I wasn’t sure how to talk about Hurricane Harvey or even if I should even discuss it on the podcast. While I experienced some flooding issues related to my garden and yard, my house is still in tact. That said, I think it was and is valuable to talk about the storm and other natural disasters I’ve experienced first hand or adjacently. It’s a long episode, an hour, and honestly I can’t believe I talked to myself for an hour! I delve into some flooding events I remember as a kid and then work my way through various tropical systems I experienced starting in college and then through my years of living in Florida. I didn’t even talk about Hurricane Katrina (an internet friend lost everything), Hurricane Ike (hit Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula, affecting people I know in Galveston and Houston), or even Irma and Maria from this year.
Even if you don’t experience tropical weather events maybe you experience droughts frequently (hi there, California!) or wildfires (hello again, California! And you too, Oregon and Washington!) or you get tornadoes every spring or deal with floods because you are adjacent to a river system. Hopefully you are just really damn lucky and picked the best place to live and haven’t been affected by a natural disaster yet—I really do hope!
We all have something to work on in our gardens and lives to better prepare for a natural disaster and as I mention in the podcast, our gardens are not permanent. We must make do with what we’re given and hope for the best.
Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere
My Flood Event Write Ups
July 2012 Flood:
The Adventure I Wasn’t Planning On
Memorial Day 2016 Flood:
500 Year Flood
The Garden Before the Flood aka: 500 Year Flood Day 2
Fort Worth 1949 Flood
1949 Flood YouTube Video
The Flood of Forty-Nine: People in Trees, Horses on Roofs
Fort Worth Flashback: 1949 flood called worst in our history
Aerial View of Flood in Fort Worth in 1949
The FWPD Collection – Fort Worth Flood of 1949
In Fort Worth’s ’49 flood, West 7th was underwater, and that wasn’t all
1994 San Jacinto River Flood
River of Fire: Remembering the flood of 1994
The Flood of October 1994 Revisited
San Jacinto River Flood YouTube video
Flood of 1994: History could repeat itself
USGS Floods in SE Texas: October 1994
2004 Hurricane Season
Taken by Storm
2005 Hurricane Season
2005 Hurricanes by the Numbers
Houston’s Memorial Day 2015 Flood
Houston Flood 2015: How Does It Compare to Allison and Other Historic Floods?
Central Texas’ Memorial Day 2015 Flood
The Central Texas Memorial Day Flood 2015 Is One for the History Books
When The River Rises: The Wimberley Floods of Memorial Day Weekend 2015
Bastrop State Park Dam break
Houston’s 2016 Memorial Day Flood
Magnolia Welcomes Sun After Rain Flood Community
Top photos from the 2016 Memorial Day weekend floods
HCFCD Spring 2016 Flood
Why Houston Isn’t Ready for Harvey
Space City Weather’s Harvey Write-ups Lots of good links in their post Harvey reporting, but reading their up to the hour forecasts is worth doing.
Everyone Knew Houston’s Reservoirs Would Flood — Except for the People Who Bought Homes Inside Them
Texas Monthly Harvey Archives
Voices From the Storm from Texas Monthly
Hurricane Harvey NOAA Aerial Imagery
The forgotten but freakish damage from Hurricane Harvey’s eyewall in Rockport, Tex.
Hurricane Harvey Rockport YouTube Video
Slideshow: For southeast Texas, recovery after Harvey is slow
Town After Town Under Water in the 100 Miles From Houston to Beaumont
Hey everyone – so if you've read my latest blog post, you know that we have evacuated our flooded home, and have taken refuge with the family of my daughter's best friend. Their neighbourhood has been dry over this whole ordeal, but this morning, we woke up to this: sunny skies, but flooded streets. Because they've been releasing water from the overflowing reservoirs, the flooding continues despite the clear skies. Previously-untouched communities are now experiencing some street flooding (and worse – emergency evacuations continue), and we hear our house likely has another foot of water in it. The good news: we still believe that the neighbourhood where we're staying will escape the worst of it, and we might have a line on a place to stay and a car we can use from IMMENSELY generous friends. In the grand scheme of things, our family remains very lucky. #harvey #hurricaneharvey
Karen’s Harvey related blog posts. She has more interspersed over the last few months, be sure to check them out.
Last night/early this morning hubs & his friend struck out to go get our LA friend's daughter. They were surrounded by water and it was inching in on their 1 story home. This was taken from the driver's seat with hub's friend wading in front of the truck measuring the depth. A 12 mile round trip took 2.5 hours but everyone made it back safe! Areas we thought would stay dry are now under and it's still raining. Supplies are running short & there are only a few stores open with hundreds waiting in line. Our area wasn't prepared for this. #hurricaneharvey2017
From podcast guest Nicole Poole.
I've slept about 30 minutes tonight. 17+ inches of rain in the last 6 hours and still coming down. Houston is quite literally under water. Our street is flooded but thankfully it's staying a couple feet shy of the house. Have spent several tornado warnings huddled in the closet. Anxiously awaiting daylight.
Still raining but not heavily so water is receding somewhat in our area. I won't really know the extent of what is worth keeping for a few more days. Just very thankful we haven't had water in the house like so any others are going through. #gardensofinstagram #texasgarden #zone9a #gardens #gardening #houston #hurricaneharvey #txwx #houwx #ediblegarden #flood #houstongarden #inmygarden #gardenlife #potager #lobotany #instagardenlovers
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And we've made it through Round One. Everything's still standing. Everything is very wet. We, unlike so many other neighbors, are safe and have our home. Alex and I had plenty of worries about what would await us when the waters receded enough to allow us entrance to the farm, and we have indeed been lucky. As we drove the road that leads to our farm and saw home after home underwater, cars completely submerged, fields that are now vast gulfs, people ferrying themselves down their streets in boats– the feelings of gratitude and sorrow have nearly overwhelmed us. We are so, so lucky, and we are so sad for those who have lost their homes and businesses. Offers of hospitality, labor and goodwill have come from so many of y'all out there. We are beyond grateful for them– your hearts have made all the fear much easier to bear. Round Two is still out there, and I hope we can hold fast through that one as well. We hope to offer the same generosity and selfless goodwill we've seen all around us; we'll all pick up and work together. Thank you, everyone. Our love and thoughts to those who have lost, we are holding you in our thoughts ceaselessly. #hurricaneharvey
Creek at the end of the street is out of banks at 130'. Top of banks is 122'. The neighbors septic is bubbling in his front yard, a good reminder to stay out of the water. You can hear water rushing at the creek. Many of my neighbors will be waking up to water in their homes this morning. #hurricaneharvey
Hello Instagram Friends, we are doing well from the massive rainfall of Harvey. We came through the storm with very minimal flooding. The plants LOVED the rain and believe it or not, we are still having to water constantly this week. Houston has a long way to go in the recovery of Harvey and when the going gets tough, the tough get going. The outpouring of love and support from everyone in our local community plus the amazing support in the surrounding areas of Houston shows the cohesiveness of our country today. The city of Houston and surrounding communities are down but don't ever count us out. We have been working hard helping neighbors clean up and clear out debris from the storm. We will be open tomorrow. We would love to see you if you have a chance to stop by and say hi. You all make up the wonderful heart of Americans we have seen this past week. #houstonstrong #texasstrong #harvey
From podcast guest Leanne Tarleton
Tropical Texana blog about Harvey.
If you made it this far in the link round ups, then I highly suggest you take a dive into Erica from NW Edible Life’s preparedness 101 posts