60% of Southeast Texas is without power ! The good news 9,500 utility crews from throughout the U.S. and Canada have arrived to turn the lights on ! The local YMCA is allowing non members to use its facilities to take showers, and charge cell phones. One feeding location in Baytown to our east has served over 1,500 meals today. My hat is off for the Red Cross and North Carolina Baptist Men for that one. Bolivar Peninsula is accessible only by boat or helicopter.
Several local hospitals remain closed. Large generators are starting to arrive to power clinics, gas stations etc. Downed trees and limbs are still on the ground everywhere. Hundreds if not thousands of traffic lights are out accross the region making even routine travel more dangerous than normal.
My family occupies five residences in the area. Of those 3 have yet to regain electric power. Two of those fortunately have generators. Thank God ! My mom's house, which is the house I grew up in lost many shingles from the roof, but otherwise seems ok pending closer inspection. All the people I care about continue to be safe, although life is a lot more inconvenient than usual. I continue to pray thank fully to God that we didn't fare much worse
Food, Ice, Water continue to be in very short supply. Baby formula seems to be a particular need that we are not cathing up with right now.
I continue to be concerned that many people here locally are in a state of denial. They don't seem to want to believe how bad this disaster is, or how long it wil take to recover. When reality hits them coping will become even more difficult, and our work even mor eimportant.