Ike hit hard in Liberty County, resid...

Ike hit hard in Liberty County, resident says

There are 80 comments on the Houston Chronicle story from Sep 14, 2008, titled Ike hit hard in Liberty County, resident says. In it, Houston Chronicle reports that:

The area around Cleveland in Liberty County - northeast of Houston and far from the coast, but smack on Hurricane Ike's path inland - took a hard hit, resident Angela Davidson said today.

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Kimberly

Roanoke, VA

#21 Sep 16, 2008
My mom left yesterday to help wiht a feeding unit in TX. I spoke with her moments ago and he said her team is headed to Liberty. Connection wasn't great but I think she said they would be serving a meal tonight at Liberty Baptist Church. HELP IS ON THE WAY!!!
Cyndi

Pottstown, PA

#22 Sep 16, 2008
I am trying to find out if my Aunt in Goodrich is ok. She lives in goodrich texas, I know that her suddivision has a lake so I am not sure of the name of it. Can someone respond so I will know she is ok. Her name is aileen fisher.
Thanks
Dude

Atlanta, GA

#23 Sep 16, 2008
Donna Koontz wrote:
It appears that little is being done for the the residents of Libety County by Federal and State agencies. Liberty has been hit very hard and received little notice of evacuation according to people I know from the area.
Officials need to get their heads out of the sand and take care of the people who voted for them!
What have the residents of Liberty done for the residents of Liberty? From reading the posts, it seems like some of the people have gotten up, gone out and found the relief that need for their families, and then there are the Obama voters who are waiting for someone to come to their door and take care of everything for them. I work in public safety, and I assure you that your local government are in the same boat that you are in but they have the added responsibility of putting everything back on track and handling everyone else's problems.
Dude

Atlanta, GA

#24 Sep 16, 2008
LISA R wrote:
NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME! JUST LOOK AROUND AND SEE HOW HARD WE ALL GOT HIT BY HURRICANE IKE. IT HAS DEVISTATED EVERYONE FROM GALVESTON ON UP PAST LIBERTY COUNTY. I DON'T THINK THEY REALLY REALIZED HOW MUCH OF A HARD AND DIRECT HIT WE WERE ALL GOING TO GET. LIBERTY COUNTY, CLEVELAND TEXAS IS NOT GETTING MUCH HELP AT ALL. I OPENED UP MY HOME THAT HAS DAMAGES BUT PART DOES NOT, TO FAMILY'S. WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF FOOD. WAITED TODAY AT MURPHY'S GAS STATION FOR 5 HOURS TO GET A FEW GAL.OF GAS TO RUN GENERATOR FOR A FEW HOURS TO COOK FOR ALL 10 CHILDREN OF THE FAMILY'S. NO END IN SIGHT AT THIS POINT, AND IT WILL GET MUCH WORSE IF WE RESIDENTS OF CLEVELAND DOES NOT GET HELP. 2 BAGS OF ICE AND A CASE OF WATER ONLY LAST UNTIL WE GET BACK TO THE HOUSE, WITH THIS MANY PEOPLE TRYING TO STAY TOGETHER CAUSE ONE HOME HAS LESS DAMAGE THAN THE OTHERS. WHEN IS FEMA, OR RED CROSS GOING TO HELP CLEVELAND RESIDENTS AND WHERE WILL THEY BE AT. BY THE TIME YOU CATCH WIND OF ANYTHING, EVERYTHING IS GONE AT THIS POINT! ONE GOOD THING THOUGH---IS WAL-MART, THANK GOD FOR MURPHY'S GAS STATION THAT IS OWNED BY WALMART. THEY ARE THE ONLY PLACE IN TOWN TO GET GAS AND VERY ORGANIZED ABOUT IT AS WELL. THE LINES WERE EXTREAMLY LONG, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN LINE FOR GAS. WHERE IS THE GENERATORS AT, IT WOULD BE NICE IF SOMEONE COULD TELL US RESIDENTS INFORMATION. GOD BLESS EVERYONE IN CLEVELAND AND EVERYWHERE ELSE THAT SURVIVED THIS STORM.
I am hundreds of miles away in Georgia and all we heard for days before this happened was that it was going to be devastating, that it was going to hit Texas full force, that power would be out for weeks, that if you were in the path you should evacuate, etc. Now you are saying that no one told you anything, no one has come to you to help you, no one is doing anything for you. Good Lord, get up, go out and find out where the relief is and what you can do to help yourself. It would be nice if the Gov't could come hold your hand, but millions of people are in the same boat as you right now. Life is about personal responsibility, not what is somebody else gonna do for me.
onlymm

United States

#25 Sep 16, 2008
I've read where state troopers, firemen, and many rescue workers are without food and water. Anyone know anything about this? wHAT AREA THIS IS IN?
Dude

Atlanta, GA

#26 Sep 16, 2008
Patty wrote:
THe sherriff did not even evacuate the jail they remained in their dark ceil with out any air conditioning(remember most jails dont have window) until Sunday when they were sent to another facility. Rising water and damage to the jail. They were sent without any of their belongings or notification to their families. They received no water or food for noon until late that night.
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW, you do know that they only keep criminals in the jail right? They earned the right to be there by violating someone elses rights. Just so we are clear on that part.
MAM -Casper WY

Davenport, IA

#27 Sep 16, 2008
Dude wrote:
<quoted text>
I am hundreds of miles away in Georgia and all we heard for days before this happened was that it was going to be devastating, that it was going to hit Texas full force, that power would be out for weeks, that if you were in the path you should evacuate, etc. Now you are saying that no one told you anything, no one has come to you to help you, no one is doing anything for you. Good Lord, get up, go out and find out where the relief is and what you can do to help yourself. It would be nice if the Gov't could come hold your hand, but millions of people are in the same boat as you right now. Life is about personal responsibility, not what is somebody else gonna do for me.
This is a place for your policital jam session. Most people on here are trying to find out if their loved ones are ok. Leave the politics til later or on another chat board. If you don't know anything, leave it to those that do. thank you. Again, I'm trying to find out how things are in Coldspring and in Conroe, I have friends and family in both places and am worried for their safety. Any help would be appreciated.
joyce

Nacogdoches, TX

#28 Sep 16, 2008
to the people with no gas: There is gas in Lufkin and Nacogdoches- about 1 1/2 hour drive. My aunt and grandpa had to drive from Rye to just get gas for their generators, I guess.
Ann

Richardson, TX

#29 Sep 16, 2008
I grew up in Liberty and went through every storm from Carla to Alisha. In 1983, we were without power for over a week and it never occurred to me to go any further than my own pantry for food and water. It is a shame so many new people have moved into the area in the last 25 years. They seem totally incapable of taking care of themselves even on a day-to-day basis, much less under any type of emergency.

I wasn't able to get my 80+ year-old parents on the line Saturday morning because they were out cleaning up their yard. By noon they and their neighbors and cut and stacked most of the limbs by the curb and were in the process of raking up the leaves. By evening, they had located the leaks and put tarps over them.

Sunday morning they were at church and Monday morning they were back at church heading out on work crews and cooking lunches. They haven't had time to worry if FEMA is going to show up.

Granted, they were not hit as hard as some, but I doubt they would have acted much different if the house would have been blown away.
citizen

Frisco, TX

#30 Sep 16, 2008
There IS gas at certain places...you'll have to wait but that's to be expected. We are complaining, but try going home to Galveston, Bridge City, or Orage. Some of my family have NOTHING to come home to! Go wait in line and get some gas...deal with the heat. My entire family is doing it and we did it through Rita...and we are still here. Power is quickly coming up in the Beaumont area, so atleast you will soon be able to drive there and get all the things you need.
Ann

Richardson, TX

#31 Sep 16, 2008
Yes, there is gas in Liberty County. The problem is having to use generators to pump it. So they are only pumping at certain times of the day. And yes the lines are long. I have had no problems getting through on either landline phones or cellphones. From what I understand stores are also open.
Renae-N-Virginia

Richmond, VA

#32 Sep 16, 2008
Donna Harris wrote:
<quoted text>In the town of Liberty or Liberty County as a whole? I'm not sure the folks in Tarkington or surrounding areas can get to Liberty. Dayton was hit really hard according to one of my family members, maybe the hardest. Hope you get all of the help you need to get your home and business back together. Appreciate what your folks are doing!!!!! God Bless to all who are pitching in to help!
I think they are at Liberty Baptist Church, They arrived late last night and the church sign was blown down so when I spoke to them this morning they didnt actually know what church they were at. However they were waiting on food from Red Cross to arrive so they could begin cooking. If you can get there I would go!
Ann

Richardson, TX

#33 Sep 16, 2008
Tarkington Prairie is about 30 miles from Liberty, through the river bottom, a very wooded area. It is going to be much better for them to go to Cleveland to get supplies or on up to Livingston.
Concerned

Asheville, NC

#34 Sep 16, 2008
Ann wrote:
I grew up in Liberty and went through every storm from Carla to Alisha. In 1983, we were without power for over a week and it never occurred to me to go any further than my own pantry for food and water. It is a shame so many new people have moved into the area in the last 25 years. They seem totally incapable of taking care of themselves even on a day-to-day basis, much less under any type of emergency.
I wasn't able to get my 80+ year-old parents on the line Saturday morning because they were out cleaning up their yard. By noon they and their neighbors and cut and stacked most of the limbs by the curb and were in the process of raking up the leaves. By evening, they had located the leaks and put tarps over them.
Sunday morning they were at church and Monday morning they were back at church heading out on work crews and cooking lunches. They haven't had time to worry if FEMA is going to show up.
Granted, they were not hit as hard as some, but I doubt they would have acted much different if the house would have been blown away.
That is wonderful that your parents were able to do that for themselves and others. Unfortunately, my parents aren't in that shape, my mom has breast cancer and my dad has Parkinson's disease. My mom and dad have always been involved in their community. My mother was a Sunday school teacher until a few years ago, and substitute teaches at an elementary for children with special needs. I don't believe they are asking anyone to feel sorry for them, they just need basic supplies and need to know where they can get them.
Ann

Richardson, TX

#35 Sep 16, 2008
Concerned, where are your parents located and I'll see what I can find out as far as getting them some help.
Liberty County Employee

Englewood, CO

#36 Sep 16, 2008
Our County Officials aren't at FAULT here! It is FEMA and the federal Government! They dropped the ball and gave all the food, water and Ice to Harris county! Our County officials have been working thier behinds off!!!!!!!!!!
Donna Harris wrote:
Worried Mother, I am a worried daughter. My family is also in Liberty County. Cleveland to be exact. They have heard no information regarding supplies being brought in to assist them. No water, ice, food - in a word - nothing! They are also being told that it may be up to 3 weeks before power is restored. They didn't receive any assistance when Hurricane Rita struck either. Galveston residents were instructed to leave, however Harris County and Liberty County and other surrounding Counties were instructed to "hunker down". They did what they were told by officials and now where is the assistance they need? Oh, and by the way, they didn't receive any kind of FEMA assistance during Rita either! Officials beware - election time is coming - get your people the help they need!!!!
Ann

Richardson, TX

#37 Sep 16, 2008
Oh PLEASE, where in the Constitution or Bill of Rights does it say the federal government is supposed to provide food, water, and ice. It is not the responsibility of the federal government, state government, or even local government. People need to prepare themselves for these situations and given that there are always some that do not, they better be prepared to help their neighbor as well. That is what I am hearing first-hand out of Liberty.

I know most of the elected officials in Liberty County and quite a few of the employees. Some are real good people and some are good for nothing.

From what I am hearing it sounds like things are going pretty smoothly there considering the circumstances. I just get tired of seeing people complaining on TV of the internet when they did absolutely nothing to prepare for a hurricane and after it comes expect to just sit until some one knocks on their door to hand them their ice water and hot meal.
melmil

United States

#38 Sep 16, 2008
Your daughter can go to Stancil Park in Cleveland. Fema has set up a distribution center there that provides ice and water. I am not sure if there is any food available, though. Also, there is a Verizon Wireless store next to Walmart in Cleveland that is open, and she may be able to make free phone calls from there but I am not sure, worth checking into. Hope this helps.
Donna Harris wrote:
Worried Mother, I am a worried daughter. My family is also in Liberty County. Cleveland to be exact. They have heard no information regarding supplies being brought in to assist them. No water, ice, food - in a word - nothing! They are also being told that it may be up to 3 weeks before power is restored. They didn't receive any assistance when Hurricane Rita struck either. Galveston residents were instructed to leave, however Harris County and Liberty County and other surrounding Counties were instructed to "hunker down". They did what they were told by officials and now where is the assistance they need? Oh, and by the way, they didn't receive any kind of FEMA assistance during Rita either! Officials beware - election time is coming - get your people the help they need!!!!
melmil

United States

#39 Sep 16, 2008
How I found out where the FEMA distribution sites for Liberty county were, in order to tell my family where they could get help, was absurd, really. I have been looking for the info for a day, and was not able to find any information on where they could get help in their area - all info was about Houston-Galveston. I went to the congressman web site for Liberty county to email him as to where services are in the county for hurricane victims, and found the information listed on his website.
Donna Harris wrote:
<quoted text>How did you find out they were there yesterday. My family hasn't heard anything. I don't know where you live in Cleveland, but they are in Tarkington. It took a long time for them to get any assistance and received no assistance from Rita even though my parents are close to 80 and had so much debris that it took them almost a year to clean everything up. My sister lost her power pole to her house and it took four months to get it replaced. Not trying to be ugly or anything, but maybe the message isn't getting to everyone. It is hard being in North Carolina and knowing my family is there.
melmil

United States

#40 Sep 16, 2008
Coldspring has a FEMA distribution center for ice, water, at the county annex downtown. Parts of Conroe regained power today, as well as Huntsville. Coldspring, Shepherd, and Cleveland are still without power. Quite a few stores reopened in Conroe today - Krogers is open, HEB, Home Depot. Gas is in short supply though - as is the case everywhere. I know that in Shepherd, not too far from Coldspring, they are rationing the gas - 20$ a visit, 1 visit a day, and cash only as no electricity means no ATM-credit cards. I45 from Conroe to Houston is open, as is the 610, but I am not sure if road from Conroe to Coldspring is cleared - if it is, it is probably the work of citizens with chainsaws, as many have been clearing roads in the area. Coldspring is pretty cut off from everywhere anyhow, so any way to get money, gas to relatives this weekend would be best time.
MAM -Casper WY wrote:
<quoted text>
This is a place for your policital jam session. Most people on here are trying to find out if their loved ones are ok. Leave the politics til later or on another chat board. If you don't know anything, leave it to those that do. thank you. Again, I'm trying to find out how things are in Coldspring and in Conroe, I have friends and family in both places and am worried for their safety. Any help would be appreciated.

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