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Tornado, severe storms leave damage across the Houston area in its wake
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Yesterday we had Houston Symphony tickets so after the worst of the storm passed we headed in via a circuitous route. Once we got near downtown the traffic lights were out for about a dozen blocks. It was challenging to navigate the grid of roads without lights but we made it.
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Post by Volkonski » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:35 pm

The Texas economy continues to suffer from border port slowdowns, limited Houston Ship Channel traffic and the continuing shutdowns of the two plants that had major fires. Prices on some produce items imported from Mexico are spiking and the Channel clean up continues.

Meanwhile the Channel is showing signs of pending obsolescence because it cannot handle large container vessels while maintaining two way traffic.

Port Houston limits number of 1,100-foot vessels

https://www.chron.com/business/energy/a ... o-12645493
The adopted resolution will allow just one of these ships each week, and only one movement a day.

his topic has been a point of contention for months. Houston Pilots, tasked with guiding vessels in and out of the Houston Ship Channel, have enacted safety measures that only allow moving these vessels during the day. And the ship channel's typical two-way traffic is reduced to just one-way traffic when moving the larger container ships.

This prompted a group of energy companies to form the Coalition for a Fair and Open Port. It hired an outside firm that found one-way traffic and the growing use of large container ships could suppress the energy sector's ability to grow at a time when the U.S. is poised to become an exporting powerhouse.

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Shipping companies, however, have pushed back against the coalition, saying it would hurt the entire shipping and logistics supply. The West Gulf Maritime Association trade group noted that 1,100-foot-plus vessels make up about 30 percent of most major container lines' fleets.
The Channel normally handles 19 container ships and 42 tankers every day. It also handles 391 towed (actually pushed) barges and small numbers of other vessels including cruise ships, auto carriers and offshore support vessels.
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:12 pm

Can we blame Trump for the Channel issues? Fake Infrastructure Weeks?
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Tiredretiredlawyer wrote:
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Can we blame Trump for the Channel issues? Fake Infrastructure Weeks?
Blame Trump for the deteriorating bridges, highways etc. The Ship Channel is in good shape. It just isn't wide enough for the new larger container ships. Widening it is not feasible. Those large container ships will need to go to another port.

The Ship Channel will be getting even busier due to increasing petroleum exports from the Permian Basin.
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BREAKING: #HarrisCounty Fire Marshal @Chiefllc announces that today investigators are finally able to access #ITCfire🔥 burn site, wearing protective gear. The massive chemical blaze in Deer Park began 23 days ago. (p.@coomerchron/@godovasquez)
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Post by Volkonski » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:59 pm

wow! :o

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Post by Volkonski » Tue Apr 09, 2019 4:48 pm

Having dinner tonight at the extreme southern end of the trail at a new bayside restaurant. :)

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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:31 am

Outside that restaurant last night.

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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:37 am

Trump Heads To Texas, Will Sign Pipeline Executive Orders
President Trump will be at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby on Wednesday


https://patch.com/texas/pasadena-tx/tru ... asadena-tx
President Donald Trump will be in Crosby on Wednesday to announce executive orders aimed at expanding and natural gas production, and speeding up pipeline production in the northeastern U.S.

Air Force One will land at Ellington Field Wednesday afternoon and Trump will travel to the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby where he is expected to sign those executive orders, officials said.

The White House has not released details of what is in the executive orders, but officials said the executive orders are designed to help energy companies to "avoid unnecessary red tape."

Trump's arrival in Crosby comes a week after a fire at the KMCO facility explosion and fire that killed one employee and injured two others.
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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:09 pm

Charlie Little checked in to International Union of Operating Engineers - Training Center - Crosby, Tx.
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The men in black. Awaiting arrival of president trump!
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Post by Volkonski » Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:46 pm

Houston Named The Most Diverse City In The U.S. In Recent Survey

https://patch.com/texas/houston/houston ... ent-survey
But according to a WalletHub survey, Houston's diversity shines brightly with the city holding the top spot for the most diverse city in the U.S., ahead of New York and Los Angeles.

Houston, a city of nearly 3 million residents and growing fast, is a city without a majority, where more than 140 different languages are spoken, with Spanish and Vietnamese among the most prominent.

According to thecitywithnolimits.com, which used data from the Kinder Institute and Rice University, Houston is more diverse than the U.S., enjoying a racial diversity that's 37 percent Anglo, 37 percent Hispanic, 17 percent black, and 8 percent Asian.
Also a lot of people in Houston speak English. ;)
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Post by Volkonski » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:22 pm

SpringNationals mean big bucks for greater Baytown

http://baytownsun.com/news/article_e781 ... 8fe6f.html
The National Hot Rod Association is coming to Baytown for a weekend of loud engines, fast cars and exuberant fans.

It also means local commerce will have a weekend to expect some positive dividends thanks to potentially 40-50,000 people per day coming to the area today through Sunday to take in the sights and sounds of the Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil as it hosts the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil.
The Raceway Park is 3 miles to the east of our house. As I type this I can hear the roar of the engines. This will continue all weekend. Traffic from the SpringNationals used to choke SH 146 just to the east of us but HWY 99 is now complete south of I 10 and it runs right past the Park. However, the noise remains. :(

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Post by Volkonski » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:09 pm

Rain tomorrow has led our city to cancel the Nurture Nature Festival and to move the Easter Egg hunt from Saturday to Sunday at a dryer location.

In other cancellation news the annual Battle of San Jacinto ceremony is cancelled this year because of the continuing ITC plant cleanup. This is in addition to the previous cancellation of the San Jacinto Day Festival battle re-enactment.

The San Jacinto Battlefield site is just east of the ITC plant.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:23 am

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Post by Volkonski » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:46 pm

Yesterday our school district celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding.

At the same time they began the campaign to get voters to approve a much needed $335,000,000 bond issue. This time I hope the voters support the district.
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Post by Volkonski » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:56 am

Survivors remember deadly 1947 Texas City industrial blast

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/baya ... socialflow
The Texas City disaster, which began on April 16, 1947, was the deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history and one of the largest non-nuclear explosions. It originated with a midmorning fire onboard the French-registered vessel SS Grandcamp docked in the port carrying cargo of about 2,200 tons of ammonium nitrate when it detonated.

Shortly after, the High Flyer, another ship, exploded. The blasts were felt in Galveston. Houses were shaken off their foundations.

The initial blast and subsequent fires and explosions in other ships and nearby oil-storage facilities killed at least 581 people, including all but one member of the Texas City Fire Department.
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A styrene plant became a roaring inferno on April 16, 1947, in Texas City. Hundreds of other fires started in areas where petroleum was stored.
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Post by Volkonski » Sun May 05, 2019 8:53 am

Voters approved the school district's $335 million bond issue!

:thumbs: :thumbs:

Now they just need to find people to build the new schools. Last week ExxonMobil Chemical announced a $2 billion expansion of the Baytown Chemical Plant. Guess who pays more. ;)
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Post by Volkonski » Sun May 05, 2019 9:01 am

On the subjects of paying more, EM and teachers, EM employs many former teachers as lab techs, data clerks, plant techs, staff assistants, ER people, etc. It is something of a brain drain on the local school systems but good for the teachers who switch jobs.
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Post by Volkonski » Wed May 08, 2019 8:07 am

Watching the flooding around Houston from a distance. :? So far Cedar Bayou is staying well within in its banks. :thumbs:

Some other areas not so lucky.
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News of note for today: 4 school districts have cancelled classes: Cleveland, New Caney, Splendora and Huffman; HFD says hundreds of homes flooded in Kingwood & firefighters performed nearly 300 high water rescues. #HoustonFlooding
Heavy rain and thunderstorms in the forecast until Sunday.

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Delivery delay: Due to severe weather conditions in the Houston area, delivery of your Houston Chronicle may be delayed. The safety of our newspaper carriers is of the utmost importance to us and we ask for your patience.
The San Jacinto River I-10 Bridge was finally repaired after 83 days. Kingwood and Huffman are on Lake Houston which drains to the Gulf via the San Jacinto River. Sure hope all the barges are well secured.
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Post by Volkonski » Wed May 08, 2019 11:27 am

The San Jacinto River is out of its banks at Hwy 90 in Crosby (where Trump visited and one of the recent plant fires happened).

It is almost out of its banks further south at Rio Villa near Highlands. Lake Houston which feeds the lower SJ River is about 2 1/2 feet over its banks at the spillway into the SJ.

Not raining now but heavy rain is in the forecast

Photos of Houston area flooding-
https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/arti ... o-17370652
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Post by Volkonski » Wed May 08, 2019 11:35 am

Good time to be on the North Fork. :?

182,000 gallons of sewage overflowing from Baytown manholes after recent storms

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/deer ... =sftwitter
The overflow does not affect the city's fresh water supply, according to Barrett, although anyone who purchases water from the city should contact the city of Baytown to determine if the water is safe for personal use.

"As a precaution, the public should avoid all contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill," Barrett said in a press release. "If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible."

The City of Baytown is in the middle of a proactive rehabilitation project of the city's sewer system, which is part of at least $137 million spent on utility capital improvement projects since 2002.
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Post by Volkonski » Wed May 08, 2019 11:43 am

Students evacuating Lone Star College after chemical spill

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texa ... 828825.php
Students in two academic buildings at Lone Star College University Park are evacuating after a reported chemical spill, the college tweeted Wednesday morning.

Students in buildings 12 and 13 are asked to evacuate because the spill. It was not immediately clear what the chemical is.

Lone Star College police say the Houston Fire Department is on scene assisting.

No other information was available. Check back for updates as they come.
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Post by Volkonski » Sat May 11, 2019 1:43 pm

A big branch came down at our Texas house during the recent storms. It took down our yard light pole but did no other damage.
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