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Oh Oh! An Accident, Waiting to Happen?



On a beautiful, but windy, morning I left early to drive to the island to check out the hurricane Harvey clean-up progress in the 'hard hit' area of Port Aransas. My special birding spots are still in disarray, but I see some improvements here and there. The park road into the Charlie's Pasture, along the ship channel, is still closed to traffic. The mountain of debris outside the village is now just a mole-hill and soon will no longer be there - soon, just a memory of days gone by.

I drove to the beach and walked some even tho the wind was nippy coming off the frigid Gulf. As I neared the ship channel and jetty I watched for the cargo ships anchored out on the water, waiting for the pilot boats to reach them to allow a channel pilot to guide them through. The air was very clear and as I looked across the channel toward Aransas Pass [another little town across from Port Aransas] and could see the damage to the Lydia Ann Lighthouse roofing,. Nearby, a brown pelican was warming in the early sunshine...



Paying closer attention now, I heard a strange sound...a gurgling sound from what I figured was water...and it seemed to be coming from just under my feet...Off to my right I found the sound source. The ship channel water was washing UNDER the jetty, on to the beach area! That's not good!!!!!



So, after the startled reaction, I sat on a large boulder and recorded the sound and water rushing through....





30 comments :

  1. Oh gosh, I wonder if the right people know about this? Can it be fixed?

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    1. I'm sure it can be repaired by engineers

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  2. uh oh. that doesn't look good. Hope they know about it and can do something

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    1. It seems they should inspect this kinda thing monthly....but who knows. It's all politics and they wait 'til someone is injured or worse before they close it down and fix it.

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  3. Spectacular sunrise!! I love the brown pelicans; they are so graceful in flight.
    Cleanup from Harvey will take a long time but it is good to see some progress.
    Hope you have a wonderful day today.

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    1. Port A looks to be pretty well 'cleaned up'....but still structural damage is seen everywhere.

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  4. Hello, I love the pelican. The sunrise is beautiful. I hope the jetty area can be repaired. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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    1. I'm sure it will...but, thing is, it will be more like 'later' than sooner.

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  5. I hope this can be fixed before it turns into something awful. :-(

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  6. If they can get to work on the problem now before it gets larger, all will be well
    Love the sleepy Pelican
    Have a great day!

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  7. the sound of that video screams out loud NOT GOOD indeed... hope they can repair it before it causes a big problem. love that pelican. we woke up to 64 today going to 80... higher than our normal January for sure.

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  8. First I see a beautiful sunrise and then I see impending disaster. You have covered it all. Have you notified anyone about this situation?

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    1. I do know they inspect it often, so who knows what will come about.

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  9. NOT good! Hope they fix that soon. Loved your gorgeous photos. That sunrise was amazing!

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  10. That does look like a recipe for disaster.

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  11. Yikes! I hope they fix it before it gets worse.

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    1. Thing is, it's getting worse by the second!!!

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  12. Admire you far checking out of the way places. You should have been an explorer. Love your blogs. Be careful.

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  13. Well, it was worth getting up for the sunrise...the pelican was an added bonus. What a lot of noise...I don't know what I expected, but was louder than I expected.

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    1. Well, as you can tell, I was right on top of the boulders, the sound was terrific as I recorded the 'action'.

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