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The Dirty Side of Hurricane Ike ... More than a 12 hour Storm in Houston, The Woodlands& Spring, Texas

Hurrican Ike came through Houston, Spring and The Woodlands but the ripple effect began well before it hit and it lingers longer than it tormented us. 

The day before Ike, my trip to the local Walmart opened my eyes to the panic that was hitting our area ...

No Bread ...

No Paper Products ...

Almost out of soup ...

Out of Bananas ....

Out of Gas:







Before:    (a favorite local fishing spot ...)


It was an eerie feeling for it to be pitch black at night and to hear the humming of all the generators.

Crews were working immediately to clean up the trees:







I was thankful for the rabbit ears on this little T.V. to hear whatever news I could:

NO meat or dairy:

 A table, at the grocery store, to charge your phone:

No batteries or flashlights are left!

People were out in their yards cleaning up, helping eachother and talking with neighbors!

No School for a week for The Woodlands:



(photo from Lynnor Matheney, Cochrans Crossing in The Woodlands)

(photos from Bill & Patricia Paradee, Sparklewood in Cochrans Crossing,  The Woodlands, Texas) 

The electricity finally comes on ... Home Sweet Home ...

Clean Up:

Mother Nature vs. humanity ... we will always overcome!

The Woodlands is 27 miles North of downtown Houston and the storm didn't hit us quite as hard as it did the Southern part of Houston and the coast.

HERE for more pictures from the Day Before Ike

HERE for pictures the morning after

HERE to see more pictures of flooding in The Woodlands

HERE for Before & AFTER photo's

HERE for how The Woodlands has planned for flooding

HERE for more pictures of The Woodlands Golf Courses after Hurricane

HERE for more day after pictures

HERE for being thankful despite the circumstances

HERE for Hurricane Frustrations

HERE for Carlton Woods Update

HERE for Home Sweet Home

The Woodlands, Texas

The Woodlands



  • #1 Best Selling master-planned community in the state of Texas
  • 27 miles North of Houston
  • 16 miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • Close to I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion outdoor amphitheater 
  • 190 miles of hike and bike trails
  • Exemplary public schools and Acclaimed private schools
  • Ranked one of the top 10 safest communities in Texas
  • Click here to see a video of "The Woodlands"



Comment balloon 22 commentsPippa Mac • September 19 2008 12:18AM


Pippa - Wow!  So many interesting pictures.  You have been a busy bee there.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 9 years ago

incredible - I am amazed at what these storms can do - I have never seen anything like it

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Pippa- Great photos of  what 'life' was really like during and after the storm. Glad your electric is finally on and hope the clean up goes swiftly for everyone. Hurricanes are no fun. i have lived through a few 'terror' storms here and Maryland most recently just 5 years ago when Isabel paid a visit. My best to you and yours

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 9 years ago

Thanks for showing us a birdseye view of Texas, before and after. The news with all their focus on the elections isn't showing any of this. I guess the fed did too good of a job so they have nothing negative to talk about. 

That golf course really got drowned. Has the water subsided any yet? 

Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) over 9 years ago

Wow! What a powerful video!  Your area is very similar to ours here in North Carolina.  You've certainly set the bar at a new level! Time to get busy!

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) over 9 years ago

Jason - very busy!

Thesa - me either

Martha - thank you

Tracy - I'm glad you liked it!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 9 years ago

Hi Pippa! - Thanks for posting before & after.  Now those are some pics we can't get anywhere else.  Glad you guys are ok & your house is still standing.  KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) over 9 years ago

Kristin - I'm glad you enjoyed the before and afters pictures

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 9 years ago

Hi Pippa......all your pictures are great, but that video is really something special.  I have got to figure out how to do something like that for our area!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 9 years ago

These pictures continue to blow my mind. GBU!

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Pippa - Wow!  Those photos are so revealing!  I hope the cleanup is faster than people are predicting and that things can get back to normal... 

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 9 years ago

Debi - the electricity is still out in pockets all of the city and it is getting hot again!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 9 years ago

Pippa- Those are some great photos you took, very familiar too! We are used to the sound of the generators humming. How was the weather while the power was out? After Wilma we were without power for 28 days, just before Thanksgiving we got our power back.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 9 years ago

My daughter lives in Humble and they are one of the few in the area with power.  It has been wonderful for them to share with others. Housing, air conditioning and laundry facilities instead of getting help.

Posted by Carol Judd, Vernal Utah Real Estate (New Star Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Katerina - 28 days .. wow, I bet you were so thankful that Thanksgiving!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 9 years ago

I saw this post and at first, it made me too sad to comment.  The images and photos are priceless, you should send these to the news media in your area. Great shots Pippa.  Glad the worst is over...I hope.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 9 years ago

More Information About It HERE: http://AboutHurricaneIke.com

Posted by uzzixxx over 9 years ago

thanks Brad!

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 9 years ago

Pippa, you took some great shots.  I didn't venture past my drive way for 5 days after the storm.  Thanks for showing me all the Ike stuff I missed here at home.

Posted by Anonymous over 9 years ago

Love the photos....wish I'd taken some at the grocery store and gas lines also...it was amazing.

Posted by Kristy O'Neal over 9 years ago

I guess the lesson is to be prepared by stocking up for an emergency before it ever happens. It looks like almost everyone was not!  I have never seen a store so empty, we are so use to convenience of just getting what we need, this shows it is a false sense of security.

Posted by Mary Strang over 9 years ago

Girls you are awesome these photos are fantastic!!!

Posted by Maritza Fletcher over 9 years ago