Jump to content




Help Support AmtrakTrains.com by donating using the link above or becoming a Supporting Member.

Photo

Hurricane Harvey Texas Impacts


  • Please log in to reply
195 replies to this topic

#181 neroden

neroden

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,092 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:Ithaca, NY
  • Interests:Please feel free to moderate my posts

Posted 13 September 2017 - 07:23 PM

Hope you got your homeowners insurance already.  (I remember I got mine before the closing.) And hopefully flood insurance too... though I realize probably not :-(


Edited by neroden, 13 September 2017 - 07:23 PM.

--Nathanael--

Please feel free to moderate my posts.

#182 Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,038 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Америка
  • Interests:Travel by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:41 PM

Hope you got your homeowners insurance already.  (I remember I got mine before the closing.) And hopefully flood insurance too... though I realize probably not :-(

 

His best option at this point is to apply for FEMA assistance even without flood insurance.  A few weeks ago the federal government was gearing up to slash FEMA's funding.  Then in the wake of two extremely well timed hurricanes they've since reversed course on a dime and increased funding instead, at least temporarily.  Might as well take advantage of it before they change their mind and return to defunding FEMA instead.


Edited by Devil's Advocate, 13 September 2017 - 08:42 PM.

We've got provisions and lots of beer. The key word is survival on the new frontier. 


#183 tonys96

tonys96

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,297 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Texas

Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:55 PM

 

Hope you got your homeowners insurance already.  (I remember I got mine before the closing.) And hopefully flood insurance too... though I realize probably not :-(

 

His best option at this point is to apply for FEMA assistance even without flood insurance.  A few weeks ago the federal government was gearing up to slash FEMA's funding.  Then in the wake of two extremely well timed hurricanes they've since reversed course on a dime and increased funding instead, at least temporarily.  Might as well take advantage of it before they change their mind and return to defunding FEMA instead.

 

Fema is assisting those who lost their residences. Mine is a future retirement house. We are high and dry here in DFW. My brother's house in Rockport id not too damaged, it is new and built like a war bunker, with steel plates in the walls and steel beams down to rock. He had slight wind damage and some water damage, all told, not too bad.

 

His investment properties (rentals) were not so lucky. Several demolished, several repairable. We might seek SBA assistance if we need it. I was going to pull out the carpeting and install laminate flooring anyway.....


The worst part of censorship is XXXXXXXXXXX.

When you mute or alter a man's voice, you are not proving him wrong or a liar, you are only telling the world that you fear what he has to say.

 


#184 Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,038 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Америка
  • Interests:Travel by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:23 AM

 

 

Hope you got your homeowners insurance already.  (I remember I got mine before the closing.) And hopefully flood insurance too... though I realize probably not :-(

 

His best option at this point is to apply for FEMA assistance even without flood insurance.  A few weeks ago the federal government was gearing up to slash FEMA's funding.  Then in the wake of two extremely well timed hurricanes they've since reversed course on a dime and increased funding instead, at least temporarily.  Might as well take advantage of it before they change their mind and return to defunding FEMA instead.

 

 

Fema is assisting those who lost their residences. Mine is a future retirement house. We are high and dry here in DFW. My brother's house in Rockport id not too damaged, it is new and built like a war bunker, with steel plates in the walls and steel beams down to rock. He had slight wind damage and some water damage, all told, not too bad. His investment properties (rentals) were not so lucky. Several demolished, several repairable. We might seek SBA assistance if we need it. I was going to pull out the carpeting and install laminate flooring anyway.....

 

Ah, good point.  My information was secondhand based on what I was hearing from folks in Houston, but you seem to be on top of it.  Sounds like you're in a bit of a bind financially, but at least none of your important stuff was there yet, including yourself.


We've got provisions and lots of beer. The key word is survival on the new frontier. 


#185 Heath Loxton

Heath Loxton

    Train Attendant

  • Training
  • Pip
  • 33 posts

Posted 15 September 2017 - 10:51 PM

Meanwhile i love the sunset limited train. :) 



#186 Lonestar648

Lonestar648

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,530 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Texas

Posted 16 September 2017 - 05:49 PM

In the craziness of Harvey, UP is open to the SL adding a stop in Flatonia, TX.  Despite everything, the world doesn't stop.  I am glad normal is getting back for more and more.  Family in Victoria said that most inside garbage had been picked up so garbage service is returning to its regular days etc.  Still lots of repairs to do, some will take months, like some of the hotels in the city.  


Trains Traveled On:
Texas Eagle                                      Sunset Limited                            California Zephyr                                Southwest Chief                Empire Builder            Capitol Limited           Lake Shore limited (NYP & BOS)      Crescent
Kentucky Cardinal                             Cardinal                                       Pere Marquette                                  Wolverines                        Lincoln Service            Empire Service          Keystone Service                               Acelas
NE Regionals                                    Pioneer                                        Desert Wind                                       Broadway Limited             Three Rivers                 Coast Starlight                          
 
Amtrak Miles Logged: over 211,000


#187 AmtrakBlue

AmtrakBlue

    Engineer

  • Gathering Committee Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,365 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Delaware

Posted 16 September 2017 - 06:00 PM

In the craziness of Harvey, UP is open to the SL adding a stop in Flatonia, TX.  Despite everything, the world doesn't stop.  I am glad normal is getting back for more and more.  Family in Victoria said that most inside garbage had been picked up so garbage service is returning to its regular days etc.  Still lots of repairs to do, some will take months, like some of the hotels in the city.  

I saw on FB where garbage trucks from other areas were helping Houston get rid of the excess garbage


Sent from my iPhone using Amtrak Forum

2011: Jun: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // Nov: WIL=>WAS=>CHI=>PRO (NER=>CL=>CZ)
2012: Apr: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // May(NTD): WIL=>PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>PAO=>PHL (Keystone) // Aug: WIL=>WAS (NER) / BWI=>WIL (NER) // Oct(Gathering): PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>HAR=>PHL (Keystone) / SEPTA, NJT, PATCO, River Line, Princeton Dinky
2013: May(NTD): WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct (Gathering): WIL=>CHI (Card) / CHI=>MKE=>GLN=>CHI() / CHI=>JOL=>CHI () / CHI=>WIL(CL=>NER) / CTA, Metra. SEPTA (WIL=>NRK) // Nov:  PHL=>PHL (Autumn Express) 
2014: May(NTD):  WIL=>PHL=>WIL(NER) // May:  WIL=>BOS=>WIL(NER) day trip

2014: Oct(Gathering): WIL=>NYP=>TOL(pd-NER=>LSL) / TOL=>CHI=>LAX=>EMY(pts-LSL=>SWC=>CS) / EMY=>CHI=>TOL (pts-CZ-CL) / TOL=>WAS=>WIL(pd-CL=>NER)
2015: May: CHI=>CIN(pd-Card) / CIN=>WIL(pts Card)
2015;  Oct(Gathering):  WIL=>WAS(Acela) / ALX=>WAS(NER) / WAS=>BAL(Acela) / WAS=>WIL(NER)

2016: Mar: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct:  WIL=>NYP=>NYP=>WIL (Autumn Express) 


#188 AmtrakBlue

AmtrakBlue

    Engineer

  • Gathering Committee Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,365 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Delaware

Posted 16 September 2017 - 06:01 PM

In the craziness of Harvey, UP is open to the SL adding a stop in Flatonia, TX.  Despite everything, the world doesn't stop.  I am glad normal is getting back for more and more.  Family in Victoria said that most inside garbage had been picked up so garbage service is returning to its regular days etc.  Still lots of repairs to do, some will take months, like some of the hotels in the city.  

I saw on FB where garbage trucks from other areas were helping Houston get rid of the excess garbage


Sent from my iPhone using Amtrak Forum

2011: Jun: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // Nov: WIL=>WAS=>CHI=>PRO (NER=>CL=>CZ)
2012: Apr: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // May(NTD): WIL=>PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>PAO=>PHL (Keystone) // Aug: WIL=>WAS (NER) / BWI=>WIL (NER) // Oct(Gathering): PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>HAR=>PHL (Keystone) / SEPTA, NJT, PATCO, River Line, Princeton Dinky
2013: May(NTD): WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct (Gathering): WIL=>CHI (Card) / CHI=>MKE=>GLN=>CHI() / CHI=>JOL=>CHI () / CHI=>WIL(CL=>NER) / CTA, Metra. SEPTA (WIL=>NRK) // Nov:  PHL=>PHL (Autumn Express) 
2014: May(NTD):  WIL=>PHL=>WIL(NER) // May:  WIL=>BOS=>WIL(NER) day trip

2014: Oct(Gathering): WIL=>NYP=>TOL(pd-NER=>LSL) / TOL=>CHI=>LAX=>EMY(pts-LSL=>SWC=>CS) / EMY=>CHI=>TOL (pts-CZ-CL) / TOL=>WAS=>WIL(pd-CL=>NER)
2015: May: CHI=>CIN(pd-Card) / CIN=>WIL(pts Card)
2015;  Oct(Gathering):  WIL=>WAS(Acela) / ALX=>WAS(NER) / WAS=>BAL(Acela) / WAS=>WIL(NER)

2016: Mar: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct:  WIL=>NYP=>NYP=>WIL (Autumn Express) 


#189 AlamoWye

AlamoWye

    Train Attendant

  • Training
  • Pip
  • 21 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Central Texas

Posted 16 September 2017 - 06:21 PM

In the craziness of Harvey, UP is open to the SL adding a stop in Flatonia, TX.  Despite everything, the world doesn't stop.  I am glad normal is getting back for more and more.  Family in Victoria said that most inside garbage had been picked up so garbage service is returning to its regular days etc.  Still lots of repairs to do, some will take months, like some of the hotels in the city.  

 

https://www.fayettecountyrecord.com/articles/2017/09/14/flatonia-amtrak-stop-closer-ever-after-union-pacific’s-approval



#190 west point

west point

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,162 posts

Posted 17 September 2017 - 03:05 AM

A future note:  Did any of the HSR proposal locations ( station and track )  get flooded by Harvey ?  Any potential incidents can be mitigated now.



#191 dogbert617

dogbert617

    Lead Service Attendant

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 197 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Chicago, IL

Posted 17 September 2017 - 03:39 AM

 

In the craziness of Harvey, UP is open to the SL adding a stop in Flatonia, TX.  Despite everything, the world doesn't stop.  I am glad normal is getting back for more and more.  Family in Victoria said that most inside garbage had been picked up so garbage service is returning to its regular days etc.  Still lots of repairs to do, some will take months, like some of the hotels in the city.  

 

https://www.fayettecountyrecord.com/articles/2017/09/14/flatonia-amtrak-stop-closer-ever-after-union-pacific’s-approval

 

I'm surprised that area between San Antonio and Houston doesn't have at least 1-2 stops, between both cities. Like say, the stops would be at Columbus and Seguin. Or maybe Schulenburg? Though Flatonia is close enough to Schulenburg, lol. Congrats to Flatonia, and good to hear their attempt to add an Amtrak station was approved by Union Pacific!



#192 Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 16,009 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Austin Texas
  • Interests:Passenger Trains/Travel/Sports(except Soccer)/Government-Politics/Reading/Old Buildings
    Movies/Music/Unicorns and Ancient Aliens!

Posted 17 September 2017 - 08:45 AM

Seguin and Luling are fairly close to San Antonio,and both tore down their EX-SP Staions years ago.San Marcos is a stop for the Texas Eagle and is only 20 miles from Sequin.

Flatonia is a nice little Rail Friendly town, and will make a great stop on the Sunset Route between SAS and HOS.
"There's Something About a Train! It's Magic!"-- 1970s Amtrak Ad
 
".. I ride on a Mail Train Baby, can't buy a thrill.."--I said that!
 
"..My heart is warm with the friends I make,and better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,No matter where its going!.." -Edna St. Vincent Millay

#193 WoodyinNYC

WoodyinNYC

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,401 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NYC

Posted 18 September 2017 - 06:13 AM

Seguin and Luling are fairly close to San Antonio,and both tore down their EX-SP Staions years ago.San Marcos is a stop for the Texas Eagle and is only 20 miles from Sequin.

Flatonia is a nice little Rail Friendly town, and will make a great stop on the Sunset Route between SAS and HOS.

Seguin did NOT tear down its SP depot.

 

The Seguin Conservation Society had offered to take the handsome brick building and pay for moving it. (Apparently SP said it was too close to tracks per federal safety regulations.) But while the Conservation Society tried to line up a new site for the old building, without warning Southern Pacific made its move.

 

A lawyer for the railroad appeared at City Hall and pulled a demolition permit half an hour before closing time. The next morning, most of the building had been destroyed by the time City Hall offices opened to a storm of citizen protests.



#194 WoodyinNYC

WoodyinNYC

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,401 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NYC

Posted 18 September 2017 - 06:36 AM

Flatonia is a nice little Rail Friendly town, and will make a great stop on the Sunset Route between SAS and HOS.

Flatonia saw its chance and grabbed it, ahead of Schulenberg or Luling or Seguin (which is probably too close to SAS anyway). Luling would have better served the Austin market, but props to Flatonia for pulling this off.

 

That stretch between Houston's suburbs and San Antonio is surprisingly sparsely populated. But Flatonia will nicely serve Victoria, with 100,000 pop, about an hour to the south. And it could even bring riders an hour and a half away from Austin, 2+ million metro, with the University of Texas main campus, not quite as big as Victoria, LOL, but almost.



#195 Lonestar648

Lonestar648

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,530 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Texas

Posted Yesterday, 01:20 PM

Looking at the map, with I-10 going East/West at 75mph, many of the surrounding towns are closer to Flatonia that appear on the map.  Closest commercial air service is either Victoria with a small J31 prop plane to DFW, or going to Austin or San Antonio.  These rural stops give many people the opportunity to travel that might not otherwise.


Trains Traveled On:
Texas Eagle                                      Sunset Limited                            California Zephyr                                Southwest Chief                Empire Builder            Capitol Limited           Lake Shore limited (NYP & BOS)      Crescent
Kentucky Cardinal                             Cardinal                                       Pere Marquette                                  Wolverines                        Lincoln Service            Empire Service          Keystone Service                               Acelas
NE Regionals                                    Pioneer                                        Desert Wind                                       Broadway Limited             Three Rivers                 Coast Starlight                          
 
Amtrak Miles Logged: over 211,000


#196 Don Newcomb

Don Newcomb

    Lead Service Attendant

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 225 posts

Posted Today, 12:45 AM

Looking at the map, with I-10 going East/West at 75mph, many of the surrounding towns are closer to Flatonia that appear on the map.  Closest commercial air service is either Victoria with a small J31 prop plane to DFW, or going to Austin or San Antonio.  These rural stops give many people the opportunity to travel that might not otherwise.

 

Maybe but, as you're probably aware, Texans have a completely different idea of what constitutes a "Sunday drive" than most of the rest of the US.






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users