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13-Oct-2021 LynnH

Nearly Gone

San Luis Pass, Texas view map

The average erosion rate for the 367 miles of Texas coast is 4.1 feet per year.
Sixty-four percent of the Texas coast is eroding at an average rate of about 6 feet per year,
with some locations losing more than 30 feet per year.
We've been watching this row of beach houses for a couple years now. The state of Texas will condemn them
or maybe already has. Won't take much of a storm to finish them off.

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Graeme28-Oct-2021 12:14
That is a lot of erosion each year and loss to many houses, Lynn.V
Fong Lam21-Oct-2021 02:39
Wow, that's quite an erosion here...well captured and great info...V
Carl Carbone20-Oct-2021 23:38
Great documentation. Time for climate action, well past time.
Doug Cruden20-Oct-2021 20:05
Time and tide wait for no one...
Julie Oldfield20-Oct-2021 17:38
Wow….that looks devastating.
John Vass20-Oct-2021 05:22
Interesting but devastating. They had to know it was just a matter of time but not expecting it so soon. V
We have slides along the shore up here. We had a friend, an elderly woman, who went out to her sisters house that was on hi-bank waterfront. The house seemed kind of dark so she pulled back the drapes on the glass doors out to the deck. You need to know this lady lead an "interesting' life was "salty". Anyway she jumped back from the door letting out a stream of words that peeled the paint off the walls clear into the kitchen. The bank behind the house had slid into the bay. Think of a large hill splitting in half. All the trees and the back deck went with it and somehow the house was okay, but she was looking almost straight down into the water. When she calmed down she asked her sister when this happened. "Oh the other night when we had the big storm and I heard a noise. When I looked out back and noticed the deck was gone so I locked the patio door closed the drapes and went back to bed."
She asked her why she didn't say something?
"I knew you would make me move."
Imagine some more paint pealing words and she told her sister she was right.
She called all her friends with pick up trucks and we all moved her sister that day! The house was condemned
It was scary and amazing looking out that door! I wish I had photos of it.
(Sorry! I went long here)

Dennis Hoyne20-Oct-2021 02:41
And so it goes, but a really neat shot.
Nick Paoni19-Oct-2021 20:46
What a shame and will only get worse as global warming increases.
larose forest photos19-Oct-2021 20:03
That is quite remarkable, but as Chris says, not uncommon in the UK either. Seeing this shot really brings home the erosion though. V
Chris19-Oct-2021 18:52
It seems to be happening in many parts of the world - various parts of the UK coast are disappearing fast.
Alan K19-Oct-2021 18:49
THAT much??? That's horrifying. A fascinating story, but horrifying. I'm glad that you've captured this before it does indeed become but a distant memory. And when they were first built, their owners probably thought that they had found paradise.
Pieter Bos19-Oct-2021 18:21
Lovely light in this beautiful beach image. ~V
globalgadabout19-Oct-2021 17:07
even on stilts they certainly appear to be vulnerable....perfectly aligned shot to show the encroaching ocean, and hint at their dubious future..
Helen Betts19-Oct-2021 16:35
Wow, that is frightening, and well documented by you. V.
joseantonio19-Oct-2021 16:33
nice capture and interesting information.V
Walter Otto Koenig19-Oct-2021 16:01
Reminds me of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I wonder how they ever got insurance at that location.