Hurricane Harvey rolled on shore into Houston on Friday, August 25, 2017. Once ashore, the wind force was reduced from a Category 4 hurricane to a Tropical Storm. But the ensuing rain over the following four days left a rainfall estimated at 50+ inches and flooding throughout the greater Houston area.
Today, the floodwaters are receding, revealing the staggering breadth of destruction from Harvey. Close to 40,000 homes are heavily damaged, and 7,000 were destroyed, in the latest figures from the Texas Department of Public Safety. The mucking out has begun in Houston, even as rescuers continue a grim search for bodies inside cars and homes. Today, many roads remain impassable, but Houston’s airports re-opened late Wednesday afternoon.
O.K. – How does this major weather event affect the Ernest G. Small Association’s 2017 reunion?
John Lewis has been in regular contact with our host, the Galveston Island Hilton over the past week. Hotel staff has assured John that they have had limited local damage and forecast that they will be able to deliver our reunion with no downgrade in service or facilities.
The reunion is still in play. We currently have a registration total of sixty-three shipmates and guests with an estimate late registration of another six shipmates and guests. Registration will be extended to September 13, 2017.
Should another severe weather event take place in the Houston/Galveston area before the reunion start date of 24 October, 2017, we may have to cancel. In the event of a cancellation of the reunion, the Association will refund the registration fees for meals, tours and other events. There will be a pro-rata refund of the Registration Fees, less the cost of gifts and prizes purchased in advance of the reunion.