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Remembering Hurricane Ike Nine Years Out   Leave a comment

Hurrican Ike Gulf CoastGalveston Beach Front Devastation (September 13, 2008) –Source: http://strangecosmos.com/

Water’s Rising

water’s rising, and you who were caught
in last year’s flood, you are ready to scramble
onto the roof of the car and scream

but on this lonely backstreet, with a good
meal still warm in my belly and the wine
still sweet in my mouth, there are no lights

there is no cell phone, no traffic
no friendly strangers out for a stroll —
there is only the dark, and the current

— Bryce Milligan

IkeLake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, Texas (September 13, 2008)

James and grandma-3695-blogBorn in the Eye of the Storm

A storm in the Gulf
Satellite views as big as Texas
On track for Galveston
Strong winds of medium strength
Pushing a wall of seawater

People boarding up windows
Placing valuables in cars
Preparing to run from the storm
Others preparing to shelter-in-place,
Hoping the storm will turn away

Outer bands begin coming ashore
Bringing water from the sky and the Gulf
Providing a taste of things to come
As cars head north, one is headed south
With baby to be born

Arriving at the Medical Center
The delivery process begins
Outside the winds gain strength
Choreographed with mother’s labor
Moving toward a crescendo of life

 Suddenly, there is peace and calm
As a baby is born in the eye of the storm
A prince of strength – symbol of the storm
A prince of peace – symbol of the eye
Forever in the eye of the storm.

kenne (Written for James, September 9, 2009)

Capturing The Moment — The Ghosts Of The Double Bayou   2 comments

The Ghosts of The Double Bayou — Image by kenne

The Ghosts of The Double Bayou

Full moon rising at the end of the road.
The still thick air clings to our sweaty skins,
Big drops roll down the curve in my back,
We follow the music coming from down the road.

The shadows of others reflected in the moonlight,
Drawn by the heavy blues, thicken by the air,
More real than ever in the old tin shack,
In the Double Bayou Dance Hall’s 61st wind-blown year.

Blues lovers started coming in the 1940’s
Creating generations of followers
Captured by the feeling of the blues
Returning often, or at least on Christmas Day. 

Now standing badly damaged by hurricane Ike,
Surrounded by overgrown weeds and storm debris,
Yet inside the house still rocks
By the ghost of Pete Mayes and his House Rockers.

(This was written about one of our visits to the Double Bayou Dance Hall, Christmas Day, 2002. Hurricane Ike came through September 13, 2008.)

kenne

Pete Mayes and The House Rockers — Image by kenne

2008 “Best of” Photos   Leave a comment

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A single home is left standing among debris from Hurricane Ike September 14, 2008 in Gilchrist, Texas. In its brief, but eventful life, Ike wreaked enough havoc to be blamed for over $31.5 billion in damage and nearly 150 deaths across the Caribbean and Gulf Coast. (David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images) #

There were many photographic stories in 2008.  Most depict the horrors of human conflict. However, I have selected two top stories impacting southeast Texas.

Kenne

obama-in-the-rainDemocratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama waves to the crowd at a rally in the rain at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Posted December 29, 2008 by kenneturner in Commentary, Photography

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Clean-Up Continues   1 comment

Clean-up after a storm as massive as Ike continues, and some parts of the region will remain a part of daily life for years to come.  Even areas not directly hit by Hurricane Ike are dealing with storm debris.  Padre Island National Seashore, the world’s longest barrier island and home of  the Kemp’s Ridley turtles’, has tons of debris originating hundreds of miles from home.   Meanwhile, officials continue to search for victims in southeast Texas.

Locally, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion had canceled the rest of the season due to damage from Ike, and blue tarps remain on roofs as debris continues to grow on street curbs.  Yesterday, our next door neighbor had the “downed” large oak removed, which because of its size, took the use of large equipment and several workers.  We are still waiting to get an evaluation of the status of our large “leaning” pine.

kenne

(The above image was scanned from The Villager, Thursday October 2, 2008.)

Posted October 5, 2008 by kenneturner in Family, Friends, Information

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After the Storm — 1st Day of Fall   1 comment

First Day of Fall In The Woodlands

The most common expression heard in The Woodlands is, “Things are starting to get back to normal.”  Whatever that is?

Other than being a little warmer and more humid, the weather continues to be great, which really helps in the clean-up.  Compared to southern Harris County and the coastal counties, we are doing great. In Harris County, about 1.49 million customers will have had electricity restored as of 5 a.m. Monday.  Of the 2.26 million CenterPoint Energy customers, 767,000, or about 34 percent, are still without power, according to the company.  Galveston is still a dangerous place to be. Fuel and other essentials remained scarce, and police will indefinitely enforce a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew once the island reopens Wednesday. Parts of Conroe are still without power and will be until September 29th.  Beaumont will not have all its power back until October 6th.  There is no date for Bolivar Peninsula, Sabine Pass, Taylor Landing.

Here a little specific The Woodlands information forwarded to me:

Two homes in the community were completely destroyed by Hurricane Ike and 297 sustained major damage, said Chief Alan Benson of The Woodlands Fire Department.  “We expect that number to increase by 100 or 150 more homes as we get more reports,” he said.

About 70 parks in the community had minor damage from the storm, 25 had heavy tree damage, and 15 are closed due to extensive damage, said Chris Nunes, director of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Nunes said that about 50 percent of the pathways in the community have been cleared.

Don Norrell, the general manager of the community associations, said that most of the work is covered under existing contracts with Waste Management and the Woodlands Community Services Corporation so there may not be added costs for the storm clean up.

“Blue roofs” are becoming more common in The Woodlands.  For some, it’s a reverse psychology “badge of honor!”

The photos were taken this morning around Copperknoll Circle.  The one oat, which I call The Horizontal Tree, had no problem with the storm.  Obviously, growing sideways vs. up has its benefits.

kenne

Posted September 22, 2008 by kenneturner in Family, Friends, Information

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One Week Later — September 20, 2008   4 comments

The Week That Was
No longer questioning the storm’s track,
my mission was to share the Ike experience.
In two days before Ike’s arrival, I was blogging
with no less than fourteen postings.

Either overly optimistic or just stupid,
the posting stopped 6:00 a.m. Saturday
when we lost electrical power —
so much for good intentions.

Did I underestimate Ike’s power? Yes!
We were told it would be weeks
before power would return to our community
Did I remain optimistic? Yes, expecting only days.

Did I know something others didn’t know?  No!
Only a feeling, which came true in just four days.
Yet, one week after Ike’s arrival,
fifty percent of southeast Texas lacks power.

Power or none, we all remain joined at the hip,
unable to run up the pole,
able to see the answers,
but unable to respond.

Technology allowed Ike’s menacing approach
to be viewed – we knew Ike was coming.
Yet, many were not prepared
any more than the people of 1900.

What a week!
Ike brings us back to the basics,
the simple things upon which we build a life. —
and rebuild when it is destroyed.

A bad as things have been,
we all know it could have been much worse.
Twenty-five years ago, some of us lived through Alisa
and remember well the impact on the Houston area.

It was August and very hot.
Water was not an issue,
gas and ice were difficult to obtain,
but for most the power was back on in a few days.

Still,  millions remain without power,
about to lose nature’s early fall temperatures.
Getting back to the basics reminds us,
Good things don’t last forever.

What a week!
While Ike damaged our roads and shelters
speculators and short sellers forced the
government to nationalize the financial community.

Again, we are reminded,
“It’s all about the basics!”
Too bad we have short memories,
but this too will pass.

kenne

(Photo Set)

Here are a couple of sites you might find interesting:

Big Picture

Surviving Hurricane Ike

Posted September 20, 2008 by kenneturner in Family, Friends, Information, Poetry

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