Oh, say can you see Ike’s wind came before the sea (edited)

Anyone who still doesn’t believe hurricane surge washes away what the wind destroys need look no further Galveston Island’s Beachtown after Hurricane Ike for evidence.

"After Ike" photograph of home in Galveston Island's Beachtown
"After Ike" photograph of home in Galveston Island's Beachtown

Hurricane Ike hit Galveston Island in the early morning hours of September 13th, 2008. The sheer size of the hurricane impacted a majority of the Texas Gulf Coast, in addition to the SW Gulf Coast of Louisiana.

At the East End of Galveston Island, the hurricane delivered its fiercest winds as well as a storm surge not experienced since the devastating hurricane of 1900. Beachtown found itself in the unenviable position of receiving the dirty side of the hurricane and Ike’s relentless punches delivered from the Northeast…

Galveston Island was inundated with hurricane debris, including boats lying in the streets and esplanades….a devastating blow to Galveston Island. There were clear signs of Ike’s presence at Beachtown, as many of the streets and lawns were covered by a layer of sand brought by the storm surge.

However,most compelling was the condition in which the residences and other structures lay… largely unscathed. Signs of hurricane Ike’s impact were limited to the breakaway sections of the structures. The buildings’ structures performed outstandingly. The habitable floors remained undamaged despite the horrific forces of Ike.

FEMA and the City of Galveston require the enclosed portion of structures located below Base Flood Elevation (as is the case for coastal communities and beachfront homes) be designed to break-away with the impact of a hurricane force, leaving the main structure intact. Ground Floor breakaway materials, such as louver panel assemblies and garage doors, separated as designed.

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SLABBED Daily – June 2

The phrase “reduce our risk” does not exist here, because them, that is not an option. In Holland, they essentially obliterate risk.

Editilla’s Ladder has been full of stories about Holland’s  “we shall live with, enjoy and also protect our selves from water” attitude, including the one with these quotes from levees.org.

Last evening, I went over and scooped up as many links as I could to reports from the study group headed by Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu and Lisa Jackson, Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) .

Louisiana Senator Landrieu, EPA Head, Jackson lead Netherlands Delegation on Day One.

Netherlands, Louisiana, New Orleans and the US: The Color of Water

Louisiana Delegation, Landrieu, EPA Jackson Continue Study of Netherlands

The Dutch strive to make their country ‘climate proof’ is a related story in the New York Times that’s well worth a read – and Losing Louisiana:  A Tale of Two Coasts, the package posted in the online Advertiser is top flight

U.S. environment chief praises Dutch water systems provides the closing summary:

The top U.S. environmental official said Tuesday that America can learn much from the way the Dutch manage water — focusing more on living with it than on trying to control it at every turn. Continue reading “SLABBED Daily – June 2”

Mrs. Politz – Judge Walker Orders Exam

First,  look at the time line of events leading to Judge Walker’s Order.

Politz Timeline

For a refresher with more background, see the post on  Nationwide’s Motion for Mental Exam of Mrs. Politz.

Otherwise, the next stop is an overview of the key points in the Response filed by Counsel for Mrs. Politz opposing Nationwide’s Motion:

  • Judge Senter reopened discovery in light of the limited issues discussed in the pretrial conference in this matter… There was no mention whatsoever of giving additional time to designate new expert witnesses, and the expert deadlines were not reopened. Continue reading “Mrs. Politz – Judge Walker Orders Exam”