The Leader, like a lot of folks in the area, found cabin fever a little too overwhelming Monday afternoon. And while there were plenty of cars along Shepherd in the Heights, Ella and 43 in Oak Forest and Garden Oaks, we thought we’d give you a quick ride-along through this community on Day 3 of Hurricane Harvey.
One of the most incredible sites was at the Kroger grocery stores both at 11th Street in the Heights and on 43rd in Oak Forest. In the Heights, people braved 30 mph winds and driving rain to stand in line for a chance to enter the store. There was no line noticeable at the Kroger in Oak Forest, but the parking lot was full and cars waiting on 43rd Street for a shot to find a parking spot.
The best piece of news for most of the day Monday was the recession in flooding. White Oak Bayou, all the way from East TC Jester, through the intersection of 18th and Ella, was within its banks. Well, maybe not in the banks, but not overflowing onto the street. Cars were easily able to pass through areas that were heavily flooded on Sunday.
The same was true at the south end of the Heights. Again, this was around 1 p.m. on Monday, but cars were able to pass under I-10 at both Heights Blvd and Yale Street.
And if there was a store or restaurant open, it seems as folks able to leave their homes were happy to patronize them.
Carter & Cooley on 19th Street had a line to the door with people ordering sandwiches.
Berryhill in Oak Forest had a packed parking lot.
Starbucks in Oak Forest, just across the street, gave folks a caffeine fix if they needed it.
Colinas on 19th Street had a full restaurant.
And Papa Murphy’s, just near Starbucks in Oak Forest, had cars outside.
With a forecast calling for one more hard night of rains – though not as hard as the past two days – it’s safe to say the Heights, Oak Forest and Garden Oaks have fared much better than neighborhoods in other parts of the city.