This is the Port Bolivar Lighthouse it was built in 1872 and decommissioned in 1933. It is the only lighthouse near us that I know of that is still standing.
The salt air has rusted it but it stands tall for all to see.
During 1900 when a hurricane hit Galveston 100 people stayed in this lighthouse.
The death toll from that hurricane was somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000. The storm was a category 4 but back then there were not the warnings that are available today.
Since then we have come along way warning people of danger ahead of time so they can leave the low lying coastal communities.
We had over 30″ of rain over the course of a few days from Harvey.
It never even came close to coming in our house. When we built many years ago my father n law told us to put a 2-foot slab and we did and built the land up. Everything drained really well around here.
Some roads in our area were not passable. The stores are closed but some are supposed to reopen today.
My mom’s house took on water from it falling too fast first time ever for this to happen. My sister’s house took on water from a nearby creek causing everyone issues.
Our daughter’s house got water in the mud room. detached garage, carport, and apartment. Not in the actual house. All the animals are doing okay just a little stressed from being cooped up when they are used to roaming. The water is going down it just takes a long time when this much has fallen. We figure they got about 36″.
Things are materialistic and can be replaced. Human Life is the most important thing and our family is blessed everyone is safe and okay.
Houston we have a sunrise. Normally we take our sunrises for granted but when you have not seen once since last Friday morning it is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
For the most part, in our part of Brazoria County, we ended up with some rain about 5 3/4″ so far. They say more rain to come over the next 4 – 5 days. If it happens like this and is spread out the flooding won’t be as bad.
The wind has been pretty strong over night I would say gusting to 30 – 35 mph.
Our daughter lives about 15 minutes from us but closer to the coastal area and they were pounded overnight with winds and rain. It looks like 7 – 9 inches fell in that area according to the news.
We are waiting for daylight to see how our place looks.
There have been several tornadoes nearby but not here than we know of.
My husband spent 2 evenings trying to get out the generator to run and it would not make a spark.I spent two days on the phone and going store to store trying to find one to buy and everywhere they were sold out.
We have the most wonderful son in law David his dad had a extra generator he had gotten started so our son in law brought it here yesterday for us to have one in case we needed it.
I will update as the day goes on. We have not lost power yet.
We live near the Texas Gulf Coast between Houston and Galveston.
Hurricane Harvey is supposed to go in near Corpus Christi which would put us on the dirty side of the storm that gets all the rain. They say our area could get 21 – 28 inches of rain. Now the storm could change its mind at the last minute and not go in there they have been known to do this before. You never really know until it happens.
Right now the Gulf waters are very warm and these storms love that it allows them to increase in power. They are expecting Harvey to make it to a class 3 hurricane.
I am schelduling this post in case we lose power in the past we have been without power during hurricanes for over two weeks.
We have a generator we run for necessities and the computer is not one of those. I can access some with my phone unless the cell towers go down that too has happened in the past.
We have a really good Governor Greg Abbott he has preemptively declared a state of Disaster for 30 Texas counties and ours is one of those. We live in Brazoria County. By him doing this ahead of time it means our state would get help sooner than later.
A great big thank you to Greg Abbott.
I will post as soon as I can please keep Texas in your prayers.