Archive for August, 2017


Capt. Dickerson, of the Ponderosa Fire Department, takes a reporter on a tour by boat through a subdivision in Houston near Cypress Creek. Hundreds of people have been removed from the flooded-out homes over the past 24 hours. Dickerson said he’s seen and heard of people on their second floors, in their attics, on their roofs or even in trees — and some are still refusing to leave.

Source: Think you’ve seen it all in Houston? Neighborhood of…

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Officials have evacuated workers from the Arkema site in Crosby as flooding has created a risk of a chemical reaction leading to fire or possible explosion.

Source: 1.5 mile radius around Crosby plant evacuated amid risk of explosion | abc13.com

Officials have evacuated workers and residents within 1.5 mile from the Arkema site in Crosby as flooding has created a risk of a chemical reaction leading to fire or possible explosion.

According to plant officials, the situation has become serious.

The plant has been shut down since Friday when site leaders were anticipating landfall of Hurricane Harvey. The location received more than 40 inches of rainfall, leaving the site heavily flooded and without electricity since early Sunday morning.

Back-up generators have largely been inundated with water. A small ride-out crew of 11 people remained on site for the last few days, but by Tuesday afternoon, the decision to evacuate all personnel was made.

Arkema officials are working with the Department of Homeland Security and the State of Texas to set up a command post in a suitable location near the site. Refrigeration on some of the back-up product storage containers has been compromised due to extremely high water, which is unprecedented in the Crosby area.

Authorities are monitoring the temperature of each refrigeration container remotely. At this time, they say they do not believe there is any imminent danger, but the potential for a chemical reaction leading to a fire and/or explosion within the site confines is real.

Arkema manufactures organic peroxides at their Crosby plant. The product needs to be stored at a low temperature.

 

 

Arkema Inc. incident news

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Arkema Statement: Status of Plant in Crosby, Texas

6:50 pm est., August 29, 2017

The Arkema site in Crosby, Texas has been shut-down since Friday.

The site anticipated the storm, and safely shut down all operations before hurricane landfall. The facility has had extraordinary levels of rain, receiving approximately 40 inches by Monday afternoon. The site has been heavily flooded and without electric service since early Sunday morning. Back-up generators have largely been inundated with water. A small ride-out crew of eleven people had remained on site for some days.

As of late this afternoon, the situation at the Crosby site had become serious.  In order to ensure the safety of our ride-out team, all personnel have been evacuated from the site at this time.  We are working with the Department of Homeland Security and the State of Texas to set up a command post in a suitable location near our site.  We also have been in contact with other regulatory authorities, who are aware of this situation.

Arkema manufactures organic peroxides at the Crosby plant. The primary challenge has been maintaining refrigeration for these products, which are stored at low temperature. The site lost refrigeration to all of its cold-storage warehouses when electrical power was lost and back-up generators were flooded. Our team then transferred products from the warehouses into diesel-powered refrigerated containers, and continued to monitor the situation.

At this time, refrigeration on some of our back-up product storage containers has been compromised due to extremely high water, rising to levels that are unprecedented in the Crosby area.  Arkema is limited in what it can do to address the site conditions until the storm abates.  We are monitoring the temperature of each refrigeration container remotely.  At this time, while we do not believe there is any imminent danger, the potential for a chemical reaction leading to a fire and/or explosion within the site confines is real.

We have no higher priority than the safety of our employees, neighbors and the environment. We have been working without pause to keep our materials safe.

http://www.arkema-americas.com/en/social-responsibility/incident-news

 

 

Texas Refineries Flooded

 

“A chemical plant in Baytown, Texas, is under attack by water. Baytown is about 35 miles east of Houston.”

Hurricane Harvey is similar in many ways to the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. One of the marked differences is the role modern technology plays in preventing the horrendous loss of life that occurred in 1900 from being repeated today.

The Galveston Hurricane

Harvey may look like the more dangerous hurricane on paper but the consequences of the Galveston Hurricane were much worse.

The city of Galveston was demolished when the hurricane struck on September 8, 1900. The highest points in the city when the hurricane hit ranged between seven and nine feet above sea level. The storm surge crested at 15 feet. The hurricane rolled over the island destroying everything in its path.

Homes were knocked off their foundations and either carried away or reduced to kindling and rubble. Thirty thousand people, almost the entire population of the city, were left homeless. The rest were dead.

The loss of life in Galveston was horrendous. The death toll is estimated between 6,000 and 12,000. The generally accepted total is 8,000 deaths but no one knows for sure. To gain some context, 1,836 people died as a result of Katrina in 2005. Eight thousand dead is more than the number of American deaths in the Iraq and Afghan wars combined. The Galveston Hurricane is the deadliest natural disaster in the history of the United States.

There were too many bodies to bury so the corpses were weighted, shipped out into the Gulf of Mexico on barges, and dumped overboard. Shortly thereafter the bodies began to wash back onshore. The survivors and rescue personnel turned to constructing funeral pyres to burn the corpses. The fires burned day and night for weeks.

Source: As Terrible As Harvey Is, The Galveston Hurricane Of 1900 Was Much, Much Worse

Houston, Before and After Harvey – Video – NYTimes.com

Banjir Akibat Badai Harvey, Houston Terisolasi

Sumedang Media, Houston – google translate:

The flash floods that followed Hurricane Harvey’s storm has made the Houston City in the state of Texas, USA, increasingly isolated on Sunday (27/08/2017) local time. The reason, two airports and highways in the city was closed, while the city residents climbed to the roof of their house in order to avoid the brunt of the flood. AFP reported, two airports …

“Banjir bandang yang terjadi menyusul terjangan Badai Harvey telah membuat Kota Houston di negara bagian Texas, AS, semakin terisolasi pada Minggu (27/8/2017) waktu setempat. Pasalnya, dua bandara dan jalan-jalan raya di kota itu ditutup, sedangkan warga kota naik ke atap rumah mereka demi menghindari terjangan air bah. AFP melaporkan, dua bandara…”

Source: Banjir Akibat Badai Harvey, Houston Terisolasi – Sumedang Media

Officials act to protect downtown Houston from Harvey floods

https://apnews.com/76ee41edba1a48d39428f8a95b6e148a/Officials-act-to-protect-downtown-Houston-from-Harvey-floods

 

Elderly Couple Rescued from Flooded Homem Dickinson, TX – CNN

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