Here on the upper Texas Gulf Coast......

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Post by Maybenaut » Sat May 11, 2019 2:12 pm

:o

Wow! Glad there was no other damage!

:bighug: to you and Mrs. V!
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Post by Volkonski » Sat May 11, 2019 4:34 pm

Maybenaut wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 2:12 pm
:o

Wow! Glad there was no other damage!

:bighug: to you and Mrs. V!
We got lucky. :)
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Post by Volkonski » Thu May 16, 2019 9:56 am

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon May 20, 2019 3:44 pm

While Mr. V is in the East, TX is slinking away


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Post by RTH10260 » Sat May 25, 2019 5:29 pm

while Mr V. is seeking shelter in the northeast, another bump happened in his TX neighbourhood
Major Gas Product Spill on Houston Ship Channel After Tanker and Barges Collide
May 11, 2019 by Mike Schuler



A unified command has been set up to respond to a major gasoline product spill in the Houston Ship after a tanker and tug pushing two barges collided near Bayport, Texas, Friday afternoon.

The unified command consists of the Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office and the barge owner, Kirby Inland Marine.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report Friday that the 755-foot tanker Genesis River and the tug Voyager collided near Light 71-74.

The tug was transporting two barges, each loaded with an estimated 25,000 barrels of the gasoline blend stock Reformate, which is both flammable and toxic to human touch and smell.


https://gcaptain.com/houston-ship-chann ... ate-spill/

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Post by Volkonski » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:48 am

And the white supremacists' heads explode.

Texas gained almost nine Hispanic residents for every additional white resident last year

https://www.texastribune.org/2019/06/20 ... ium=social
With Hispanics expected to become the largest population group in Texas as soon as 2022, new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed the Hispanic population climbed to nearly 11.4 million — an annual gain of 214,736 through July 2018 and an increase of 1.9 million since 2010.

The white population, meanwhile, grew by just 24,075 last year. Texas still has a bigger white population — up to 11.9 million last year — but it has only grown by roughly 484,000 since 2010. The white population’s growth has been so sluggish this decade that it barely surpassed total growth among Asian Texans, who make up a tiny share of the total population, in the same time period.

The estimates come as lawmakers begin to sharpen their focus on the 2021 redistricting cycle, when they’ll have to redraw the state’s congressional and legislative maps to account for population growth. And they highlight the extent to which the demographics of the state continue to shift against the Republican Party.

:snippity:

But while Hispanics’ numbers are growing the most, the state’s Asian community is growing the fastest.
Race.....2010 population....2018 population estimate...Increase
Hispanic...9,460,921.............11,368,849...............1,907,928
Black.......2,899,884..............3,441,644.................541,760
White.....11,428,638............11,912,849.................484,211
Asian.........960,543..............1,433,736.................473,193
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:44 pm

Houston firefighters rescue man stranded in high water on Highway 288

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texa ... socialflow
Terry Lewis Hill, 55, told Chron.com that he lived underneath the bridge along Brays Bayou near North MacGregor Way, and was caught in swift water as a storm blew through Houston on Monday morning. Hill crafted a raft of sorts in which he kept all of his possessions and was attempting to tie it to the guardrail along a jogging path underneath the bridge when the water overtook him, he said.

Hill was spotted struggling in the water by the Texas Department of Transportation on a camera, and called the Houston Fire Department around 7:20 a.m., according to Houston Fire Department District Chief James Watson.

Firefighters pleaded with Hill to let them assist him out of the water safely, but Hill repeatedly refused help. Firefighters threw ropes from the side of the bayou to the guardrail where Hill was stuck hoping he'd pull himself across with firefighters' help, but he insisted on staying with his raft.

It ultimately took two firefighters to enter the water and convince Hill to heed their advice and come to safety.
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Post by Volkonski » Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:16 pm

Little by little the Harvey recovery continues.

Baytown vineyard devastated by Hurricane Harvey ready to serve your next glass of wine

https://abc13.com/community-events/bayt ... e/5212338/
Just two years ago, Hurricane Harvey devastated the vineyard and brought more than a foot and a half of water inside the tasting room and cellar.

"We had probably 50 people here helping us tear up everything," said David. "One of the couples actually was going to have a wedding here."

:snippity:

Their wedding went on as scheduled, less than a month after the winery was destroyed.

"It was almost like the start of knowing that everything was going to get better eventually," said Marcia. "This place had completely been revamped, revitalized. It was kind of just a sign of what was to come as far as recovery goes."
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:27 pm

An old railroad bridge across Cedar Bayou is coming down to make way for a highway.

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:03 pm

from spring 2017

https://www.stb.gov/decisions/ReadingRo ... enDocument


UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY--ABANDONMENT AND DISCONTINUANCE EXEMPTION--IN HARRIS AND CHAMBERS COUNTY, TEX.

Environmental Review



to note: The Coast Guard wants the inoperative structure to be removed over an active traffic water way.

excerpt (UP = Union Pacific)
Historical Background

The Cedar Bayou Bridge was originally constructed in 1912 over the St. Francis River in Cody, Lee County, Arkansas as part of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway, which merged into the Missouri Pacific Railroad (Missouri Pacific) in 1917. A vertical lift span bridge design was adopted for the bridge rather than a swing or bascule span to preserve a wide navigation channel and permit continued shipping on the St. Francis River. When erected, the bridge consisted of twelve single track deck plate girder spans, one single track through riveted vertical lift span, with towers, counterweights, and operating machinery, all supported by concrete piers, as well as trestle approaches at each end. The lift span was 162 feet in length and could rise to 70-feet above the high-water mark. The full original length of the bridge was 1,069 feet.

Although the vertical lift span was rarely put into use, the bridge over the St. Francis River remained in use until 1967, when the Missouri Pacific abandoned the rail line. At the same time as that rail line was being abandoned, Missouri Pacific was constructing the Line in Baytown, Texas to serve the U.S. Steel Texas Works steel mill, which was also under construction. The Corps ruled at the time that the new crossing at Cedar Bayou, near the end of the Line, would require a high-level crossing or movable span bridge so as not to obstruct navigation in Cedar Bayou. Missouri Pacific determined that it would be costlier to construct a new high-level crossing than to move the existing vertical lift span bridge 830 miles from its original location on the St. Francis River in Arkansas to the new location in Baytown, Texas. The spans and towers were transported by barge down the Mississippi River and across the Gulf of Mexico to Baytown, where they were erected as part of an 853-foot long bridge. Some elements of the Cedar Bayou Bridge were constructed in 1967, including the substructure, the spans extending each of the east approach span, the counter weights, and the electric motor and its housing on top of the lift span. The Cedar Bayou Bridge has now been out of service for many years and is not operable for rail transportation or for other purposes. UP has estimated that the cost of repairing the bridge at between 5.5 and 8.5 million dollars and the cost of removing the bridge at approximately 2.25 million dollars.

In addition to the Cedar Bayou Bridge, there are two other bridges on the Line, both of which were constructed around the same time as the Line. The larger of these is the SR-146 Overpass, which is a steel girder bridge approximately 107 feet in length and the other is an approximately 40-foot wooden trestle bridge over a drainage ditch on the west side of Tri City Beach Road. These structures are of common design and construction and feature no notable features.

UP acquired Missouri Pacific in 1982 and the merger became official in 1997. The U.S. Steel continued to operate the mill served by the Line until 1986 and another manufacturer operated the mill for two more years. The facility was closed permanently in 1988 and the area was developed as the Cedar Point Industrial Park.

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:07 pm

Final days for Baytown bridge — Cedar Bayou landmark set to be dismantled
Christopher James Mar 15, 2019 1

The longstanding and beloved Cedar Bayou Lift Bridge will be dismantled this year, making way for a nearly 9-mile segment of the Grand Parkway.

It is unknown when exactly the bridge might be dismantled, since all five organizations involved must sign off on it first, but Janice Hayes, spokeswoman for Grand Parkway Infrastructure, said it’s “closer than we think.”


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:45 pm



Just got an alert from the city that the shelter in place order has been lifted.
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Post by AndyinPA » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:39 pm

Yikes!

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Post by Addie » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:43 pm

Reuters
Exxon fights fire at Baytown, Texas, petrochemical plant; 37 injured

BAYTOWN, Texas (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp said it was fighting a fire that erupted on Wednesday at its Baytown, Texas, refining and chemical plant complex, injuring 37 workers and sending nearby residents indoors.

More than three dozen people were treated for minor burns, none requiring hospitalization, said plant manager Jason Duncan in an afternoon media briefing. The company was still working to shut down the olefins unit which processes propane and propylene - a plastics building block - and isolate the fuel keeping the fire burning, he said.

Duncan declined to comment on the fire's impact on production at Exxon's adjacent 560,500 barrels-per-day oil refinery. Two people familiar with its operations, however, said Exxon reduced some production at the refinery, which provides feedstocks to the unit that caught fire.

The fire, which was being fought by the company's employees, sent black smoke into the air over the complex in the Houston suburb. Firefighters and equipment from the city entered the plant at midday to assist, an official said.

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Post by Volkonski » Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:43 am

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Post by Volkonski » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:33 am

Buckets of woe!

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Our lawn man of 30 years is retiring. OK, he is 83 so this was to be expect. But he has been a weekly fixture in our neighborhood. It won't be the same without him.

Now we need to find a replacement which will be complicated by the fact that we are on Long Island currently. :?
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