A storm as powerful as Hurricane Harvey leaves a path of damage behind that is hard to describe. Residents in the Houston and Dallas, Texas area, were evacuated once the storm began to hit landfall, sparing many of them from death or injury. However, they still had to return to a devastated house or other property that is damaged by the storm.
In this post, we’ll look into seven stories of Texas families that are still struggling to get back to normal after Hurricane Harvey cut a path through their neighborhood in August of 2017.
1. The Rupe’s Turn Garage into Makeshift Home
The Rupe’s survived Hurricane Harvey, but as of October 2017, two months after the storm hit their Texas home, they turned the garage into a temporary house with their four children, getting all of the work done in only three weeks. This was an amazing feat, but the space they had was small and it was only a temporary fix to their problem of losing their home. Jennifer Rupe captured the emotion in the situation when she said, “Just being settled is very important.”
2. The Rosales Survey Damage in Family Livingroom
Another family that was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey was The Rosales family. Jose and Lily Rosales lived in a nicely-decorated Texas home that was inundated by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They described the feeling as “something like a movie,” and expressed their emotion when discussing the loss of their beloved home. They had lots of help from their local church and community and this made things bearable. But they still felt displaced by the fact that their home was nearly destroyed. In one emotional moment, Lily pointed to a photograph of her grandmother. Under the picture was the word, “Hope,” which, ironically, is her grandmother’s name.
3. The Rodriguez Family
Another touching story involving a family who lived in Houston, Texas. On the morning of Harvey’s landfall on Houston, Minuel woke to his 5th birthday to find his home two feet under water. They left for higher ground, not knowing how or when they would ever come back. Linda Rodriguez said that they felt that all they could do was pray. Several days later, they were able to return. But their home was greatly damaged by the flooding and their flooring was warped. Water was pooled up inside their drawers and cabinets. They are still working to complete repairs that have taken over two months already. The family says they know they will eventually recover but they did suffer some loss, including a brand new bedroom suit and appliances from her “dream kitchen.”
4. The Jimenez Family
Pedro Jimenez and his wife, Nuris and their two-year-old son, also survived the hurricane. They stayed with their extended family temporarily in Katy, a small town west of Houston, on a property run by Parkway Fellowship Baptist Church. They were told they’d be out of their home for a month. They said they expected the worst, but the damage was repairable. Some work is still being done to restore their home to good condition. Nuris laments that she lost an “irreplaceable” closet door that had to be designed a bit differently after the damage.
5. The Christies
The Christies loved their home and they had an income of $200,000 per year. But, when the storm hit and destroyed their home, he realized that it took more than money to get things back to normal. He reported that his walls and insulation was destroyed and that they had received help from a company that required upfront payment on work done on their home. The Christies have decided to demolish and rebuild their home.
6. The Pena’s
Lidia Pena was a lower middle-class income mother with a young son to care for. When the storm, hit and water started rolling down the roads and covering the streets, she realized it was serious. She took her young son out of the house and found shelter at her parents’ house until she could have her rental house repaired. Lidia Pena had an inspection done on her home and she had noticed some cracking on her furniture. But the inspector said she could still use her furniture and that FEMA did not cover property other than the house itself. She received around $2400 in emergency aid. Lidia stated that she did not expect charity and just decided she would have to work harder to get everything back together.
7. Vickie Carson
Vickie Carlson is an African American woman who had just had a baby and lived in a rural cottage on the outskirts of Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit. The flood waters saturated everything she owned. She made three calls to FEMA before receiving a temporary place to stay while the storm surge raged on. When she did receive aid, she was only able to get three rooms due to government regulations.
A Common Theme Among Storm Victims
All of these stories surrounding Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it left behind represent the various types of emotions, challenges, and situations that homeowners face following such a storm. Even though these three families were in various income brackets and had to seek help from the resources they each had, it’s clear that when a storm like Harvey hits, it has no respect of any persons. No matter how much a home costs or what it takes to repair it, whether help is sought from the kindness of strangers, relatives, churches, or repairmen, it’s important to use your resources in a time like this.
One of the resources you need in this situation is home foundation repair and inspection. All of these homeowners experienced foundation damage causing them to have to repair their home in various ways or to completely rebuild it. The thing they most all wanted, no matter their income or lot in life, was to get their home back to normal.
How We Can Help
After a storm, call on us at Abry Brothers. Whether you qualify for FEMA aid, use your own money, or insurance, we can work with you. We are your foundation repair headquarters in Houston, Texas. We’ve been helping people repair their homes since 1840. Ask us about our free inspections.
Visit Abry Brothers at abrybros.com today. Because you never know what tomorrow holds.