Yesterday's commute, along Westpark:
I left for work later than normal - 9am. The driver opted to pull over and wait out this flood for a while. Got to work sometime around noon. After a while, he moved up to another resting point and it happened to be alongside of a Starbucks. So I had a brief period of productivity leeching off the Starbucks wifi.
One point of conversation for the day involved Rebuild Houston. You can barely make it out from this photo, but there's a drainage backup that's spewing upward to the right of the car. For about two minutes, it was spewing like a whale. I'm not about to suggest that less than a year of funding for projects should totally do away with scenes like this. But aside from the fact that I think the project was sold poorly on the front side, I don't think there's any kind of promise that scenes like this won't happen years from now after the program has been in effect for a more suitable period of time to show some impact.
We may end up with some newer pipes here and there. And hopefully a few areas do see some real improvement. I'm told that my church in Montrose got a few inches of water in the building - the immediate area where it's located is in some dire need of drainage updates. But there will still be floods like this around town. I don't see Rebuild Houston ending this. So to those who look at the impact of yesterday's weather as confirmation for supporting the plan ... we'll be having much more discomforting discussions about this over the ensuing years.