Friday, September 19, 2008

The Lone House on the Barrier Island in Texas

Have y'all seen those pictures of the Galveston, Texas area where all of the houses were destroyed except for one? Some people are praising the contractor and owners of the lone house and using this as a club over the heads of those who did lose their homes. The comments are along the lines of "Why didn't the other people build houses like this after the hurricane that hit the area back in 1996?" and "If they couldn't afford to build a house like that, then they had no business living there".

Does that sound familiar? This is really Hurricane Katrina redux. I suppose I'll delve into that a bit more as this situation unfolds. I just wanted to point out some reasons why I'm not impressed with this lone house situation.

The problem is, if the entire area is condemned and the state decides that these homes were built in a bad area that's just going to be hit again, then these folks still won't be able to keep their house. It's also fairly unlikely the electric company is going to spend thousands of dollars to restore power to that area when there's only one house out there, so they would be without this basic service if they did try to move back. These people basically have a really nice house in an uninhabitable area. This is the stuff that people could have learned after the fiasco in Louisiana. This house was built post-Katrina.

Of course, many of us down here remember how Texas and Texans criticized us mercilessly when Louisianians had to evacuate from Hurricane Katrina. Hopefully, that means Texas intends to do a better job with its affected population. Color me cynical but, from the looks of things so far, that's not happening.

Yeah, I'm hella bitter at how the government deals with us coastal Americans.

1 comment:

ASHLEE said...

This time of year, a slim strip of Texas beach known as South Padre Island is hopping with bikini-wearing, hard-drinking college students on spring break. On neighboring North Padre Island, however, the scene tends to be quite a bit calmer. Nearly 70 miles of this Gulf Coast barrier island are national seashore, managed by the National Park Service,except for one heavily visited five-mile stretch, the place is inaccessible by passenger car.

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