Wow. What a weekend you Texans have had. It looks like Conroe and the Woodlands are getting power back today.
This link will take you to the Channel 11 forums, where a lot of local people are asking questions and getting answers.
My resource blog post
From what we've heard and seen, Bolivar Peninsula was the hardest hit, by far. Most of the houses are just gone, empty foundations are all that are left. Galveston has a ton of debris, and structural damage, but not the devastation that was initially reported. The storm surge was pretty intense, and everything was under water for a while, so lots of work to be done.
Have you seen the pictures of the boats on the freeway? Crazy. Houston had a lot of flooding, I-10 was completely under water by TC Jester. Sounds like Conroe and the Woodlands have TONS of trees down, and pretty much everyone lost power.
But the reconstruction process has begun. Here's the thing, the news is deliberately negative. They're showing all the city/state/Federal officials bickering and the gripers at the gas station. Ignore all that. Everyone we've talked to in person tells stories of neighbors chipping in, and community and kindness. That's what I wanted to hear, because that's the Texas I know. Sappy, but true.
Mama and Bob are back from Austin, and got power back today. Have not heard from G. Leah and Nate are in Tulsa, and Calvin has trees down and no lights but he's fine. Rob and Steph are out at Eva's and are supposed to be getting some help and supplies today.
Update: I forgot to talk here about Richy's grandparents! What a schmuck I am! They had a tree fall on their house, and it is pretty much irreparable, from what I understand.
Feel free to post needs here, so we can help each other.