Ike bears down on Houston: "Whatever reports you're hearing are lies"

Editor’s Note: The S&R team just received the following e-mail from our friend and colleague Edmundo Rocha, who lives in Houston. The city has had time to prepare, but it sounds as though significant errors have placed people in greater danger. Fingers crossed for Edmundo and everybody else down there – we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

UPDATE: More here.

In the city’s attempt not to repeat the steps Mayor Ray Nagin took with Gustav, Houston has created a major clusterfuck. In trying to maintain order and avoiding mass panic, I can tell you, it has failed.

Whatever reports you’re hearing are lies. During the day, the city and county told us to fill our gas tanks as part of storm preparations. However, the one model forecasters relied on for previous hurricanes, which happens to say we were in the path, was ignored. As the day went on, things were getting grimmer and people are now panicking as shown in this pic. This is the reason why gas stations are running dry.

We were told to stay in place. They mis-estimated the path and ignored previous storm patterns. Now we are suffering the consequences. The word this morning is that we are screwed, but the ones that fucked worst are the ones living on the coast. By Sunday, Galveston, Freeport and many other cities will look like Gulfport, MS after Katrina.

As I write this e-mail, these towns are already under water and the hurricane has yet to make landfall. This may be premature and I’m most likely writing this in fear. I really don’t know what is going to happen once the storm passes over. Shock, PTSD, or ….. Unless a miracle happens, I would rather tell you with a sound mind.

Si Dios quiere. I’ll see you on the flip side.

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