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Old 09-01-2017, 11:19 AM   #1
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Where to begin? We don't live in Houston. We don't live in Rockport. We don't live in Corpus.

We live in a small community that, unless you live in Beaumont or have family there, you've probably never heard of it. We have about 565 households in our little incorporated township, 1300+ citizens.

We're a community that still lives with by-gone traditions. Our kids still ride their bikes and play outside until the street lights come on, we still know everyone else in the neighborhood, and we still wave at everyone walking or driving by.

We have an Easter Egg Hunt, a July 4th celebration with fireworks and a parade, a pet clinic available to everybody, Christmas In The Park, etc. Over the past year, we have raised nearly $30k dollars for a school district legal battle, and 95% of those funds have come from people in this neighborhood.

Got a tree down? A neighbor will gladly help. Lawnmower broke? A neighbor will gladly help. Tractor work? Car broke down? Home repairs? Yep, a neighbor will gladly help.

We have our own gas station, cajun restaurant, fire station (with the most amazing, selfless volunteers ever), Dollar General, crawfish restaurant, and we even had a feed store at one time.

Unfortunately, we also have a bayou. A mean, vengeful body of water that pulls no punches and has no mercy. She showed her strength in 1994 when she created at 37.5'. Nearly every home out here had water damage in some way. Experts said it was essentially a "Perfect Storm", a 1000 year flood due to circumstances that could never happen again. A travel trailer got caught in the flood and dammed the waterway, causing it to back up.

Fast forward to Harvey. 23 years later. Our little area got nearly 40" of rain. Once again, she pulled no punches. After 4 days, she has finally crested a little over 39.5'. Every. Single. Home is under water. Some had flood insurance, some did not. 95% of the homes are likely a total loss. It probably will be next Friday before we can even get in to see the destruction. We are all in contact with each other through group texts, Facebook groups, and GroupMe. The common theme is support. Love. Togetherness. We will rebuild. We will rebuild stronger and with determination. Because we are Texas Strong. We are Bevil Oaks Strong.


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Old 09-01-2017, 11:20 AM   #2
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A few more.

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Old 09-01-2017, 12:34 PM   #3
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wow, prayers sent
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Old 09-01-2017, 12:55 PM   #4
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Old 09-01-2017, 12:58 PM   #5
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So sorry....prayers sent.
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Old 09-01-2017, 12:59 PM   #6
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Old 09-01-2017, 01:53 PM   #7
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I'm in Beaumont so I know how bad you guys got suckerpunched. Prayers for you and everyone affected around South and Southeast Texas. It will all be ok we've made it through 2 major Hurricanes and we will make it through this one.
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Old 09-01-2017, 04:41 PM   #8
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Wow! Sorry for your loss!
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Old 09-01-2017, 05:07 PM   #9
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Man, never could I have imagined the destruction this storm brought to so many people. I'm sorry to see this.
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Old 09-01-2017, 07:21 PM   #10
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So sorry to see this. Prayers sent for yall
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Old 09-01-2017, 07:50 PM   #11
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Prayers for you man and all in your neighborhood.


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Old 09-01-2017, 08:08 PM   #12
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No words - just prayers for you and your community.
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Old 09-01-2017, 08:09 PM   #13
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Thanks for the words, guys. I just had time to sit and think, so I put some words down.
It's hard looking at the pictures, but I know it's all material things that can be replaced.

All my family is safe, and that's what matters.

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Old 09-01-2017, 08:58 PM   #14
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I can't imagine the feeling in my gut going through that.


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Old 09-02-2017, 07:21 PM   #15
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That's terrible but its clear from your narrative that you're a fighter and will win. Keep your options open. Love those around you.
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Old 09-04-2017, 07:49 AM   #16
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Tough deal for sure, sorry for your loss. Praying for y'all and everyone else affected in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:43 AM   #17
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Prayers up for all it y'all out that way!!

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Old 09-04-2017, 12:25 PM   #18
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So sorry for your loss. Prayers are continued for your family and neighborhood
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Old 09-04-2017, 02:11 PM   #19
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Every time I see some flood pics I think it can't get worse until yours where only rooftops are visible. Sorry for your loss!
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Old 09-04-2017, 03:13 PM   #20
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Oh my. I read your post, thinking, these guys are my kind of people - tough, determined... then I saw the photos...

May God help you.
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:09 AM   #21
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:12 AM   #22
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:13 AM   #23
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As of yesterday when we left. Will be finished today.


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Old 09-09-2017, 08:16 PM   #24
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I have a Bowtech 82nd Airborne that you are welcome to if your bow got wet. I'm down in PN so not far. PM me if you need anything.

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Old 09-12-2017, 09:57 AM   #25
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My heart breaks for you guys. We are helping a family Yellowstone. I've never seen so much devestation.

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Old 09-14-2017, 12:51 PM   #26
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I have a Bowtech 82nd Airborne that you are welcome to if your bow got wet. I'm down in PN so not far. PM me if you need anything.

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Sorry, just seeing this. Didn't get a notification for some reason.

I truly appreciate the offer, as all 3 of my bows are toast after sitting in the water for 9 days. However, I don't see myself financially being able to get a lease or do any kind of hunting for a few years after this.
If you haven't already, please offer this to someone who would benefit from it more than me. Again, thank you for the offer.

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Old 09-14-2017, 12:52 PM   #27
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As it sits, waiting on insurance.


The tile in the bathrooms and entry way has to come up, as well as the slate flooring in the kitchen. Ceiling has to be replaced, all the windows replaced, every single wire in the house has to be replaced, fireplace demo'ed, roof repaired, etc.

You can see the water line in this picture, 73.5" inside the house, 76.5" outside.





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Old 09-14-2017, 01:10 PM   #28
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There's not much I can do to help except offer my sympathy, concerns, an ear that will listen, and prayers. Hopefully some of this aid money will find it's way to your house.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:17 PM   #29
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I can't think of anything to say that could possibly help you.
Your pictures made my stomach turn.

Many prayers going up for your family while you rebuild your home, and life.
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:18 PM   #30
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I can't think of anything to say that could possibly help you.
Your pictures made my stomach turn.

Many prayers going up for your family while you rebuild your home, and life.
Honestly, thoughts and prayers are extremely helpful right now. Being in limbo and essentially homeless is the hardest part, emotionally. We are going to look at travel trailers this weekend so that will help some.

And I'm taking your advice about the mounts, going to just cut the capes and unscrew the base plates. I'm going to try and clean the badger as much as possible and hope for the best. I can get new capes down the line at some point or just do a skull plate, but the badger will be more difficult to replace. We'll see what's in the budget when the time comes.

Keep the prayers coming, they help more than you know.

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Old 09-14-2017, 09:22 PM   #31
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Thoughts and prayers for sure.
I can help you with a hunt too when you can make time to get away. It can be after wt season, we have exotics on our place too and I would like to bring you out to get your mind off things when you are ready.

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Old 09-15-2017, 07:29 PM   #32
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My brother in law lives in Bevil Oaks on Moss Hill Dr. I removed everything from his house. It is heartbreaking to see peoples lives out at the road yet uplifting to see people helping people they have never seen before. We will continue to lift yall up. Be strong.
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Old 09-17-2017, 06:39 AM   #33
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Praying for y'all Chris, drove by there when 105 opened up and was heartbroke to see the damage y'all suffered. Have y'all got power back yet?
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:38 AM   #34
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Praying for y'all Chris, drove by there when 105 opened up and was heartbroke to see the damage y'all suffered. Have y'all got power back yet?
They got power back to us around Friday. Had my house panel stripped and a 50A RV plug installed. Picking up a travel trailer either today or tomorrow.

It looks like a war zone out here. My parents are in a trailer at their house around the corner, and they said it's very eerie. Very few birds, no squirrels, rabbits, deer, etc during the day. Dead silence at night except one or two generators in the distance.

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