Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanks to David and Linda Stall

David Stall, co-founder of Corridor Watch along with wife Linda, has had a long career as a city administrator, as well as dedicating so much time to fighting the Corridor. Unfortunately, during this run-up to the 2009 legislative session when the Stalls would usually be extremely busy planning strategy and contacting legislators, David’s time is totally taken up with helping his city of Shoreacres recover from Ike.

The Houston Chronicle’s article is “Tiny Shoreacres bears big burden.”

"Hurricane Ike's storm surge slammed into the picturesque Shoreacres
bayfront in the predawn darkness, turning houses into breezeways as it knocked out walls on its relentless push inland. Today, exactly two months after Ike hit, the scene remains one of utter devastation.

"Eighty-eight percent of the 693 homes in this southeast Harris County
community were flooded, including many that stayed dry during Hurricane Carla in 1961, Hurricane Alicia in 1983 and Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, City Administrator David Stall said. Only about half of the 1,500 residents have returned.

"Stall, the city administrator, said only about a dozen families rode
out the storm in Shoreacres. No one died during Ike, he said, but one elderly man died later from illness he contracted while staying in a house full of wet furniture.

"Stall and other members of the town's 14-person work force kept
Shoreacres functioning in spite of flooded water and sewer plants, no water service for two weeks and no power for even longer.

"Stall slept in his car or on the second floor of City Hall, which stayed dry. With no cell phone service in town, he drove daily into Houston with an air card-equipped laptop until he found a signal so he could download e-mails and post information on the town's Web site."

A heartfelt “Thank You” to David and Linda for all their accomplishments against the Corridor and best wishes to David as he works to help his city.

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