We live outside the flood and storm surge zones, and coastal evacuation zone, so my wife and I will more than likely be staying put during Ike. Unless it gets uncomfortably close, we will sit it out in the house. If it comes close, or gets bigger than we expect, our church has an educational building build in the 1960’s out of reinforced concrete and cinder block, and has no windows in the back. My office will make a comfortable refuge.
The projected storm path will put a lot of water, something like 16-18 feet, into Galveston Bay, and that will test the levee system on the east side of the Houston area, Galveston county and along the bay and ship channel. The whole east side of the area is under 25 feet above sea level, so there will be lots of high water. That is the biggest worry in our area. Much of that area flooded during tropical storm Allison in 2002, but the levees weren’t much help then because it rained 30 inches. The levees haven’t been tested by a hurricane since 1983.
We are praying for God’s strength to sustain us, and get us through this. We also pray that, as ministry opportunities open up, we will carry the name of Jesus into everything that we do.
I am thinking of, and praying for people I know who live in the Freeport-Lake Jackson area, members of a church where I once served on staff. I am also thinking of the staff of the Texas Baptist Encampment at Palacios, which is right on the coast, and which has only recently recovered from major damage done by Hurricane Claudette just a few years ago. Palacios looks like it might be ground zero for Ike. Today, take the time to lift people up to the Lord.