… as of course you already know about 1,000 times better than I do. I just had to use that headline.
Is there anybody reading this blog who’s in a position to comment accurately on what’s happening there?
According to media reports, local officials first told Houston residents to STAY PUT. Now they’re ordering evacuations, but …
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Houston residents that even in the absence of an official evacuation order, “you need to strongly consider evacuating.”
But there was immediate pushback from Houston officials, who said they knew better.
Harris County’s emergency management spokesperson, Francisco Sanchez, responded to Abbott’s suggestion on Twitter this way:
“Local officials know best. Houston has no evacuation order. In Harris County: very limited to select communities. LOCAL LEADERS KNOW BEST.” …
Now it’s too late to leave the city, with almost every roadway in and out closed. Even Sanchez admitted as much on Twitter: “I can keep telling you to stay put, but the reality is YOU CAN’T GET ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW.”
They’re also reporting on the nine trillion ton cube of water (“two miles high, two miles wide!”), and making Harvey out to be the largest rainfall ever to hit the U.S. — with more to come. Except of course that describing rainfall in terms of cubes or other colorful terms (“fill the Great Salt Lake — twice!”) is meaningless except for impressing the rubes.
How is it … really? How is it for those of you who are there or near there?