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Hurricane Harvey #4 Update

Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey, which is now a topical depression, just will not go away. It is chilling over the Texas coast dumping more and more rain.

The problems with Harvey are huge. With most disaster planning, you plan for an event to hit and area then you have an opportunity to come in and begin to assess the problem rather quickly. Once you assess the problem you can bring in the resources to fix the problem. Harvey just keeps going, on and on. There is not been a real opportunity to assess the problem. Many areas have simply remained as they are.

Weather Channel:

Tropical Storm Harvey has drifted back over the Gulf of Mexico and will meander near the upper Texas coast the next few days, bringing more torrential rainfall to the flooded Houston metro area, piling onto record-breaking, catastrophic flooding.

Localized storm-total rain amounts of up to 50 inches are not out of the question once Harvey’s rain is finished later this week. This may end up being one of the worst flood disasters in U.S. history.

Through Monday evening, parts of southeast Texas have received more than 35 inches of rain since Thursday evening.

The top rainfall total is 39.72 inches near Dayton, Texas, which is located well northeast of Houston. This is the fourth-greatest rainfall amount associated with a Texas tropical cyclone on record, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach.

Some believe that when the rain finally stops the Texas coast will recover quickly.  Texas is NOT Louisiana and Houston is NOT New Orleans. Houston is an economic powerhouse. Therefore, a lot of money will pour into Houston in order to repair things quickly. I predict that the recovery will be extremely spotty. Some places like Houston and Galveston will see a ton of money pour in while places like Freeport which took a direct hit from the Category 4 Hurricane will be slow, painfully slow to see recovery money.

More rain is expected over Southeast Texas. I continue to pray for the safety of the good people of Texas and Louisiana.

Out of all of the awful images out of Hurricane Harvey and there have been tons, this is the worst.

Nursing home residents all stuck in several feet of water. Heartbreaking. Thankfully, help did come.

Update: Damn. I really, really hate to type this but the Levees have broken. The worst nightmares of Katrina are rushing back into my memory.

From CNN:

The catastrophic flooding that has already swallowed thousands of homes in Texas could get worse after a levee breached south of Houston.

“Get out now!” Brazoria County officials tweeted Tuesday.

The levee breached after inland waterways rapidly swelled to major flood stage, county spokeswoman Sharon Trower said.

“The Brazos River is being pounded, and all of that water is coming down from the tributaries and creeks into the river,” she said. “All the roads around us are flooded. We don’t have any evacuation routes to tell people to take.” (more…)

Senator Coburn – Ask your neighbors and not your government for help

The heartlessness of Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is bad enough, but look at the reaction of the crowd. It is rather heart-wrenching to watch. Coburn basically tells a woman whose husband has a brain injury to go and panhandle his neighbors. If I get a break at work, I’ll have more to say on this terrible scene.

From Slate:

Writing in the New Republic‘s health care blog, the Treatment, Harold Pollock, a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, said that when he saw this clip neither he nor his wife, a clinical nurse specialist, “could … believe what we were watching.”

Neither could I. Here’s a transcript:

Q: Sen. Coburn, we need help. My husband has traumatic brain injury. His health insurance will not cover him to eat and drink. And what I need to know is: Are you going to help him? Where he can eat and drink? We left the nursing home, and they told us we are on our own. He left with a feeding tube. I have been working with him, but I’m not a speech pathologist, a professional that takes six years for a masters’, and I’m trying to get him to eat and drink again [inaud].

A: Well, I think—first of all, yeah. We’ll help. The first thing we will do is to see what we can do, individually, to help you, through our office. But the other thing that is missing in this debate is us as neighbors, helping people that need our help. [Applause.] You know we tend to … [Applause.] The idea that the government is a solution to our problems is an inaccurate, a very inaccurate statement.

Pollock, his wife, and Philip Pizzo, dean of Stanford Medical School, found Coburn’s answer to be deeply disturbing. I did, too, of course. But what truly shocked and depressed me was not Coburn’s let-’em-eat-cake response but the fact that it wasn’t met in the room with a collective sharp intake of breath. Instead, Coburn received two quite robust bursts of applause. I have no idea how Congress and the White House can possibly sell health care reform to people like that. (more… )

Thanks to Political Animal for pointing this video out to me.

Meet Debbie Shank who got sued by Wal-Mart

The Wal-Mart story getting more play since Keith Olbermann first talked about in his Worst Person in the World segment.

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From CNN.com:

Debbie Shank breaks down in tears every time she’s told that her 18-year-old son, Jeremy, was killed in Iraq.

The 52-year-old mother of three attended her son’s funeral, but she continues to ask how he’s doing. When her family reminds her that he’s dead, she weeps as if hearing the news for the first time.

Shank suffered severe brain damage after a traffic accident nearly eight years ago that robbed her of much of her short-term memory and left her in a wheelchair and living in a nursing home. (more…)