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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:38 pm

Flood Control District To Demolish Homes Destroyed By Harvey
The homes were severely damaged during Hurricane Harvey and are being demolished next week as part of the home buyout program.


https://patch.com/texas/pasadena-tx/s/g ... asadena-tx
Currently there are several other units that are almost completely under HCFD's ownership and once they are completely owned their demolitions will follow.

Martin thanked Houston's Department of Neighborhoods Director TaKasha Francis for her assistance with expediting the demolition permit process.

"These town homes are a constant reminder to the community of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey," he said.

Martin added that HCFCD has done a tremendous job in keeping our office informed on the status of the demolition process for these Hurricane Harvey buyout properties.
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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:07 pm

Will these areas and properties be redeveloped in time for the next great flood, or will they be turned into green zones and parks?

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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:10 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
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Will these areas and properties be redeveloped in time for the next great flood, or will they be turned into green zones and parks?
Based on what was done with a bought out subdivision in our city, they will become nature preserves.
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:30 pm

One hundred years ago in our city.

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The Pelly oil fields on both sides of Goose Creek.

The same area today-
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Goose Creek is wider now due to subsidence cause by the oil extraction.
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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:53 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:30 pm
One hundred years ago in our city.

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The Pelly oil fields on both sides of Goose Creek.

The same area today-

ScreenHunter_122 Mar. 11 15.26.jpg

Goose Creek is wider now due to subsidence cause by the oil extraction.
Back in those early years, did they use the creek to barge in the material for the pump stations and then just built them as near as possible to the water?

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:23 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:53 pm
Volkonski wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:30 pm
One hundred years ago in our city.

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The Pelly oil fields on both sides of Goose Creek.

The same area today-

ScreenHunter_122 Mar. 11 15.26.jpg

Goose Creek is wider now due to subsidence cause by the oil extraction.
Back in those early years, did they use the creek to barge in the material for the pump stations and then just built them as near as possible to the water?
Pretty much. That area is low and swampy. Mules were the transport machine of choice to move things thru the mud. The nearby Humble Refinery (now ExxonMobil) which began operations in 1920 once had 400 mules onsite.

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Post by Volkonski » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:32 pm

:roll: Our highway nightmare continues. :(

I-10 bridge repairs to start in one month

http://baytownsun.com/news/article_25b3 ... cae8a.html
The Texas Department of Transportation awarded an emergency contract Monday to conduct final repairs to the Interstate 10 bridge, which could take up to two and a half months.

Deidrea George, Texas Department of Transportation Houston district spokeswoman, said the contractor would have the next four weeks to acquire and fabricate materials to make repairs to the bridge that was damaged after a barge struck a pillar.

“Once construction starts, it’s expected to last anywhere from six to eight weeks,” George said.

Six contractors were invited to bid on the project, and George said they’re waiting to hear which company was awarded the contract.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:53 pm

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Post by Volkonski » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:36 pm



This fire in Deer Park is expected to burn for two more days. The Baytown Exxon fire was contained on the day it started.
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Post by neonzx » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:51 pm

Volkonski wrote:
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This fire in Deer Park is expected to burn for two more days. The Baytown Exxon fire was contained on the day it started.


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Post by Volkonski » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:49 pm

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Post by Volkonski » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:55 pm

The Deer Park fire was finally extinguished yesterday. We saw smoke from it as we drove home thru Houston yesterday.



The National Guard was taking air quality readings.
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Post by Volkonski » Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:25 pm

TV station takes drone video of our city-

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Post by ZekeB » Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:46 pm

Volkonsi: Do you think this is a product of Texas' lame approach to regulation?
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Post by Volkonski » Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:56 pm

It is back!

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Post by Volkonski » Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:39 pm

ZekeB wrote:
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Volkonsi: Do you think this is a product of Texas' lame approach to regulation?
Probably not. Texas actually has lots of regulations in place for the petrochemical industry.

ITC is a storage and loading operation, a lot of tanks, short pipelines, rail spurs and a barge dock.

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The Chemical Safety Board has arrived so there will be more info once they get a look at things.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:52 am

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The Baytown Nature Center will be closed until further notice due to the ITC facility incident. Once we get confirmation that the surrounding bay water is safe we will reopen. Full Moon Hike is, unfortunately, cancelled.

8:46 AM - 23 Mar 2019
The Nature Center is 3 miles downstream of ITC where, in addition to its other problems, a dike collapsed yesterday releasing chemicals from fire damaged tanks into the Houston Ship Channel (aka Buffalo Bayou).
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:44 pm

Someone spreading misinformation about our school district on Twitter.
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Folks, there is a fake Twitter account spreading incorrect information. I've included a photo.
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FYI: GCCISD makes the determination on school closures. The City of Baytown just shares that information. If you see information that appears to be shared by the City of Baytown but seems unrealistic, check back on our page to confirm.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:41 pm

Local oil well fire in 1916-

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Post by Volkonski » Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:20 pm

In Texas school segregation wasn't just a black/white thing.

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Post by Volkonski » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:54 am

Houston Ship Channel still closed as 9 toxins found in water near ITC

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The Coast Guard has no timetable for when it plans to re-open the closed a 7-mile stretch, home to the second-largest port in the United States, measured by tonnage. What began as a small storage tank chemical fire a week ago now threatens to harm one of Houston’s largest industries.

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“It’s a big mess and a serious problem,” Kruse said. “They have to pay extra when they’re sitting at the docks. If they don’t deliver on time, those penalties add up past, to many thousands of dollars.”

Tim Hicks, a Coast Guard Vessel Control watch supervisor, said Saturday evening 25 vessels are stuck in the ship channel, while another 26 await permission to enter. They include cargo ships, as well as gas and chemical tankers of varying sizes.

“I’ve got ships as large as 820 by 144 feet and as small as 384 by 64 (feet),” Hicks said.
Houston is the second-largest port in the United States, measured by tonnage handled. The Lynchburg Ferry is also shut down.
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:14 am

From last week. In this photo our city is behind the San Jacinto Monument just across the river/ship channel.

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Post by Volkonski » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:49 am


Portion of Houston Ship Channel remains closed days after ITC spill


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quote]A roughly seven-mile portion of the Houston Ship Channel remained closed Monday at 8:45 a.m., nearly three days after contaminants spilled into the water from the troubled Intercontinental Terminals Co., according to the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Services.

The closed portion is near the Lynchburg Ferry, extending from Tucker Bayou, where the ITC facility is located, to Houston Ship Channel light 116.

But due to the closure's central location, and no detours around it, roughly half of the Ship Channel was cut off from the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Steel and energy companies are among those likely to be affected.

Cruises and container ships have not been affected.[/quote]

This means that the entire Buffalo Bayou and San Jacinto River portions of the channel are cut off including everything in this map-

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Facilities will have to shut down soon due to lack of raw materials and lack of ships/barges to load with products.
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:59 am

Mrs. V. is on a jury for a criminal trial in Houston this week. I get to clean house in preparation for a visit by one of her cousins this weekend. :(
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... and cats. Don't forget, you're in charge of the cats! :clap:

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