Houston Hurricane Harvey ~~
The communities in Houston are ready for Hurricane Harvey to go away.
I am sitting here evacuated and thumbing through an art book. My thoughts are drifting. Unable to fully concentrate. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25, 2017, my oldest son’s birthday. Not realizing at the time that we would not be able to celebrate his birthday; Harvey wasn’t finished. August 26th and 27th, the now tropical storm Harvey dropped 24 inches of rain in 48 hours on the Houston, Texas Metro area. The rain continued over the next couple of days. The city watched in horror as the news reported historical flooding. Motorist and homeowners stranded needing rescuing. Surreal, as we watched in the comfort of our home on the city’s outskirts.
August 28th, my neighbors and I received a knock on the door from the sheriff’s department to evacuate. The challenge for my husband and I was that we lived in a one-story home. Our first thought was, “If we get water we can stay in the second floor of our neighbors’ home”. Second thought was, “What about our cars?” I totally went calmly into professional home organizer mode. I pre-packed everything I would need for a couple of days, secured important paperwork, etc. I texted my friend and she generously offered her home. I told her, “The Brazos River is supposed to crest tonight, we will go back home tomorrow”.
August 29th, was the 12th year of Hurricane Katrina destroying New Orleans. We took care of so many of our friends at the time. I never thought that I would need someone to care for me. Whereas, I am so thankful for my friend, it’s not home.
August 30th, currently my home is fine and like many in my county we are waiting for the river to crest and the water to subside to go home. Keep Houston in your prayers, there are many who no longer have a home or vehicle and lives are gone. My husband and I are hoping that our home does not get flooded. We need Hurricane Harvey to go away.
Thanks for letting me lament. My only pair of shoes I brought are soaking wet from wading through the flooded streets as we left. My friend brought me to the grocery store and I found flip flops for $1.97. It’s the little things in life that matter sometimes. The whole community has been awesome coming together and helping one another. The phone calls and texts from friends, clients, and loved ones are amazing.
Hoping to be back organizing homes next week. Some of my clients, including myself, packed up certain contents of their homes and lifted items higher. It will be time to put things back together. For those who have flooded, please do your research on flood remediators, movers, and contractors. It’s important to have someone reputable. If you need any assistance or a virtual hug. Contact me. I’ll know in a couple of days if my house survived. You can follow me on Twitter to see the latest.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author of Uncluttered :discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life on Amazon.