Alum Feels Double the Impact from Hurricane HarveyFrom Faustino Cisneros Jr. ’17 (Beta-Gamma Chapter, Lamar University)

Hurricane Harvey was a devastating experience for my family and me. It was our first experience with a flood of this magnitude. We had been through hurricanes before but not nearly as damaging as this one. At first, we did not pay much attention to it since in our past experiences hurricanes caused minimal damages and there was no need to evacuate. With Harvey, the day before it hit, water was already about six inches high and it had already covered our entire front and back yard.

Alum Feels Double the Impact from Hurricane HarveyFrom Faustino Cisneros Jr. ’17 (Beta-Gamma Chapter, Lamar University)

Hurricane Harvey was a devastating experience for my family and me. It was our first experience with a flood of this magnitude. We had been through hurricanes before but not nearly as damaging as this one. At first, we did not pay much attention to it since in our past experiences hurricanes caused minimal damages and there was no need to evacuate. With Harvey, the day before it hit, water was already about six inches high and it had already covered our entire front and back yard.

My parents made a last minute decision to evacuate, but since the streets were already covered with water, it was dangerous to drive under those conditions. We decided to go to a hotel that was about 10 minutes from our house and were lucky enough to find the last available room. We had six family members in one room on the fourth floor. The night Harvey hit, the wind and rain were so loud none of us were able to fall asleep. We were afraid of the flooding or a flying object going through our window. The next morning, while the storm was still on top of us, we decided to have breakfast on the first floor, but to our surprise water had already rose one foot and everything was floating around. It was scary to see so much water around us and a heavy storm still raging on.

Finally, when the rain stopped and we were able to drive a little, my dad and I decided to go see how badly the hurricane had damaged our house. Unfortunately, we were not able to drive anywhere near our street so we decided to walk through two feet of water. It was heartbreaking to see so much water inside our house. That was the moment we realized the magnitude of the damages that just 2 feet of water had caused in our house. In addition, we lost three vehicles because the water got inside them and damaged the electric systems.

Ever since then, we have been working hard to re-build our property and try to bring everything back to normal. My dad has already spent thousands of dollars just to re-construct the most affected areas in our house. I personally lost my car, my sister lost her car, my mom lost her SUV, and we were only able to save the truck we took when we evacuated. I have not even been able to pay my dues because the company I work for was affected too, so I haven’t been able to put in enough hours. My dad also works for the same company, so I’m using some of my earning to help my dad pay bills. In spite all of this, I’m very thankful that we have been able to make it through all of this and that little by little our lives are getting back to normal.

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