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  •  Looks lke (4+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, khowell, politik, Yasuragi

    South Padre island is right in the middle of the projected path with 90 mph winds.

    Before the big hotels, I camped down there with a young couple. Ended up spending the night with her husband, because she ran back to Harlingen for a corkscrew. The ranger warned us about gale force winds, but we had to wait for the wife. She didn't get back until the next morning, because the roads were all flooded.

    I guess the big hotels can take it, but roads in the Rio Grande Valley -- which has terrible poverty -- will flood. The land is flat as a flitter and about sea-level. There's just no place for it to go.

    How can I be glad Alex is going there and not Louisiana? But I am.

    Thanks for the news, politik.

    Solar & wind NOW! ~~~ No more death for oil!

    by cotterperson on Mon Jun 28, 2010 at 11:06:58 AM PDT

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    •  cotterperson: I can explain that a little bit (8+ / 0-)

      The RGV needs the rain.

      I know that sounds awful, but... it's true.

      The Rio Grande Valley has desperate poverty, yes; but it also has some things no other part of the country sustains. There's the citrus industry (although developers are doing their dead level best to kill that in favor of cookie-cutter over-priced under-built ticky-tack houses), the Valley's farms (it's an ancient alluvial plain; given water, it's some of the most magnificiently productive soil in the USA), and the King Ranch (among others).

      Texas is a desert, even along its coast. We always need the rain. Sometimes, we need it to take longer to fall so it soaks in rather than washing off, but we always need the rain.

      Laguna Atascosa and Santa Ana need the rain; Bentsen-Rio Grande SP needs the rain; and with a little luck, God willing, the creeks WILL rise and we'll be rid of that never-damned-enough border fence!

      Texas is NO Bush League! LBJ, Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jun 28, 2010 at 11:14:43 AM PDT

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