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“Eight Little Boxes: That’s All She had Left”

Harvey survivor tells about his experience throughout the hurricane.

Lauren Elliott, Staff Reporter

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In the aftermath of Harvey, survivors are left with little to nothing. They watched as their lives fell apart in the flood. Now they rummage through their belongings  to see what possessions they have left.

In one case a family man, Chris Elliott, shares his fortunate experience and a friend’s unfortunate loss. A family friend of Elliott lives on the bayou of Clear Creek during the storm and did not evacuate. Unfortunately, that turned out to be a bad decision.

“They had to come and rescue her in a boat.” he said “It’s horrible, I mean I don’t know how you imagine just losing everything you own, everything you’ve worked for your entire life. She’s 75; we packed her entire life in eight little boxes: that’s all she had left.”  

As the Elliotts stayed high and dry, a friend lost her life before her eyes.” She lost her car, she lost all of her furniture, she lost all of her clothes, she lost everything.” said Elliott.

Through this experience she had lost her life’s work. Her whole house has been gutted and must be rebuilt. The few belongings she had left were packed into small boxes.  Although Elliott was not directly affected, his said heart was broken for the trauma that his friends have faced.

Elliott talks about not just one person but a whole community. “I think the community did extremely well, as a whole. I believe that people came together as one and helped each other when people needed help.” he said

 It was not just the aftermath that brought fear to the community, it was the planning. During the storm, he went around to all of the storm drains making sure they weren’t blocked and even dug small trenches in his backyard to make sure water drained.

Elliott made sure he had a game plan to ensure his family stayed safe. “We packed up one of the cars with some water, some non-perishable food, and some other things and we went and parked in a parking garage in case we had to get to higher ground.”

The community had been preparing for days and endured for weeks, but the city was never prepared for the long endeavor of the aftermath.

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