Harvey's Devastation still leaves mark on Houston

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It has been a little over six-months since Harvey hit Houston and people are still in the process of receovering. A couple of things hit me, one was that someone I used to talk in at the gym, I have not seen since Harvey, I saw on Sunday. I went up to her and told her I had been worried about her. She said her home had flooded and that they just moved back in last week. She also told me that they had to be rescued by boat, and if her neighbor had not told the First Responders that they were home I may never have seen her again and I would always wonder. She lives in the Cinco Ranch community of Canyon Gate. Every single home in there flooded. My heart broke when she told me the story. I know many people have sold their homes for cash to investors without fixing the home. There is an excellent documentary I just saw today by the NY Times about this neighborhood. This area are flood pools and were designed to save the city ( downstream) the neighborhood is  upstream. When the Corps of Engineers made the heart wrenching decision to save downtown this and other neighborhoods were devastated. I read somewhere that someone said all is fine they are releasing water out of the Reservoirs all is fine. Nothing could have been further from the truth. If you can see the documentary please watch it, it is floating around on Facebook.

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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It takes time to recover from disasters of this magnitude.  I don't doubt that Houston has a way to go yet.

Mar 19, 2018 01:20 PM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Glad to hear your friend is safe and sound.  I think that we will face a similar slow recovery.  A

Mar 19, 2018 01:27 PM #2
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Yolanda first of all I am so happy your friend is ok and that your re-connected. It takes such a long, long time to recover from such terrible devatation.

Mar 19, 2018 01:50 PM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Yolanda, this is heart-breaking news, and after it no longer is in the news daily, we do think all is well.   NOT! 

Mar 19, 2018 01:52 PM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Yolanda - I know this is going to affect people in Houston for quite some time.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Mar 19, 2018 05:05 PM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this update. Many families will never fully recover.

Mar 20, 2018 05:48 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a sad disaster that ruined a lot of things for a lot of people, I was glad to hear that most people stayed safe through it though.

Mar 20, 2018 06:27 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Realty hits in you in the face with those photos. I too am grateful your friend is okay - but it looks as if the aftermath of Harvey lingers on for many. Very sad. 

Mar 20, 2018 07:11 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Yolanda. How sad this is. I'm glad your gym friend is OK. I can't help but think of those in Puerta Rico. We haven't helped and that is unforgivable.

Mar 20, 2018 07:33 AM #9
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Disaster has it sometimes illogical and mysterious way of meting out the havoc it causes. I too was saddened for those that had to sacrifice for the greater good. Still, too many it will never be the same. cheers cvc

Mar 20, 2018 07:54 AM #10
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

ps thanks for your concern. am doing good except for the bout of intense back pain yesterday. better this morning but will have to wait to see if it cured my issue. will let you know and again, thank you. cheers cvc

Mar 20, 2018 07:55 AM #11
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Your area is going to be recovering for a long time.  Glad your acquaintance at the gym is okay.  Bet it made her feel good that her absence was noticed.

Mar 20, 2018 04:50 PM #12
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Glad your friend is ok. I know the devastation has been horrible.  It is still bad here in this area also.  It takes a long time to recover from hurricanes.

Mar 23, 2018 09:30 AM #13
Kate McQueen
CB&A Realtors - Cypress, TX
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As a native of Houston, I watched Harvey's relentless downpour take so much  from so many.  It was heart-wrenching and I believe it goes without saying that the recovery will be long term, particularly in the area of future flood mitigation. 

Harvey taught us a lot at a very high price, but I believe we shouldn't lose sight of the victories won and the community outreach and charity of so many area residents.

Another thing to remind the country and certainly Greater Houston residents, is there were far more neighborhoods that had adequate flood management systems in place and DID NOT experience flooding, than communities like Cinco Ranch.  While this is in not consolation to the homeowners in Cinco Ranch and other neighborhoods that were severely impacted, it's the reality of what happened.

There will be years of recovery efforts and litigation, and the face of the city will change just as it does any time something like this happens.  Flood mitigation, better flood management systems within new communities, improvements in older communities, and a lot more is currently underway.

We need to let the world know that we don't take the moniker "Houston Strong" lightly.  

Apr 18, 2018 09:12 AM #15
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