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Archive for January 19th, 2017

Rain, Rain

The rain nailed us again yesterday. Same old, same old.

The Chron E-Board has a take today on yesterday’s flooding. Here is how it starts:

Noah himself would have tossed his hands into the air as yet another biblical storm flooded many parts of Houston Wednesday morning. How many arks can you expect one man to build?

Or, in more secular terminology, Wednesday’s flood forced the The American Institute of Architects, Houston, to cancel its symposium on flooding.

That’s where we’re at, Houston.

Once again, a flash flood transformed streets into canals while gushing waters lapped at bayou banks. First responders received more than 65 water rescue calls, mostly from drivers who ended up stranded on flooded roads. About 1,000 insured vehicles were damaged. Some citizens took matters into their own hands and stood in nearby intersections to warn drivers about impassable streets.

We’re waiting for Houston’s elected officials to show that kind of dedication. After the deluges of 1929 and 1935, local leaders pushed for the creation of regional flood control infrastructure that still serves our city to this day. Thanks to their efforts, Congressman Albert Thomas spearheaded plans and funding for the Addicks and Barker Dams, and the Texas Legislature created the Harris County Flood Control District.

Now City Hall can barely scrounge together the funds necessary to clear debris from storm sewers. Consider it poor timing that, last week, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Flood Czar Steve Costello announced the $10 million Storm Water Action Team, or SWAT, plan to complete two dozen quick drainage fixes. Today it looks more like City Hall is swatting at rain drops than leading a well-targeted attack on flooding. Houstonians have paid more than a half-billion dollars for infrastructure since City Council created the ReBuild Houston drainage fee in 2010. What are we getting in return?

And here is how it ends:

We don’t need a Noah to solve Houston’s flooding problems. Another symposium won’t accomplish anything unless politicians work to write regulations and provide funding. We know what it takes to keep Houston on high ground – our civic leaders led the way 80 years ago. Looking at today’s political landscape, it feels like that well of civic leadership has all but run dry.

Here is the entire E-Board take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Another-flood-10867145.php.

Bill King tweeted this yesterday:

Bill King ‏@BillKingForHou Jan 18

Houstonians have now paid over a half a billion dollars in drainage fees. Can anyone tell me what we have to show for it?

Then Kris Banks who works for the Mayor tweeted this:

Kris Banks ‏@KrisBanks 24h24 hours ago

In difficult times, Houston can always count on @BillKingForHou for its trolling needs

Commentary is not going to get in the middle of this. They are both grown-ups. I will say that nobody would pay attention to Bill if he had tweeted this during a drought.

How many Baseball Hall of Fame greats who played second base have worn the ‘Stro uniform?

Here is from a New York Times story today on Donald Trump. So very true:

“He seems to want to engage with every windmill that he can find, rather than focus on the large aspect of assuming the most important position on earth,” Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said on CNN on Tuesday. “And obviously, apparently, according to the polls, many Americans are not happy with that approach when he has not even assumed the presidency.”

Here is very sobering piece from Politico today on the state of the Dem Party: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/democrats-trump-administration-wilderness-comeback-revival-214650.

This tweet is OK by me:

ANTONIO ARELLANO ‏@AntonioArellano 1h1 hour ago

Trump’s cabinet is the first in 30 years with ZERO #Latino members.

Trump only got 19% of our vote and for that we should be proud! No se puede, baby!

Hall of Fame greats Nellie Fox, Joe Morgan, and Craig Biggio of course played second base and wore a ‘Stro uniform.

Commentary can’t wait to find out how many times Jeff Bagwell will be honored at The Yard this season.

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