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Faith, Hope, and Love in the Aftermath of Harvey

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In the aftermath of a storm, you tend to reflect on the moments of uncertainty, fear and hope it brought. Born and raised in Houston, TX, hurricanes have come to be a way of life as the season approaches for this Hill Country reporter. You heed the warnings, you prepare as best you can, and you hope for the best outcome. Although I have seen my fair share of them, this particular hurricane brought on catastrophic devastation like I had never witnessed.

As a kid, Hurricane Alicia was the most impactful storm I had experienced that directly affected my family. I saw the devastation flooding waters create, and like the kids of today, my start of school was delayed for some time as well. Nothing really prepares you for the impending catastrophe a storm like Harvey is capable of bringing on to not just one area, but an entire city and beyond.

Faith Through the Warnings

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As I sit here and reflect on the week gone by, it’s hard to believe we were stranded in our home last Monday, August 28th due to surrounding flood waters around my neighborhood.

As I made my rounds to Home Depot for supplies and the grocery store for water and food, it was evident everyone felt the same uneasiness. There were lines waiting to fill up your car at a local gas station. There were folks curving around to the front of the store just waiting to get their limit of three cases of water. At Home Depot, flashlights, batteries and sand bags were out of stock.

On the morning of Friday, August 25th after watching the warnings, and experiencing the first bands of heavy rains pounding our neighborhood, I made a decision to stay in from work as the meteorologist was warning that heavier bands were already starting to move through the area and I didn’t want to take a chance getting stuck coming back home.

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