Houston Officials Lied, People Died – Warnings Of Catastrophic Flooding From Harvey Were Labeled ‘False’ By Houston Mayor, Officials, And Media
Houston Officials Lied, People Died – Warnings Of Catastrophic Flooding From Harvey Were Labeled ‘False’ By Houston Mayor, Officials, And Media by Susan Duclos – All News Pipeline
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While Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is busy defending his decision not to order an evacuation ahead of Hurricane Harvey, and while Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who was in favor of an evacuation, is taking the high road and saying “Now is not the time to second-guess the decisions that were made,” choosing to focus now on the immediate “need to respond to the emergencies and necessities the people of Houston have,” we now learn that Houston officials, including the Mayor, not only knew the potential catastrophe that was heading towards his city, but lied about it to the point of labeling those in the know, warning of massive devastation, as spreading “false rumors.”
THE WARNINGS BEFORE HARVEY MADE LANDFALL
One of those warnings that was labeled “fake news” by the mayor himself, was posted on Facebook, by Houston resident RebeccaReisig, who wrote the following before Harvey made landfall.
Hey guys, I’m not trying to start a panic, but as some of you know, I work for a law firm here downtown. One of the lawyers I work with has a friend on the Houston City Council. The news is not telling the whole truth. The storm is expected to be three times worse than what the news is saying because they don’t want a panic on the freeways like Hurricane Rita. The City Council and Harris County Flood Control had an emergency meeting this morning. Evertything south of Katy is predicted to be devastated. They’re predicting 50 inches of rain, not 24 like the news is saying, and 100,000 homes destroyed. Theyre expecting all of Houston to be without power for three days. If you guys live in a flood zone, you need to get out of Houston or try to stay with someone further north of Houston. I hope they’re wrong, but that is the latest I’ve heard from what the news isn’t telling you. Stay safe everyone.
After city officials, the local news media, and the Mayor himself labeled Ms. Reisig’s warning as “irresponsible rumors” and “false forecasts,” as well as providing a copy of her warning with a red label on it saying FALSE,” her Facebook account disappeared, but her warning was proven correct, while the Mayors statement, as well as a tweet by Harris County OHSEM, labeling it as “false” and the news reports downplaying the severity of the Hurricane that was about to hit, were all proven to be the actual “false” news.
Another warning came via and email from a Sugar Land lawyer, which warned the the approaching Hurricane Harvey could be far more devastating than first estimated, and again, Houston officials, with the help of the media, waved away the warnings calling them “false information.”
Here was the Mayor’s statement regarding the warnings, via The Tribune:
False forecasts and irresponsible rumors on social media are interfering with efforts by the city of Houston, and its government and news media partners, to provide accurate information to the public about the expected effects of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said today.
“All residents of Houston and surrounding areas should rely solely on proven information sources, including the National Weather Service and the city Office of Emergency Management, to decide how to prepare for the heavy rainfall expected here,” the mayor added.
“No evacuation orders have been issued for the city and none is being considered.
“Please continue to monitor mainstream news sources for updates on the weather and act accordingly as an informed resident. Rumors are nothing new, but the widespread use of social media has needlessly frightened many people today.”
The initial FB post warning of the catastrophic flooding, and more rain than what was being reported, as well as the amount of homes that would be destroyed, has been proven now that the damage is being seen in heartbreaking images from across Texas, but it was Reisig’s explicit reference to Hurricane Rita that catches the eye, because now, that is exactly what Mayor Turner is using as justification for not ordering an evacuation in the first place.
“You cannot put, in the city of Houston, 2.3 million people on the road. That is dangerous,” Turner said. “When you combine Houston and Harris County, you literally cannot put 6.5 million people on the road.”
The mainstream media, from the New York Times, to CNN, to Washington Post, are all pushing the same narrative of Turner being praised by “city officials” because of “lessons learned during Hurricane Rita in September 2005.” (All links to those articles citing Hurricane Rita are Archive is links)
Wow, seems Ms. Reisig, was spot on as to the reason Turner refused to listen to the Governor and order mandatory evacuations.
HOUSTON OFFICIALS LIED, PEOPLE DIED
Ordering mandatory evacuations or not came down to a judgement call on the part of the Mayor and other city officials, and people can debate whether it was a good call or a bad call, all day long, but that is not the point.