In the dark

UPDATED:
Removing the media blackout opining. Sorry, folks, I posted in haste and wasn’t caught up on the details. As noted, there have apparently been subsequent flyovers. Note though, they are apparently trying to remove everyone from the peninsula, forcibly if need be, which is likely more what they didn’t want filmed.
I’ll leave the video up because, well, kudos to Mr. Dolcefino.

The Ike story is, obviously, things remain mightilyfucked up
in Houston, Galveston and the surrounding area. No power for many,
access to vital services remains disrupted, and lines for reparations
and reimbursement are long. 

There were a number of areas where power was restored by CenterPoint on Monday and Tuesday but 1.43 million customers
(remember, a customer is more than one person) are still in the dark in
Houston, 1.43 out of CenterPoints’s 2.2 total customers. The rest
could take at least a week, or longer.

For now, CenterPoint’s best-case scenario is that 563,000 customers
will be out of power next week. The worst-case is that 1.1 million will
be.

EntergyTexas,
cousin to Louisiana Entergy, has a longer timetable. October 6. That’s
a very long time. The state has enjoyed a mild cool front the last few
days but September in Texas is still hot, ya’ll. Remember, no
power likely means no groceries, no ice, no schools and services.

Entergy Texas, which provides service in northern and eastern
portions of the area affected by Ike, said it will take until Oct. 6 to
restore power to all its customers. Chief Executive Joe Domino said the
storm destroyed 98 transmission towers.

Domino laid out a timetable for cities in Entergy’s territory to be
reconnected, stressing that rural, sparsely populated areas would be
the last to come back. More densely populated areas would get service
back sooner, he said.

8 thoughts on “In the dark

  1. For the first couple of days there was no media access to the Bolivar Peninsula. But thanks to Wayne Dolcefino’s (a local newsteam’s investigative reporter who can be a bit of a blowhard, but damn, I want him on my side!) less than fawning approach to Gov. Besbol-cap-cov’g-my-good-hair-to-allay-distraction, two things resulted:
    1. anyone able to see/hear the exchange found out that Ol’ Rick doesn’t know his state’s geography particularly well. Afterall, when Wayne busted his chops over why no media access to Bolivar, His Hiney responded “Wayne, I was just IN Galveston and there was a WHOLE room of media!” Wayne had to educate the State-Doofus-in-Chief on a valid point: Bolivar is NOT Galveston, it’s not even attached to Galveston. Then Perry fawned it off as a “local” matter to be taken up with the Bolivar peeps (um, hello? YOU ARE THE GOVERNOR!!??!). But just a few moments later declared he had “no control” over Federal airspace. Okay, Perry-Thrust, just what is the deal? Is it a ‘local’ matter or is it a ‘federal’ matter??? No state control then? WTF-ever!!?
    2. About a half hour (45 mins?) later we were seeing aerial footage from a local chopper of Bolivar (and all the environs within).
    Of course now the Feds are going to enforce emergency controls and essentially FORCE all who remain on the Peninsula out. Safety/schmafety – you can see what homes are still standing and try them first and if they are sound, LET THE FOLKS STAY if they are there/safe and want to. Enlist their help, they know the area. Otherwise it will be just another great purge.
    Guess my uber conservative folks will get to see what it’s like to have to be told by their beloved Republican Guard that they can’t go check on the remains of their beach house.
    Okay, gotta bolt and see if my apartment has power yet…my office is still down.
    Peace all,
    Elspeth

  2. It’s amazing how the story became “old news” so rapidly…even though it’s anything but old news for those affected (and it will be anything but old news once everyone sees gasoline prices rise.)
    FYI–Ike caused extensive flooding throughout the Gulf Coast region. Photographs in a Lafayette, Louisiana newspaper (The Advertiser) show water at levels almost identical to Hurricane Rita. A person I know doing inspections for FEMA said Ike caused flooding in and around New Orleans EAST (some 350 miles away.) I can’t imagine how bad it is in areas hit hard by Gustav.
    And, by the way: even up here in Baton Rouge, some places are STILL without electricity.
    But hey, priorities are priorities: $10 billion a month in Iraq, $1 billion in aid for the former SSR of Georgia, $80 billion dollars for AIG…

  3. He reminds me of another former Gov. of TX.
    Get in yer chopper, fly there, see who tries to shoo you away. Get that on camera. There’s the answer.
    It’s pushy to ask, butit’s effective to just go and do it.

  4. check out maroonspoon.com/wx/ike.html. they’ve had all the houston stations on 24/7 since before the hurricane. amazing service. i think there is a Direct tv
    channel also devoted to storm coverage. both were valuable for evacuees after
    gustav.
    i don’t know if it was wayne…go wayne!!!…but the other day one reporter hired a boat and had he and his crew deposited in the most devastated area. first, i think, most people saw of the extensive damage. i am impressed with a lot of the local coverage. yesterday an anchor took a fema rep apart on the air. almost (and i said almost) felt sorry for the guy.
    my three houston families are safe, but their homes are damaged and they have no power. the nurse at hermann(sp) is staying and so is our family police officer
    who just gave birth. husbands have taken the kids and pets and fled to air conditioning west of the city. texas women are strong. all say they’ll never
    “shelter in place” again as they were advised. Irony? All three famlies are Katrina refugees from Slidell, la. they have made houston their home.
    try the tv channels. maroonspoon.com. i don’t know how long they’ll keep up the coverage.
    00000

  5. long post lost in the breeze. but try maroonspoon.com/wx/ike.html for 24/7 houston tv channel coverage.
    my family is bruised but safe. hope yours is too.

  6. My family is safe but sad. No electricity in their Houston neighborhoods as power poles are all snapped. Friends missing in Bolivar. Sis and her eightyleven kids and dogs evacuated to safer, cooler environs. Mom called asking what foods are good for depression. I don’t own property in Galveston, but it’s my spiritual home. The place of memories and contentment. Dammit, I’m crying again.

  7. i’ve been baffled by questions of who’s in charge of airspace for decades now.
    when i lived in the fenway neighborhood, every summer we had an insane array of small planes pulling banners, blimps and helicopters circling overhead because of the ball park. there were many instances of very close calls. the response from the folks at logan airport and city hall to the question of who’s got oversight was synchronized shoulder shrugging, they suggested i try the feds but they all agreed that they didn’t think anyone was “in charge.”
    that pretty well blew my mind.
    several years ago now but after 2001, some baseball player flew a small plane into an high-rise apartment building in NYC — he was following one of the rivers and accidentally veered off course. i remember at the time being stunned to hear that he was not required to file any flight plan to fly his small plane over NYC, especially given the events of 9/11/01.
    it’s a strange country we inhabit and appearing stranger every day.
    despite all the money we spend on “government,” there doesn’t seem to be anyone actually responsible for anything.
    except collecting money, of course.

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