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Democrat Mayor of Houston ignores Fed warning in Hurricane Harvey

Democratic Mayor of Houston (Sylvester Turner) ignores Fed warning in Hurricane Harvey

1. Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) warns Texans in Houston

On Friday, before Harvey made landfall, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) encouraged residents to evacuate low lying and coastal areas, even if a mandatory evacuation order had not been issued.

“Even if an evacuation order hasn’t been issued by your local official, if you’re in an area between Corpus Christi and Houston, you need to strongly consider evacuating,” Abbott said at a news conference. “What you don’t know, and what nobody else knows right now, is the magnitude of flooding that will be coming.

“You don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you could be subject to a search and rescue.”

The governor’s warning was in sharp contrast to the advice local and county officials had been dispensing for days: Shelter and stay in place.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) told residents to prepare for “a very major disaster” in Hurricane Harvey during a Friday news conference.

Despite no mandatory evacuations being issued, Abbott urged citizens to evacuate from low-lying and coastal areas while there is still time. Harvey, he said, “has turned into a very complex and dangerous hurricane,” and said the state will be “dealing with immense, really record-setting flooding in multiple regions across the state of Texas.”

“Even if an evacuation order hasn’t been issued by your local official,” Abbott stressed, “if you’re in an area between Corpus Christi and Houston, you need to strongly consider evacuating.”

Abbott said that mandatory evacuation orders are left up to local officials who have the best understanding of their regions, and that he has already sent a request to President Trump to declare a major federal disaster in Texas.

Nevertheless, Abbott’s rightful and laudable efforts to manage the hurricanes continue unabated.



2. Houston Democrat Mayor,  Sylvester Turner, ignores the warning

In contrast, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner purposely ignores the Governor’s warning, either because of complete and woeful incompetence or playing partisan politics, or both. Why setting up weather forecast system and contingent planning at all if they are not to be heeded or used? Here is what Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Aug 24, 2017, 3 days before the flood: “Ignore unfounded, unsourced weather predictions that have needlessly frightened Houstonians. Get info from trusted outlets.”


3. Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management ignores warning

“LOCAL LEADERS KNOW BEST,” Francisco Sanchez, also a Democrat and a spokesman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, tweeted in response to Abbott’s warning.

There were no evacuation orders in Houston, and orders only existed in a few communities in Harris County, Sanchez stressed on Friday afternoon.

In a follow-up tweet, Sanchez urged residents to heed the advice of local officials, such as Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (D) and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D), rather than the governor. In fact, it seems he dismissed or even mocked the governor for not knowing what would be best for the community by adamantly emphasizing “LOCAL LEADERS KNOW BEST” in his tweet.


4. The outcome

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Hurricane Harvey turned out to be as Category 4 Hurricane, exactly as forecast, and the city of Houston became severely flooded as a result, as many places were as much as 17 feet underwater. This was in vast contrast with the assessment by Sylvester Turner. Texas Governor Greg Abbott was correct in his recommendation of evacuation of Houston residents. By contrast, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was absolutely erroneous in his ordering Houston residents to stay. Instead of evacuating 6.4 million residents by cars and trucks, now the evacuation of the same number of residents must be done by boats- an undertaking apparently more costly and more challenging.

As expected, the failed Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was quick to blame other factors to deflect criticism of his unwise and costly decision.

Long line of compassionate volunteers with boats from Cajun Navy come to the rescue. Houston Flood, Hurricane Harvey. Texas.

5. Houston residents angry over incompetent Democrats putting millions of human lives at risk.

Needless to say, residents of Houston and Harris County caught up as victims in Harvey, the Category 4 Hurricane, and the subsequent flood, were not too kind in their thoughts of the Mayor. Torrential rains and flood were met with torrential tweets from angry residents of Houston and Harris County, including constituents of this racist, incompetent Democratic black Mayor. Here are what people think about this assessment:


6. Difference with Katrina

The Storms

Katrina: It made landfall near the Louisiana/Mississippi border on Aug. 29, 2005, as a Category 3 storm and measured 350 miles across. However, the relatively low classification, based on wind speed, was deceptive because Katrina produced the highest storm surge ever recorded in the United States.

Harvey: It made landfall in Rockport, Tex., on Friday as a Category 4 storm, measuring 200 miles across, but was quickly downgraded. As of Monday, it was expected to linger for days, causing the National Weather Service to warn, “This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown.”

Deaths and Damage

Katrina: One of the deadliest hurricanes ever to strike the United States, Katrina was responsible for 1,833 deaths, and some bodies were untouched for days. The storm inflicted more than $100 billion in damage, with most of it caused by wind, storm surge and the failure of the levees. Katrina also left three million people across the region without power.

Harvey: Local officials have reported at least 10 deaths in Texas since the storm began, and the number could rise. Heavy rains and flooding are expected to continue at least through Friday, and most of the damage could be caused by flooding.

As for the economy, the Gulf region’s capacity as an oil and gas hub — Houston accounted for 2.9 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product in 2015 — does not appear to have been seriously compromised, and economists were predicting that the storm’s cost would be less than half that of Katrina’s. So far in Texas, there are 300,000 people without power.


Katrina: Rain was not the main problem with Katrina, which yielded 5 to 10 inches of rainfall in a 48-hour period.

Harvey: By contrast, Harvey brought a deluge, with up to 50 inches of rain predicted over the next several days — more than Houston receives in a year.


Katrina: The mandatory evacuation of New Orleans was announced a day before the storm hit. An estimated 100,000 people remained stuck in the city. A few weeks later, in another chaotic evacuation, more than 100 people died leaving the Houston area to escape Hurricane Rita.

Harvey: Houston did not call on residents to evacuate and is now urging those who can to shelter in place. However, as the rain continued on Monday, a growing number of other jurisdictions — like Bay City, which expected 10 feet of water downtown — urged residents to leave.


Katrina: displaced over a million people and damaged or destroyed 275,000 homes. Almost a million households received individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Harvey: We don’t know yet how many people will be forced out of their homes. But the vast majority of homes in Harvey’s path are not insured against flooding, according to figures from the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA officials estimated that 450,000 people were likely to seek federal aid.


Katrina: Evacuation chaos and mostly unfounded panic over riots and violence made issues of race, poverty and government failures impossible to ignore. The breaches of the levees compounded those problems and represented an engineering failure of grave proportions.

Harvey: Harvey will likely sharpen an ongoing debate over whether Houston, a city driven by real estate, has overbuilt at the expense of flood control.


7. Conclusion


Due to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s bad decision, 46 deaths (and counting) and massive amount of damages could likely have been avoided, either fully or partially, had many of the residents, especially in the lowland areas, were evacuated as warned before the Category 4 Hurricane Harvey landed in Houston, Harris County, Port Arthur, Beaumont areas. Indeed, this incompetent & corrupt Houston Mayor already has blood on his hands merely 1 year into his governance and mayorship.

It’s not just partisan politics, Democrats in local, municipal, state, and federal governments have notoriously been known as corrupt and incompetent, as many of the Democrat mayors have persistently run previously prosperous U.S. cities to the ground. However, it is ultimately the residents of those cities, Houston included, would pay the prices for their costly votes. It is unfortunate for the non-Democrat voters of those cities who usually find themselves being victimized by the votes not of their own whenever a Democrat or a RINO (Republican In Name Only) wins the election. American Patriots should participate more in the political process and vote for the right candidate to avoid being victimized by the incompetent Democrat or RINO.