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HER HARVEY STORY Nisha Suneja, a fourth grader at Yorkshire Academy, evacuated by boat when her house was flooded.
Harvey was the worst experience ever. At first I thought that it wouldn’t be so bad, but I guess I was wrong. After watching the news that showed Harvey had become a Category 5 hurricane, I was starting to worry. We kept the news on for the rest of the day while we started to move everything upstairs.
Mom decided that we should sleep upstairs because the water was rising so quickly that it had reached the front step of our house! After we moved everything upstairs, my parents decided to duct tape the doors. They believed it would help to keep the water stay out a little longer.
After they were done, they got our uniforms and some other things. When my Mom walked into our room, she realized that the water had already come to our room! I was choking back my tears. I was so scared.
Then at 1 a.m., when everything was done, we decided to go to bed. My sister and I brought our dog Cookie upstairs to sleep with us too. We were very scared for her and wanted to make sure that she felt safe with us.
The next day we saw that the level of water was over a foot in our house. My Dad tried flagging the helicopters from the rooftop. He then called his friend to come and save us with his boat. They rescued us in their boat. They carried my sister and me to the boat, and my parents had to walk there with our dog.
We are now currently living in our rental house. My family and I were truly touched by the generosity of all the people who not only rescued and helped us, but also gave us supplies we needed, including their car. We had lost our home, clinic, cars and storage units. Life is starting to get back to normal, but we have a long way to go before we can move back into our home.
Houstonians are HOUSTON STRONG! That was my Harvey experience. What was yours?
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