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Texas Fire Destroys 1,554 Homes, 17 People Missing
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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.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bastrop; fires; tx; wildfires

1 posted on 09/11/2011 4:18:17 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

The losses in property alone is probably over $4 billion.


2 posted on 09/11/2011 4:20:26 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: nuconvert

This just in from Obama:


3 posted on 09/11/2011 4:20:26 PM PDT by null and void (Day 964 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: nuconvert
Holy cow, that reminds me of the San Diego fires of 2003 when 1500 homes were destroyed and 15 lives were lost, completely avoidable of course as the fire was intentionally started by a lost hunter who was hoping it would bring aid.

Prayers for all those in Texas who have been affected by this.

4 posted on 09/11/2011 4:22:27 PM PDT by South40 (Perry: There is a path to citizenship for ILLEGAL ALIENS who have served THEIR country)
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To: wolfcreek

Fire Ping


5 posted on 09/11/2011 4:24:42 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: nuconvert

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2011/09/11/17_people_unaccounted_for_afte.html

UPDATE: Some on the missing list turn up quickly.
http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2011/09/11/some_on_missing_list_turn_up_q.html

UPDATE: Authorities have released the names of 22 people they say they are looking for after the Bastrop County fires:

Lindsey Walker

Arlene Paige

Lynn Conner

Barbara Bunklage

Nancy and Ronnie Austead

Ted and Loranne Regan

Steve Ingram

Joyce O’Grady

Kim Johns

Gaylon Sampson

Dorthy Dylan

Mark and Ethol Ehato

Cheyene Smith

Chris Van Bibber

Lynn McGarrahan

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.
http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2011/09/11/some_on_missing_list_turn_up_q.html


6 posted on 09/11/2011 4:25:21 PM PDT by deport
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To: All

Question for anyone that may know.

Is US 71 still closed to through traffic from say LaGrange to Austin?


7 posted on 09/11/2011 4:27:18 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

From your link...”The status of the other 19 people on the list remains unclear at this time.”


8 posted on 09/11/2011 4:28:44 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: deport

I don’t have numbers in front of me but I don’t think IKE destroyed that many homes.


9 posted on 09/11/2011 4:28:44 PM PDT by eastforker
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To: eastforker

I guess it depends upon the way they are counted. But Ike did a number on many locations from Port Arthur westward past Galveston.

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/baytown-news/article/Report-Ike-damaged-half-the-homes-in-Harris-1612244.php

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 county’s 994,000 residential units from Sept. 23 through Nov. 13, is the most comprehensive assessment to date of the destruction caused by Ike, although it’s limited to residential damage in Harris County.

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10 posted on 09/11/2011 4:35:22 PM PDT by deport
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To: eastforker

And Ike was a beast!


11 posted on 09/11/2011 4:37:34 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: nuconvert
Requesting prayers for Baylordad. A couple of hours ago a new fire broke out near Bush Intercontinental Airport. That is too close for comfort. We live in a small, heavily wooded subdivision.

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".

12 posted on 09/11/2011 4:43:58 PM PDT by BaylorDad (I can't always buy American, but when I can, it's not UAW!)
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To: BaylorDad

Prayers for you and your wife. May the Lord keep His hand of protection around you.


13 posted on 09/11/2011 4:58:26 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: BaylorDad

Prayers for you and family.

There was one nw of katy earlier today.


14 posted on 09/11/2011 5:10:03 PM PDT by TexMom7
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To: deport

Appears to be open but there are some lane closures due to construction.

Go here: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/road_conditions.htm

Reduced to one lane between Bee Creek Rd and Creek Meadow Cv until further notice. Eastbound and Westbound
Travis County

Reduced to one lane between RM 2244 and Southwest Pkwy until further notice. Northbound and Southbound
Travis County

Watch for flag personnel directing traffic.
Eastbound and Westbound Colorado C/L to FM 2546
Wharton County


15 posted on 09/11/2011 5:24:11 PM PDT by TexMom7
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To: momtothree; TexMom7
Thanks for your post.

The fire is contained and All's Clear.

16 posted on 09/11/2011 5:30:27 PM PDT by BaylorDad (I can't always buy American, but when I can, it's not UAW!)
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To: nuconvert

Texas failed to stand up to Billy Jeff’s burning of Waco. Why should Hussein want to stop burning Christians now?


17 posted on 09/11/2011 6:13:35 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: nuconvert

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.


18 posted on 09/11/2011 6:47:47 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: BaylorDad

Prayers going up!!1


19 posted on 09/11/2011 6:49:16 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: nuconvert

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.


20 posted on 09/11/2011 6:52:54 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: nuconvert

And no rain in the forecast at least through this Friday; and most likely no even then - nor next week.


21 posted on 09/11/2011 7:02:32 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan
Obama still won't give a disaster declaration. What a jerk!
22 posted on 09/11/2011 8:00:01 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: TexMom7

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.


23 posted on 09/11/2011 8:17:07 PM PDT by deport
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To: nuconvert

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 -

Lindsey Walker

Arlene Paige

Barbara Bunklage

Steve Ingram

Mark and Ethol Ehato


24 posted on 09/12/2011 4:01:05 AM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: deport

It’s open.


25 posted on 09/12/2011 4:02:24 AM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: Grey Eagle

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.


26 posted on 09/12/2011 4:13:17 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: wolfcreek

Thanks for the update


27 posted on 09/12/2011 4:27:49 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: wolfcreek

Thanks for the info..


28 posted on 09/12/2011 4:44:32 AM PDT by deport
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To: deport; nuconvert
This video taken along 71 will give you insight into the extent of the damage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjALyzY5NUE

29 posted on 09/12/2011 5:00:25 AM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; a fool in paradise

Houston ping


30 posted on 09/12/2011 5:04:59 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: nuconvert; ShadowAce
17 People Missing

I pray a lot of them will be found alive and well. Prayers for the families.

31 posted on 09/12/2011 5:07:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: wolfcreek

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.


32 posted on 09/12/2011 5:18:56 AM PDT by deport
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

See update at #24


33 posted on 09/12/2011 5:22:33 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: wolfcreek

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.


34 posted on 09/12/2011 6:59:50 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (Free Republic: where they may agree with the message, but they love to shoot the messenger!)
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To: Grey Eagle

“Obama still won’t give a disaster declaration. What a jerk!”

Found this-

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

September 10, 2011

President Obama Signs Texas Disaster Declaration

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/10/president-obama-signs-texas-disaster-declaration


35 posted on 09/12/2011 8:01:48 AM PDT by Mila
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To: deport
The morning news was showing areas newly open to the public and the destruction is incredible.

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:

36 posted on 09/13/2011 4:19:24 AM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: wolfcreek

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.

Thanks,
SZ


37 posted on 09/13/2011 7:29:09 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: wolfcreek

Please disregard, found this page with many organizations helping out.

http://geekettebits.com/feature/austin-bastrop-fire-donations/


38 posted on 09/13/2011 7:43:09 AM PDT by SZonian (July 27, 2010. Life begins anew.)
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To: null and void
He also comforted families of the missing and those who lost their homes by saying this.....
39 posted on 09/13/2011 7:52:57 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: liberalh8ter

He’s all heart, ain’t he?...


40 posted on 09/13/2011 9:36:52 AM PDT by null and void (Day 966 of America's holiday from reality...)
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