Hurricane Harvey Aftermath

Hi friends! First, I hope you and yours are safe. And second, yes, we are safe! We do live in the Houston area. The past 2 weeks have been surreal. So much has happened and yet, where to begin?

My husband and I did go back to work on August 16th. We both teach in the suburban areas of Houston. On Friday, August 25th, after securing our campuses for the impending storm, we headed home. We honestly thought we might not start school on Monday, August 28th. Little could we fathom what would unfold.

I also have family and friends who live in Rockport, Texas. I lived there myself for many years and attended college in Corpus Christi. Most people I know did evacuate on Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, our focus was on Hurricane Harvey which hit Rockport directly on Saturday, August 26th. We waited for news, and while it rained here most of the day, we weren’t all that worried about our area.

But then Sunday happened. The rain started early and hard. I swear it didn’t let up for 12-14 hours. The water just kept rising. And rising. By 10 p.m. Sunday night, I started to freak out. While we live in a mobile home and it is feet higher than a regular house, there were only a few feet for the water to go before it would start coming in. My husband went out in the driving rain to try to find some higher ground for my car and my mom’s car. People were texting us and we were texting friends checking on them. A few said they were about to get on their roof to try and get rescued. It was a night to remember. Finally, the rain stopped about 1 a.m. 

I’ve never seen a storm like this in my entire life. The rain continued off and on throughout that Monday and part of Tuesday. Luckily, it wasn’t driving rain like Sunday. We heard from friends whose homes were completely destroyed in Rockport. And then the devastion of Houston. There are people today, September 6, just now able to get into their homes to try and demo and clean out the mess. There are so many stories to tell that it is overwhelming.

School was postponed for our students until September 11th. My husband and I have been trying to get out to help people demo houses. We’ve donated supplies and gift cards to people here and in Rockport. But it still doesn’t seem like enough. I keep hearing about friends who have completely lost everything in Rockport. Their house is just gone. It’s all just so very heartbreaking.

Yet, amidst all of this devastation and sadness have been many stories of inspiration and goodwill.  The way these communities have come together to help one another have been nothing short of awe-inspiring.

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I would post pictures but I want to be respectful of peoples’ privacy. Let’s just say that what you may have seen in the news , while accurate, cannot convey the absolute widespread destruction and damage the people of the Gulf Coast have endured over these past few weeks. And this is only the beginning of the journey back.

Anyway, I wanted to stop by and say hello. Yes, after all of the stress and physical labor, some of my symptoms are flaring, but I’m grateful for the energy I do have and for the ablity, however limited, to help others if possible.

Again, I sincerely hope you and yours are safe and healthy. 

Peace. – b

P.S. If you would like to help someone directly this is a great place to do so: EACH ONE, REACH ONE

 

or here:

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22 thoughts on “Hurricane Harvey Aftermath

      • willowdot21 September 6, 2017 / 2:30 pm

        Hugs, our middle son is visiting Savannah, I hope he is okay too. I really do hope everyone in the Hurricanes path will be okay. 🌹💜

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      • willowdot21 September 6, 2017 / 3:44 pm

        I have my fingers crossed for you all too. 🌹🎆🎇

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  1. ghostmmnc September 6, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Glad y’all weathered the storm! Such a terrible situation for so many, though. We lived in south TX for awhile, so am familiar with Rockport, Corpus Christi, Sinton, and Beeville. We were lucky to not have a big storm at that time. Take care, and blessings for all those who were in the path of destruction.

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  2. Alyssa - Queerly Texan September 6, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    I live in north Texas, so I was in the clear, but I’m from south Texas and know so many people who have been devastated by the storm. I’m glad to hear you’re safe! I can’t imagine how scary it must be.

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    • Read Between the Lyme September 6, 2017 / 6:07 pm

      The storm was a beast. And it hung in so long even after landfall. Really something else. I know some of the smaller towns like Port Aransas as Aransas Pass have been eclipsed by the flooding in Houston but they definitely bore the brunt of this hurricane. The immense destruction is just hard to comprehend. I’m glad you are north of here. ☺

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  3. PrairieChat September 7, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    My mother in law and wife’s siblings lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota when it flooded and burned. It took many years to recover but now the area is better than ever. Have faith and patience and you will persevere!

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  4. Chris Anselmo September 7, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    I am glad to hear that you and your family are ok!

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  5. craftschronicillnessandadulting September 7, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    That must have been terrifying. And I can only imagine how painful it is to see friends and family have their homes ruined. Hoping for the best for everyone affected in Texas. There are so many prayers and so many donations, seems like only good can come. Now we just need Mother Nature to relax a little. Take good care!!

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    • Read Between the Lyme September 8, 2017 / 11:29 am

      There really has been so much good to come out of this situation. It has been uplifting. I hope Floridians do not experience the same! Thank you for your kind words.

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  6. colettebytes September 9, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Wishing you the best recovery and everyone’s else affected by these terrible storms.

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    • Read Between the Lyme October 15, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      Hey Jason! Yes, things are getting back to normal. Lots of people trying to get their homes fixed still though. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of mess with insurnace across this city right now. I hope you and yours are well!!

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