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kaneboats
09-12-2011, 03:54 PM
We've had a few folks on here mention the drought and show their own photos. Most really have no idea how severe it is. The photos on this blog show the real state of things in rural Texas. Our friends in this region are in our prayers.

http://photoblog.statesman.com/dry-season-the-texas-drought-of-2011

viking
09-12-2011, 05:59 PM
WOW - that's bad.
I'd be interested to see pics of some of the streams/rivers when the water is at "normal" levels. Can't imagine the difference in scenes :(

moombadaze
09-12-2011, 06:39 PM
Thanks for sharing--had no idea it was like that

they need a month long tropical storm

rc5695
09-12-2011, 06:54 PM
Sorry to see it so bad... Prayers lifted...

sandm
09-12-2011, 07:12 PM
sad pics.. hope it all comes around.

matt75
09-12-2011, 10:14 PM
We're setting records on the heat as well. Another one today at 101 degrees. I feel most for the people with ranches who depend on it. Fires are under control in my area, but we need rain badly. I believe we're about 26 inches below normal rainfall. A stalled tropical depression over the area would be welcome!

jpetty3023
09-13-2011, 12:02 AM
Thanks for the prayers maniacs!!! Much needed prayers and rain our way. Weather man said just yesterday we are set for an el Nina(spelling) so not much rain anticipated during the winter either. Hope there wrong about that prediction or next year our season may never kick off

08LSV
09-13-2011, 12:27 AM
We're setting records on the heat as well. Another one today at 101 degrees. I feel most for the people with ranches who depend on it. Fires are under control in my area, but we need rain badly. I believe we're about 26 inches below normal rainfall. A stalled tropical depression over the area would be welcome!

I grew up in North Houston and let me tell you when someone from The Woodlands says they need rain badly its a big freakin deal. I don't ever remember anyone from the Houston area saying that.... When I was a kid we used to joke that it rained somewhere in Houston at least once a day and we were not far off from the truth with that comment. We have a farm in Madisonville, TX that has been in our family for over 120yrs and recently sold the cattle and leased the land to another cattleman after our uncle who took care of it passed away so we have not been financially affected much. Luckily we have never had to depend on it to make a living. My sister was there two weeks ago and almost cried when she saw how bad it was. We had a several acre stock pond filled with some of the biggest Catfish you have ever seen. We used to hand feed them dog food and they would churn the water like crazy. It would scare our friends the first time they saw it. All gone now... Water, Catfish everything.

We have Texas in our prayers and hope others will include it in theirs.

rdlangston13
09-13-2011, 05:15 AM
Driving out to our lake house on lake Livingston it looks like fall from all the brown and yellow trees. This is what Lubbock is supposed to look like, not east tx. All the txdot signs on the freeway say "extreme wildfire conditions" or "conserve water". This high pressure system over us just won't leave and every hurricane/ tropical storm has either gone north east of us or south west. It's very depressing. Luckily the river where I ride still has water but I don't know how long that will last

rdlangston13
09-13-2011, 09:03 PM
my gf just said she saw a new fire on the way to work. she snapped a few pictures. this is the Methodist West Houston Hospital on I-10 and Barker Cypress, right at the Katy/Houston Border. The fire is burning on the south side of I-10

this is from here car, the big brick building is the 6 story tall hospital
http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m523/rdlangston13/fire1.jpg

this is from inside the hospital looking south across I10
http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m523/rdlangston13/fire2.jpg

matt75
09-14-2011, 12:01 AM
David- Hopefully they get the fire under control tonight (and hotspots). The low humidity, lack of rain for months, and wind are recipe for disaster. Magnolia has taken a beating with roads, schools, and businesses evacuated/closed. I think we're gonna see the effects for years to come. Very sad.

chawk610
09-14-2011, 11:19 AM
My father in-law has a ranch in Sugarland... they are parched... selling off livestock... keeping "inventory" to a minimum. Really sad...

you da man
09-14-2011, 11:48 AM
Don't forget about the 800 homes burned in a single fire in Bastrop County. That fire displaced approx 5,000 people.

csm
09-14-2011, 09:02 PM
Don't forget about the 800 homes burned in a single fire in Bastrop County. That fire displaced approx 5,000 people.

We drove through Bastop on I-71 right after they reopened it. Both sides of the freeway looked like a war zone with just black sticks where trees used to be, and several structures burned down. Pretty crazy sight. It's gonna be a while before they're back to normal.

csm
10-30-2011, 08:25 PM
This is the dock at our family's lakehouse. It's gonna be a while before we're back on the water...

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc516/csmontgo/photo.jpg

rdlangston13
10-31-2011, 01:46 AM
This is the dock at our family's lakehouse. It's gonna be a while before we're back on the water...

http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc516/csmontgo/photo.jpg

What lake are you on?

csm
10-31-2011, 04:32 PM
What lake are you on?

That's on Lake Conroe. Haven't seen an inboard on the lake in months.

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dusty2221
10-31-2011, 04:41 PM
This picture makes me cringe.

rdlangston13
10-31-2011, 05:20 PM
That's on Lake Conroe. Haven't seen an inboard on the lake in months.

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we went to M2 on lake conroe friday and it was depressing. i remember may of 2010 we ate at sams boats and the dock was full of people tied off getting a meal. now its just mud and birds.

do you have access to your boat? we always ride the trinity outside of huntsville