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    We've noticed that Palifoxia seem to need a rainy fall to really put on a show. During the drought two years ago I hardly saw any. This year they are spectacular.
    Apparently like many tough native plants, the seeds can lie dormant during dry periods and then come to life in good years.

    Our small creek rose very quickly in the early morning hours Halloween day, then started dropping quickly later that morning once the rains stopped. Our house is  50 feet above the creek , and our sandy soil drains quickly, so our house will never be flooded ( unless there is a flood of biblical proportions!).  

    The damage along Onion Creek is devastating and hasn't gotten much notice in the media.One survivor I know said the water came up unbelievably fast-she managed to cling to a tree, but her dog was swept away when she had to let him go in order to hold on. Her house will have to be demolished, and they are working today to salvage what they can. The City is going to buy a lot of the houses, so at least there is that.

    Red Cross Disaster Relief is a way to help.Volunteers are also needed to help flooded residents with clean up and salvage.

    Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.- Molly Ivins

    by loblolly on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 09:02:42 AM PST

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