The Destruction of Harvey

Ana Chincoa, Contributer

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August, it was a bad month for all Americans. Until Harvey, Texas hadn’t had a hurricane since 2008 – Ike crashed ashore near Galveston as a category 2 – Harvey was the worse hurricane since Carla in 1961 that had catalog 4 too. The hurricane came from the African coast on  August 17 and affected Texas, Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, Louisiana, and Yucatan, however, devastated principally Texas. This catastrophic storm was here almost 15 days and caused widespread destruction .

A month and half after the storm, people are living in trailers and tents  or sleeping on the couches of friends or relatives and trying to start life again after all of their losses. Some people are still waiting for promised help to arrive. ” We ended up leaving my house and went to my cousins house. When we got back to the house there was a bunch of debris in our yard and the front of our yard. It was hard looking at all of it.”  says Senior Brianna Huberty.

The hurricane  caused $180 billion in damage and  flooding forced 39,000 people to evacuate. In September, President Trump  signed a bill approving $15.25 billion in storm aid.  Some people were helping those effected by the hurricane by doing volunteer programs with different organizations or by themselves. The volunteers helped by  promising to assist victims and survivors with anticipated needs such as medicine, shelter, food, diapers,  and rebuilding efforts.

” I  was cleaning the houses with my  friends and everything  and then all of a sudden fifteen peoples came over and they cleaned the entire backyard, they didn’t get affected by it but they are willing  to help those that were affected by it.” says Huberty. ”  I volunteered  for my church and help my neighbors in my  neighborhood”  reaffirms Travis Curie.

In addition to material loss, many people were emotionally affected, ” It didn’t affect me too much other than the fact that I got really embarrassed ” says Travis Curie.  He also describes what happened as  shocking. But for another side, Brianna Huberty explains ”I guess things just happen for a reason, I think it’s nice that everyone is coming together to become united. That experience  helps me to realized everyone does something  for a reason, so they did that out of the kindness of their own heart, so I hope that one day I can help someone the way that they did.”

Now that Harvey is over, it’s now time for Atascocita and all of Houston to come together and regroup and rebuild. 

 

 

 


 

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  1. Flavia Uhlmann on October 5th, 2017 6:24 pm

    Great coverage, Ana Chincoa! Go ahead with your journalistic goals! You’ll rock! Kisses,

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