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Re: Rita update


Noreen, Pam & Zem,
Good to hear you are all well & whole in the aftermath of the storm. Hope
Scottie check in soon. We're just back home after a weekend visiting with
friends. The hurricane coverage has been amazing. I would rather see less
news and have everyone safe.
----- Original Message -----
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2005 7:44 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Rita update


> Anyone that was in an area that had a mandatory evacuation, and even those
> that were in a voluntary evacuation didn't have to report to work.....no
matter
>  where, unless they were essential.  Then they evacuated their families,
and
> they stayed.  We know several doctors that were on call at the Texas
Medical
> Center downtown, some had their families evacuated, others  didn't.
Employers
> could not punish those people for not showing up to work,  but they did
have
> to call in, etc.  In areas where there was mandatory
evacuation....everything
> was pretty much shut down anyway.  We were in  a voluntary evacuation
area,
> so it was his choice to go to work, it was  Wed....storm wasn't to hit
until
> Sat. morning.  All of Houston and  surrounding areas had a shelter in
place set
> for Friday and Sat....which meant  nobody went anywhere, all businesses,
etc.
> were shut down.  Most are still  shut down until at least Monday.  Schools
are
> closed till the middle or end  of week depending on where they are.
> Many areas still have no electricity.  Right now most people are doing
clean
> up work at their homes, etc. Nothing will resume normal operation until it
> is deemed safe to return to normal activity.  This makes it difficult
since
> very few gas stations, grocery stores, etc. are open.  Most people who
stayed
> stocked up on essentials for a good week, so nobody is starving or
> such.....however, it makes it difficult for people coming back not to be
able to get
> things.  Neighbors and businesses are helping  each other out.   People
are just
> now slowly coming back into the  city, most will probably not come back
till
> Monday or so.
>
> Finally heard from one friend who lives in Beaumont, they evacuated in
their
> travel trailer, so have a place to stay even when they finally are able to
> come back.  They dont' know about the condition of their home or their
> beautiful gardens and greenhouses......from what they have seen and heard,
it's  not
> good.  Have not heard from the friends who live in Orange or Port  Arthur
yet
> though.  I'm sure they evacuated though.
>
> Rita kicked up a serious heat wave around Texas.  Corpus had 106
yesterday,
> was 100 at 8 p.m., San Antonio had 104.  We were fortunate and  still
haven't
> hit triple digits, but these 15 degree above normal temps are a  killer
either
> way....thank goodness we have power, but for those that don't it's  rough!
> Thanks everyone for caring and for the prayers, etc.  Sure  means an awful
lot.
>
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texa Gulf Coast
>
> In a message dated 9/24/2005 9:16:43 PM Central Standard Time,
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
>
> Noreen,  I understand why you
> ended up staying, but I wonder about your husband's  company putting him
at
> risk by making him stay so late that he had no other  choice.  Should he
have
> chosen to get out and risk not having a job to  come back to?
>
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