Skip to comments.Texas Fire Destroys 1,554 Homes, 17 People Missing
Posted on 09/11/2011 4:18:07 PM PDT by nuconvert
BASTROP, Texas The number of homes destroyed by a Texas wildfire has risen to 1,554 and is expected to further increase as firefighters enter more areas where the blaze has been extinguished, officials said Sunday. Seventeen people remain unaccounted for.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
The losses in property alone is probably over $4 billion.
This just in from Obama:
Prayers for all those in Texas who have been affected by this.
UPDATE: Some on the missing list turn up quickly.
UPDATE: Authorities have released the names of 22 people they say they are looking for after the Bastrop County fires:
Nancy and Ronnie Austead
Ted and Loranne Regan
Mark and Ethol Ehato
Chris Van Bibber
Bo and Ray Ahelton
Frank and Elizabeth Evans
Twenty-two people in the areas affected by the Bastrop Complex fire have not yet been accounted for, Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering said today.
However, he emphasized that that does not necessarily mean that any of them perished in the weeklong, 34,000-acre forest fire east of Bastrop.
We have about 17 people we have not heard from, Pickering said in a news conference. Some of these people may have been on vacation, or whatever.
Actually, the list involves 12 individuals and five couples, a total of 22 people.
UPDATE: Some on the missing list turn up quickly.
Question for anyone that may know.
Is US 71 still closed to through traffic from say LaGrange to Austin?
From your link...”The status of the other 19 people on the list remains unclear at this time.”
I don’t have numbers in front of me but I don’t think IKE destroyed that many homes.
I guess it depends upon the way they are counted. But Ike did a number on many locations from Port Arthur westward past Galveston.
Report: Ike damaged half the homes in Harris County
Shoreacres hardest-hit by Ike, study finds
Hurricane Ike damaged almost half the homes in Harris County and left more than 18,000 dwellings uninhabitable, according to a detailed assessment by the Harris County Housing Authority.
Hardest hit was the small Galveston Bay community of Shoreacres, an all-residential town where 58.6 percent of the homes were destroyed or suffered greater than 50 percent damage, according to the assessment provided to the Houston Chronicle Tuesday.
The report, based on inspections of 774,000 of the countys 994,000 residential units from Sept. 23 through Nov. 13, is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the destruction caused by Ike, although its limited to residential damage in Harris County.
And Ike was a beast!
My wife is starting to pack, just in case. We work out of our home so that would not be good. Thanks in advance.
I'll post later if/when we get an "All's Clear".
Prayers for you and your wife. May the Lord keep His hand of protection around you.
Prayers for you and family.
There was one nw of katy earlier today.
Appears to be open but there are some lane closures due to construction.
Reduced to one lane between Bee Creek Rd and Creek Meadow Cv until further notice. Eastbound and Westbound
Reduced to one lane between RM 2244 and Southwest Pkwy until further notice. Northbound and Southbound
Watch for flag personnel directing traffic.
Eastbound and Westbound Colorado C/L to FM 2546
The fire is contained and All's Clear.
Texas failed to stand up to Billy Jeff’s burning of Waco. Why should Hussein want to stop burning Christians now?
I came home from labor day weekend (after visiting my dad who is battling terminal cancer) to a shattered sliding glass door, tempered glass everywhere (500.00 job); a garbage disposal that needed fixing, a flooded dishwasher, and then our A.C. went out very shortly after that. Normally something like this would really get me down but when I reflect on what is going on in Texas, it really puts things in perspective.
Prayers going up!!1
Prayer Against Storms
Prayer against storms, lightning, earthquake
Jesus Christ, King of Glory, has come in peace. God became man. Christ suffered. Christ was crucified. Christ died. Christ rose from the dead. Christ ascended into heaven. Christ conquers. Christ reigns. Christ orders. May Christ protect us from all storms, lightning and earthquake. Christ went through their midst in peace. And the Word was made flesh. Christ is with us with Mary. Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Judah, the Root David, has won.
Holy God, Holy Mighty God, Holy Immortal God, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Amen. (3x)
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in you! Amen.
I would also urge all Texans to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
And no rain in the forecast at least through this Friday; and most likely no even then - nor next week.
Thanks. I travel that direction often without much notice. I saw last week signs on IH-10 about US 71 being closed and to use US 290 if going to Austin. I was on that section of US 71 Saturday before the fires got enormous on Sunday. Again Thanks for your input.
Missing are down to 6:
BASTROP,Texas (KXAN) - UPDATE: By 9 p.m. Bastrop officials had updated the list to 6 people still missing. Their names are as follows -
Mark and Ethol Ehato
nobama approved federal disaster relief before the east coast hurricane. He still hasn’t agreed to disaster relief for West Texas fires back in the spring. He won’t be helping with these fires either.
Perry needs to keep bringing this up.
Thanks for the update
Thanks for the info..
I pray a lot of them will be found alive and well. Prayers for the families.
It’s hard to comprehend that amount of fire damage but with the thousands of acres burned it has to be devasting when seen in person. I travel that stretch of road at times so I’ll be seeing it before too much longer.
Thanks for sharing the video.
See update at #24
Thanks for posting....I drove Hwy 71 between Austin and LaGrange for years as part of my former job...It’s really sad to see that area destroyed.
“Obama still won’t give a disaster declaration. What a jerk!”
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
September 10, 2011
President Obama Signs Texas Disaster Declaration
The stories about people's pets and livestock being found dead or having to be euthanized because of severe burns are the most heartbreaking to me.
Material things are replaceable. A friend's home:
Do you know of any reputable local organizations accepting donations to help the folks affected by this fire?
I’m not inclined to donate to the ARC since they have a history of skimming and other shenanigans.
Please disregard, found this page with many organizations helping out.
He’s all heart, ain’t he?...
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