Authorities are asking hurricane survivors to shelter in place, call 911 and wait for rescue. They told them not to use social media as their form of alert. However, when Leidys Shull took photos of the waters reaching the top of the first story of her house, she was starting to panic.
Shull had called the authorities the previous day and was told she’d be put on a waiting list. All she could do was wait as she and the 11 people, including 4 children under 6 years old, watched the Houston flooding get worse.
But in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Tuesday, Shull excitedly said that they were all finally being rescued.
“I am so happy to be outside of my house,” she told CNN. “We are in the hotel right now, and you know, happy for our lives to be safe.”
She said that they have three rooms that are together in a hotel.
“I had to leave everything behind,” she told Cuomo. They took only one extra bit of clothing.
“We have a little anxiety, because we have lost everything,” she said. “I don’t have a plan right now. “Just, you know, asked God to help us and to be a change so we can go through this situation. This is my second time that we lost everything. I did it for Katrina and now this time Harvey, so we are — I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but I’m just trying to be calm and take something good out of this.”
“We have friends and they’ve been calling me to check on me and I’m so thankful with you guys, with CNN and everybody who has spread the news and helped us to get out from our house and even help our neighbors to get out from their house because it was a very deep, very dangerous situation,” she went on. The neighborhood had lost power and light as well as food and water, so it was no longer safe to shelter in place.
She explained that the waters had reached the second floor by the time she was rescued. She said that she doesn’t have flood insurance in her home and that it was an owner financed home, so she didn’t know what would happen. She simply seemed grateful to be alive.
“There is hope,” she told CNN. “And I know this is a good moment for everybody to come together and work together so we can get out of this situation, like we did before with Katrina and know we can do it now here in Texas.”