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What is happening is that many more people are trying to evacuate than were called for. There are mandatory evacuations from the coastal areas. There was a plan in place that gave a specific order and time for each city/county to hit the road. Many people further inland have decided to go ahead and go before they were called to do so. Therefore, the roadways are overwhelmed. I watched the local news just now. It is a parking lot all the way to Buffalo TX. and there is no fuel to be had. People ARE running out of gas after sitting on the road in gridlock for 10-12 hours. I'm a little worried about Txstreetracer. He's supposed to be taking his wife to the airport this morning. I live right near the airport. He can probably get here, but I don't think he'll be able to get back home with the traffic backed up like it is. Local officials are saying that they didn't anticipate this kind of response to the evacuation plans. Looks like I'm stuck, whether I like it or not.
I'm a little worried about Txstreetracer. He's supposed to be taking his wife to the airport this morning. I live right near the airport. He can probably get here, but I don't think he'll be able to get back home with the traffic backed up like it is. Local officials are saying that they didn't anticipate this kind of response to the evacuation plans. Looks like I'm stuck, whether I like it or not.
Hey Mike, man, today was friggin nuts!!!! I got Janet to the airport....and she caught her flight...and landed safely in Seattle. I hit the Hardy Toll road at noon......and hit a parking lot! I drug ass along the HTR....then finally hit I45. I wanted to stop off at your place to see you.....but man, I figured I needed to keep pressing forward....so I didn't run out of gas. I made it to my brother's apartment in Conroe at 8:30PM I had half a tank of gas left. There's no gas available ANYWHERE....even if you offerred to pay $100 a gallon for it. The sides of the freeways look like carnivals......people are literally turning the sides of the freeways and feeter roads into makeshift sities.......and littering up the roads at a mad pace. The highways look like a garbage truck exploded.
I spent a couple hours at my brothers apartment......drinking some fluids, and took a short nap. He and his fiancee woke me up....so I could ride around town with them. They wanted to judge the situation in town for themselves.....to see if it was safe to stay. There's thousands of people just hanging out all over town....and there's no place to buy gas,food,water, anything....everything is boarded up. These people will become desperate as time passes......and will in turn begin to loot. We decided to pack up my brother and his fiancee's important stuff.....and haul ass out to my parents house next door. We're now encamped waiting on the bad weather....which is beginning to pound the seawall in Galveston.....the beaches are already covered with water.
I'll let you know how we're doin' asap.......
Take care Mike.......it's probably best if you didn't travel......I'd be worried about you guys....especially with your daughters......as there were alot of "seedy" looking people along the roadways and in town tonight. Batton down the hatches bro.
That's really sad to see.I would love to know how the government plans on helping those stranded on the roadways
And now another prayer for those stranded,that they keept heir sanity and don't steal from the others.Also that the hurricane DOES NOT hit where they all are<roadwise>
Wow,I really realy feel for these people
I can't help but be worried about all of these people. Sitting up here in NY, I can't begin to imagine what it's like - especially for the poor souls stuck in traffic. My deepest prayers are with you all.
I live in central Mississippi. We got slammed by Katrina. No power for a week, and downed trees everywhere, including 1 tree that wasted my truck!! I too have some folks in Splendora, Tx. I tried to get them to come here to Ms and stay with me, but they couldn,t afford it!!! I will be praying for the people of Texas and Mississippi. I thank god that he delivered me and my family from Katrina, now i will be praying for the people of Texas. I hope everyone else will 2!! Good Luck and may God Bless!! Russell firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope everyone stays safe. Rita's no joke. TX Street Racer keep us posted on how your doing and how things are there. Be safe.
Hey man, to be honest, I'm more worried about Mike AKA Captain Fred....because he lives in a neighborhood in Spring,TX. ....and there are large pine trees all round his house and neighborhood.
I've been watching the news......and the Governer and Texas Department of Transportation have been sending fuel trucks loaded with gasoline to a few spots on the highways....FREE gasoline for those stranded.....
It's not perfect....but it's a solution to getting the flow of traffic going again.
Right now the sun is shining...and it's only partly cloudy....there is a slight breeze at the moment....eerie....knowing what's coming
Mike, you and me have traded cars & TRU stories many times and I consider you a friend, Please take care! I don't know what else to say except I'll be praying for you.
Tx Street Racer, Haven't had much contact with you but your a board buddy none the less, you be careful too!!!
Don't take chances guys, either with the water or the hoodlems, times like this brings out the best and worst in people, stay away from the worst. Remember things can be replaced. I know you guys will probably lose electric and when you get it back the first thing you'll want to do is contact your families and friends, but when you get a spare moment please come here and let us know your all right!