs
Now lay in a stack
And my living room looks
Like it was under attack

The wind - how it howled!
The storm - very scary!
Myself and the family
Were all too unwary

The dangers of hurricanes
Are serious, you know
They are taken for granted
As Ike did show

With the winds dying down
And the danger beneath
I noticed my tool shed
Was missing its sheath

So I grabbed my last tarp
And nailed it on down
Then I got in my car
And I headed to town

The traffic was awful
And stores had no ice
My five gallon cooler
Would have to suffice

Generators were scarce
Not one left in town
There were trees on the roads
And power lines down

I looked side to side
No CenterPoint here
This only resulted
In compounded fear

And in the midst of
This peculiar scurge
The question of
Another storm emerged

I sprang to the car
And gave my family a whistle
Then away we all went
Like a Tomahawk missile

You could hear us exclaim
As we drove out of sight
"Fare well to this place,
San Antone seems just right!"

Texan_Bill
09-18-2008, 04:45 PM
Nicely done CnD!!! Repped.

Buffi2
09-18-2008, 05:51 PM
Great Job, CnD - rep

scourge
09-18-2008, 08:31 PM
To those who care about what we are doing...

We have had a few deaths so far and numerous injuries, one of which was an injury to one of our tree cutting crew members and a chain saw cut through his thigh to the bone.

Today, Richard Grasshoff had a stroke while getting crews lined up for todays work. He is the Director of Field Operations in Greenspoint. He was still conscious when he was placed on the stretcher, and as they were loading him in the ambulance he raised an arm into the air and shouted, "I'll be back in 2 days!" Sure enough, by 3pm he was calling and barking orders by phone. He is one of the hardest working men you will ever meet. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers if you would.

I teared up today. It was only the 3rd time I had done so in the last 8 years i have been with my wife. The first time was when my cat had leukimia and I held his paw and scratched his ears as they put him down to ease his suffering. The second, was when my daughter got sick at 3 months and was in pain, and there wasn't anything i could do to make her feel better.

But these tears were of relief. As I was driving out to yet another job site and hadn't eaten in 7 hours, I saw a convoy of trucks coming up behind me pretty fast. It was a contract crew. Typically, we just wave at each other, but this time as I waved, the driver of the lead truck stuck his head out the window, pointed foward and yelled, "Don't worry boys, we're gonna kick some ass!" I threw my fist in the air in response, and as each of the other trucks passed, they all honked and threw their fists up as well. It was their enthusiam that got me. Sure, they are really doing it for the money, but to look excited to be there and help was what really got to me, especially after everything we are going through.

I know everyone is tired of being without lights. I, too, am without lights. But we are working ourselved to death to get things up as soon as humanly possible. No matter how irritating it may be for you, try and go without lights and still put in the hours we do. 5 minutes a night with my daughter, and that's if she's awake, isn't enough.

Enough of that now, just wanted to get this out.

Sorry to everyone who wants power yesterday, I do too.

*edit* good thing I was wearing my sunglasses, and my partner was talking to his wife on his cell phone, or I would've never heard the end of it had he seen me.

scourge
09-18-2008, 08:34 PM
Now that I'm done rambling about what things that are affecting us workers, here is some good/bad news depending on where your zipcode lies. This and other maps and such can be found on CenterPointEnergy.com


Houston - Sept. 17, 2008 – CenterPoint Energy announced today that based on damage assessment data obtained over the last few days, the company projects the following timeline, indicating approximately 80 percent restoration per region:

The following zip codes are estimated to have substantial power restoration by the end of day on Friday, September 19:

77065, 77094, 77095, 77354, 77355, 77356, 77362, 77375, 77377, 77382, 77384, 77418, 77420, 77423, 77429, 77430, 77433, 77434, 77435, 77441, 77444, 77445, 77447, 77449, 77450, 77461, 77468, 77469, 77471, 77474, 77479, 77482, 77484, 77486, 77488, 77493, 77494

The following zip codes are estimated to have substantial power restoration by the end of day on Monday, September 22:

77024, 77031, 77032, 77039, 77041, 77042, 77043, 77050, 77055, 77072, 77077, 77079, 77080, 77082, 77083, 77084, 77092, 77099, 77336, 77338, 77339, 77346, 77357, 77365, 77373, 77386, 77396, 77459, 77477, 77478, 77479, 77511, 77515, 77534, 77577, 77583

The following zip codes have sustained extensive damage, and will therefore have a restoration timeline that extends beyond Monday, September 22:

77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007, 77008, 77009, 77010, 77011, 77012, 77013, 77014, 77015, 77016, 77017, 77018, 77019, 77020, 77021, 77022, 77023, 77025, 77026, 77027, 77028, 77029, 77030, 77033, 77034, 77035, 77036, 77037, 77038, 77040, 77044, 77045, 77046, 77047, 77048, 77051, 77053, 77054, 77056, 77057, 77058, 77059, 77060, 77061, 77062, 77063, 77064, 77066, 77067, 77068, 77069, 77070, 77071, 77073, 77074, 77075, 77076, 77078, 77081, 77085, 77086, 77087, 77088, 77089, 77090, 77091, 77093, 77096, 77098, 77379, 77380, 77386, 77388, 77389, 77401, 77422, 77459, 77489, 77502, 77503, 77504, 77505, 77506, 77507, 77510, 77515, 77517, 77518, 77520, 77521, 77530, 77531, 77532, 77534, 77535, 77536, 77539, 77541, 77545, 77546, 77547, 77550, 77551, 77554, 77562, 77563, 77565, 77566, 77568, 77571, 77573, 77578, 77581, 77583, 77584, 77586, 77587, 77590, 77591, 77598

Bull Pen 1
09-19-2008, 04:21 AM
Thank You

power workers, I now have electricity and water.

I have never been so happy to do laundry.

scourge
09-19-2008, 05:58 AM
CND, that made me laugh... good stuff. rep

scourge
09-19-2008, 06:10 AM
My family and I are fine here in Cut N Shoot.

My house is fine even though I was outside for 4 hours pumping water from my house to keep from flooding during the hurricane.

No power (I do have a generator with limited gas) gas lines are 2 to 3 hours long, and had to go back to work monday just to sit around for 8 hours.

No water


Preston, be careful out there. A postman died yesterday in River Oaks. Apparently he had grabbed a chain link fence that had a low hanging power line touching it that was hot. At least, that's what i've heard about how(rumor?) it happened. Haven't seen the report yet, but it was sent out to us through our pager that it happened while grabbing the fence.

Vinny
09-19-2008, 12:44 PM
a shout out to all the insurance adjusters that came in from other states. My Farmers insurance adjuster is in from Missouri and has had to sleep in his truck the last few days since he hasn't been able to find a motel room. He is a young guy and said he would most likely be here for a year even though he has a wife and kids back home. I called my insurance on Monday and the adjuster was here exactly when he said he would be on Thursday...a big thanks to the guys who came down to assist us.

Mr teX
09-19-2008, 01:37 PM
Now that I'm done rambling about what things that are affecting us workers, here is some good/bad news depending on where your zipcode lies. This and other maps and such can be found on CenterPointEnergy.com


Houston - Sept. 17, 2008 – CenterPoint Energy announced today that based on damage assessment data obtained over the last few days, the company projects the following timeline, indicating approximately 80 percent restoration per region:

The following zip codes are estimated to have substantial power restoration by the end of day on Friday, September 19:

77065, 77094, 77095, 77354, 77355, 77356, 77362, 77375, 77377, 77382, 77384, 77418, 77420, 77423, 77429, 77430, 77433, 77434, 77435, 77441, 77444, 77445, 77447, 77449, 77450, 77461, 77468, 77469, 77471, 77474, 77479, 77482, 77484, 77486, 77488, 77493, 77494

The following zip codes are estimated to have substantial power restoration by the end of day on Monday, September 22:

77024, 77031, 77032, 77039, 77041, 77042, 77043, 77050, 77055, 77072, 77077, 77079, 77080, 77082, 77083, 77084, 77092, 77099, 77336, 77338, 77339, 77346, 77357, 77365, 77373, 77386, 77396, 77459, 77477, 77478, 77479, 77511, 77515, 77534, 77577, 77583

The following zip codes have sustained extensive damage, and will therefore have a restoration timeline that extends beyond Monday, September 22:

77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007, 77008, 77009, 77010, 77011, 77012, 77013, 77014, 77015, 77016, 77017, 77018, 77019, 77020, 77021, 77022, 77023, 77025, 77026, 77027, 77028, 77029, 77030, 77033, 77034, 77035, 77036, 77037, 77038, 77040, 77044, 77045, 77046, 77047, 77048, 77051, 77053, 77054, 77056, 77057, 77058, 77059, 77060, 77061, 77062, 77063, 77064, 77066, 77067, 77068, 77069, 77070, 77071, 77073, 77074, 77075, 77076, 77078, 77081, 77085, 77086, 77087, 77088, 77089, 77090, 77091, 77093, 77096, 77098, 77379, 77380, 77386, 77388, 77389, 77401, 77422, 77459, 77489, 77502, 77503, 77504, 77505, 77506, 77507, 77510, 77515, 77517, 77518, 77520, 77521, 77530, 77531, 77532, 77534, 77535, 77536, 77539, 77541, 77545, 77546, 77547, 77550, 77551, 77554, 77562, 77563, 77565, 77566, 77568, 77571, 77573, 77578, 77581, 77583, 77584, 77586, 77587, 77590, 77591, 77598


hey scourge, since your in the know somewhat, I'm out in the Humble atascocita area & i was wondering if you knew specifically what's the major issue out here b/c i've been driving around our zip code & the power lines & whatnot look ok, but we're still in the dark out here. Yesterday our lights flickered on for about 2.5 hours & then went back off again. I haven't seen a centerpoint truck out here in my neighborhood since that day. Did they just run into some unforeseen problems?


By the way, i really appreciate how hard you guys are working even though i haven't seen the fruits of that labor out my way yet, you guys should get a substantial raise once this ordeal is done.

Texan_Lee
09-19-2008, 02:52 PM
Hello everyone,

Finally at a location where I can receive a strong enough signal to get my Blackberry online, so thought I would give an update here...

We are one of the many groups still without power, and to be honest, it isn't all that bad to me... Saves me $$$ on my next light bill :-). The only damage I have to my house is a few shingles missing and part of my fence went down, but that seems to be the most of it.

Business has almost completely come to a stop, which is not a good thing for us, but somehow we will get thru and moving again.

My area of town is on the list of possibly having power today, so I am patiently waiting my turn on the grid...

I do have to send out a personal thank you to all the volunteers, emergency crews, and everyone else who are working their butts off to try and help others in this devistation. Your hard work and assistance has not gone unnoticed and unappreciated. I have made a point to try and stop to thank everyone I see just to say thank you and God bless!

scourge
09-19-2008, 03:01 PM
hey scourge, since your in the know somewhat, I'm out in the Humble atascocita area & i was wondering if you knew specifically what's the major issue out here b/c i've been driving around our zip code & the power lines & whatnot look ok, but we're still in the dark out here. Yesterday our lights flickered on for about 2.5 hours & then went back off again. I haven't seen a centerpoint truck out here in my neighborhood since that day. Did they just run into some unforeseen problems?


By the way, i really appreciate how hard you guys are working even though i haven't seen the fruits of that labor out my way yet, you guys should get a substantial raise once this ordeal is done.

I live in that area too. I will send you a pm to get some info from you to better assess your specific area.

steelbtexan
09-19-2008, 05:21 PM
I live in that area too. I will send you a pm to get some info from you to better assess your specific area.

Scourage

If you get the time I would appreciate it if you would PM me too. I live in the part of Kingwood that does not have power.

THANKS FOR THE GREAT JOB YOU GUYS ARE DOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sincerely
Steel B

scourge
09-19-2008, 05:35 PM
sent

brakos82
09-19-2008, 05:42 PM
They've added a Sept. 25th timecheck for those who were after the 22nd. Check it here. (http://www.centerpointenergy.com/staticfiles/CNP/Common/SiteAssets/doc/Est_Restoration_ZipCode_Esize_091908.pdf)

Vinny
09-19-2008, 06:04 PM
They've added a Sept. 25th timecheck for those who were after the 22nd. Check it here. (http://www.centerpointenergy.com/staticfiles/CNP/Common/SiteAssets/doc/Est_Restoration_ZipCode_Esize_091908.pdf)

good god...I've been moved back to next Thursday or later.

scourge
09-19-2008, 06:07 PM
we had discussed it today... hadn't seen it yet until now. No bueno for me.

brakos82
09-19-2008, 06:09 PM
My home's in the 25th section, and I'm in the 22nd section.

GlassHalfFull
09-19-2008, 06:34 PM
My neighbors are all getting power. But not me!!!! :hairpull:

Dread-Head
09-19-2008, 08:08 PM
Hurricane Alicia was MUCH worse than this. Besides I went through *MCT so a week sleeping in the dark and cuddling an assault weapon were a trip down memory lane to me. The only differences?

a. No NCO's
b. a roof over my head that WASN'T made of canvas.
c. no 20 humps
d. a toilet that flushed
e. a phone

Taking a cold shower wasn't the highlight of the week but in the grand scheme of things there are people who live this way all the time. We only had to do it briefly. We're fortunate.


lol! My rep # is "69"! The small busty one in my avitar should get a kick out of that.

scourge
09-19-2008, 09:04 PM
From a time standpoint as far as outages, that is true so far. power was out during Alicia in many areas for 17 days. This has only been 7 days and 1 million customers already have power. The destruction of Galveston will probably make this one worse by that measure. But as far as damage goes, this one is far greater. Ike was high Cat2 winds with Cat4 storm surge. Houston has never seen such devastation. When it hit Huntsville it was still a Cat1. Ike had the strength to run up passed New York. Alicia has nothing on Ike.

and Louisiana still isn't completely up from Gustav. Feel sorry for them.

Revolution
09-19-2008, 09:36 PM
Hurricane Alicia was MUCH worse than this. Besides I went through *MCT so a week sleeping in the dark and cuddling an assault weapon were a trip down memory lane to me. The only differences?

a. No NCO's
b. a roof over my head that WASN'T made of canvas.
c. no 20 humps
d. a toilet that flushed
e. a phone

Taking a cold shower wasn't the highlight of the week but in the grand scheme of things there are people who live this way all the time. We only had to do it briefly. We're fortunate.


lol! My rep # is "69"! The small busty one in my avitar should get a kick out of that.


I've lived through both and Alicia was nothing like this. Ike was FAAAAR worse. No question about it!

The busty one is HOT. So your rep is passing 69...sorry dude!!!!

Tedc
09-20-2008, 07:26 AM
My neighbors are all getting power. But not me!!!! :hairpull:

Yeah, but you can spend all the time you want at your neighbors house.

I won the electricity lottery last night. Order has now been restored. I continue to root for the ones that don't have power.

Arky
09-20-2008, 11:49 AM
I'm in New Caney (Entergy) and my neighborhood was a mess. I did not attempt to leave the house until Monday due to the heavy rainwater in the streets. When I took the initial tour and saw the tangled mess of downed trees on power lines, my first guess was 2-3 weeks for repair. The next day, the streets were crawling with power guys, neighbors chainsawing trees and tree crews cutting up trees. Danged if the power didn't come back on by midnight Thursday night. The phone lines (and DSL) came on shortly thereafter. So, 6-7 days without power and telephone.... I think I was *very* lucky.... Water quality and pressure were good the whole time... I have a little generator for TV/lights/fan/electric ice chest so not too much hardship - saw a pretty good MNF game....

My parents are in Clear Lake (77062) and had power by Tuesday....

Joe Texan
09-20-2008, 11:59 AM
I for one would like to thank all the electric guys and the asplound tree guys for thier hard work in returning the Houston Infastructure of electricity to its peak performance. I would like all to take into consideration that while they are working to get our power on they are also rebuilding the whole system of the gulf region. Have some compassion for these guys as they are working as hard as they can. Quit asking for a favor and thank them for the work they are doing.

From the bottom of my heart I thank you Scourge, and all of your peers who have spent long hours to help us.

nunusguy
09-20-2008, 12:59 PM
Just got back online here in our block in Bay Knoll of 77062 in Clear Lake. If I ever had any doubts about how important power is in our lives, I never will again. And did I miss my internet & TV !
Landscaping got torn a new one, but structurealy our house is in good shape (less some guttering and fenses, that's about it).
And kudos to our real first-responders - HEB, Wal-Mart, Sams, Krogers. I for one don't need no stinkin FEMA and suggest this kind of storm recovery work be permanently contracted out to the private sector.

scourge
09-20-2008, 01:33 PM
I'm in New Caney (Entergy) and my neighborhood was a mess. I did not attempt to leave the house until Monday due to the heavy rainwater in the streets. When I took the initial tour and saw the tangled mess of downed trees on power lines, my first guess was 2-3 weeks for repair. The next day, the streets were crawling with power guys, neighbors chainsawing trees and tree crews cutting up trees. Danged if the power didn't come back on by midnight Thursday night. The phone lines (and DSL) came on shortly thereafter. So, 6-7 days without power and telephone.... I think I was *very* lucky.... Water quality and pressure were good the whole time... I have a little generator for TV/lights/fan/electric ice chest so not too much hardship - saw a pretty good MNF game....

My parents are in Clear Lake (77062) and had power by Tuesday....

Yah, a co-worker of mine lives off of 1314 and was told it would be between Sept. 26- Oct. 1. Man was he excited to see the lights on Thurday night.



And thanks, Joe. Getting your power back on asap is the least i can do for all the tailgating and breakfasts and dinners we used to attend together. :tiphat:

scourge
09-20-2008, 01:40 PM
Just got back online here in our block in Bay Knoll of 77062 in Clear Lake. If I ever had any doubts about how important power is in our lives, I never will again. And did I miss my internet & TV !
Landscaping got torn a new one, but structurealy our house is in good shape (less some guttering and fenses, that's about it).
And kudos to our real first-responders - HEB, Wal-Mart, Sams, Krogers. I for one don't need no stinkin FEMA and suggest this kind of storm recovery work be permanently contracted out to the private sector.

I now have mold in my daughters ceiling from a hole in my roof. Insurance won't cover it, and from what i understand, I don't qualify for FEMA due to actually having insurance and being middle class. From what my wife tells me, it isn't a very big hole, but i wouldn't know 'cause I am never home during daylight. Luckily, my company brought a crew over to my house and secured a large tarp across the side of my house to prevent further leaking so I wouldn't miss any time here. Now I just gotta wait until I'm done and figure out how much damage is going to be there when I have some time off. Sounds very costly.

And I agree, kudos to the supermarkets that opened up as quickly as they did. Once the 1st few days passed, my wife was able to get gas reasonably easy and buy more supplies for the wait.

Speedy
09-20-2008, 09:30 PM
Power is ON!!!!

7 days, 18 hours, 42 minutes in the dark.

Major props to Aspen Tree Service (The Big Hungry) from Michigan, and to FPL (Florida Power & Light Co.) out of Jupiter, Florida, for getting us back on line.

TheIronDuke
09-20-2008, 09:46 PM
I now have mold in my daughters ceiling from a hole in my roof. Insurance won't cover it, and from what i understand, I don't qualify for FEMA due to actually having insurance and being middle class. From what my wife tells me, it isn't a very big hole, but i wouldn't know 'cause I am never home during daylight. Luckily, my company brought a crew over to my house and secured a large tarp across the side of my house to prevent further leaking so I wouldn't miss any time here. Now I just gotta wait until I'm done and figure out how much damage is going to be there when I have some time off. Sounds very costly.

And I agree, kudos to the supermarkets that opened up as quickly as they did. Once the 1st few days passed, my wife was able to get gas reasonably easy and buy more supplies for the wait.

Yeah, FEMA is not for us Houstonians apparently. I was turned down by them too. Funny how almost all the residents of New Orleans were given freaking debit cards with no questions asked and no one I know is approved for any help from FEMA. I sustained quite a bit of damage myself and am still without power and I qualify for exactly jack crap.

threetoedpete
09-21-2008, 01:27 AM
I've lived through both and Alicia was nothing like this. Ike was FAAAAR worse. No question about it!

The busty one is HOT. So your rep is passing 69...sorry dude!!!!

We're Ok. Lost my LNB on the satellite, but other than that, gravy. Saw an old school chum on 13. His house in Lakewood subdivisoin in Baytown looks like they usually do after they get flooded. Been there. Done that.
Move west and North young man.
If you were on the east side of the storm, you got bombed. Chambers county and Baytown are a mess. They may rebuild The west end of Galveston. Bolivar looks like its gone. Even if you could rebuild there, why would you ? At some point someone is going to have to say enough is enough and Kelo the properties near the water. We were lucky with this storm. If the dry air from the typhoon that hit Baja California had not been pushed off the Texas coast and the eye wall of Ike would have reformed, it would of wiped everything from downtown to Chambers county off the face of the earth. Big difference in Rita @ 889 millibars of pressure and this one at 953 mb.

Dread-Head
09-21-2008, 02:48 AM
I've lived through both and Alicia was nothing like this. Ike was FAAAAR worse. No question about it!

The busty one is HOT. So your rep is passing 69...sorry dude!!!!

LOL She'd be happy to hear you say that. She's in the middle of one of those "I'm fat...you're just saying I'm not because you care about me" phases.

Señor Stan
09-21-2008, 03:42 AM
Just got back online here in our block in Bay Knoll of 77062 in Clear Lake. If I ever had any doubts about how important power is in our lives, I never will again. And did I miss my internet & TV !
Landscaping got torn a new one, but structurealy our house is in good shape (less some guttering and fenses, that's about it).
And kudos to our real first-responders - HEB, Wal-Mart, Sams, Krogers. I for one don't need no stinkin FEMA and suggest this kind of storm recovery work be permanently contracted out to the private sector.


Don't leave out the folks at Coca-Cola...

My counterparts in Houston absolutely busted butt getting product onto the shelves. I was on multiple conference calls last week getting thousands of cases of bottled water out of our facility to the Houston area. There were Coke employees there the DAY OF the storm still stocking shelves with water.

Hats off to the whole Houston community for stepping up. Makes me proud.

GlassHalfFull
09-21-2008, 05:27 AM
We went out to eat last night for the first time since Ike hit. It was nice to see more lights around, but there are still dark places. Ice in drinks and airconditioning were a nice break.

I really miss our cool front, it is too hot to sleep at night the last two nights. My husband heads out of town today for 4 days, this is going to be a long week.

scourge
09-21-2008, 01:46 PM
I was informed this morning that Humble is being pushed back again. Apparently, the damage on the laterals was much worse than they had hoped. It is now set for about 8 days from now. And even they admitted that is a lofty goal. If you are in these areas and don't have power, I feel your pain. Especially if you are in the west side of 59... Deerbrook Estates, Foxwood, Saddle Ridge, Cypresswood, etc. Major damage in those areas. I am hosed.


On a plus note, anyone in the Spring Lakes subdivision that still doesn't have power, I found 4 fuses blown and turned in a trouble ticket. Depending on how busy our 2-man crews are, should be repaired today or tomorrow. Hopefully not any longer. Also, yesterday I went and field checked 27 schools in the Aldine School District. I found minor problems on about 13 or so, so those should be up and running soon. Going out to check Klein today after I get done with my lunch. I think i have about 12 or so to troubleshoot.

scourge
09-21-2008, 03:33 PM
Just got back in and here's a quick update....

Klein ISD and Spring ISD are being worked on now... a few of them should be ready soon.

For those who live in Chasewood, just west of 249, you will be powered up here very shortly. The lines crews were just finishing up, only a tree removal remains before we test the circuit. Hopefully, the laterals are good to go, so no one is left in the dark. you can thank our contractors from Virginia for that.... Those guys are awesome.

My only complaint now, other than being without power for another week, is that I am in and out non stop. I would rather be out all day. Or maybe half a day in, half a day out. This go out for an hour or 2 doing trouble shooting and inspecting, coming in and doing computer work and coordinating with foreign crew leaders for an hour or so back and forth all day is ludicrous i say.

Oh, and I can still hear baby Jesus crying after listening to the game on the radio today. :gun:

Texans_Chick
09-21-2008, 03:54 PM
Don't leave out the folks at Coca-Cola...

My counterparts in Houston absolutely busted butt getting product onto the shelves. I was on multiple conference calls last week getting thousands of cases of bottled water out of our facility to the Houston area. There were Coke employees there the DAY OF the storm still stocking shelves with water.

Hats off to the whole Houston community for stepping up. Makes me proud.


My priorities are so messed up that I freaked out when we were getting low on Diet Cokes. The husband was drinking them all. I would rather run out of water than Diet Coke. Yeah, that is messed up. But we all have our vices.

Chance_C
09-22-2008, 12:45 PM
Live right here at Lake Livingston (not actually on the lake). Pretty good bit of damage here, and I thought I would give a quick shout out to all the people who gave their time and effort to get our lives back to normal. Makes me proud to be an American. My kids had to go back to school today, and they were dreading it.