Displaced Harvey victims find hope in their temporary shelters

Posted at 3:42 PM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2018-06-19 15:01:06-04

Hurricane Harvey forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in Texas and other states along the coast.

While some of those people were able to return to their homes, others had to find somewhere else to continue to live.

That's what two families in Rockport are dealing with now.

The Hendersons are living in a home lent to them by friends, and the Byrds are staying in an RV they just bought.

Both of the families evacuated when they heard Harvey was coming.

"We piled up both cars and the boat and took everything up to Waco where my parents were living so we were able to stay with them well over a month," Emily Byrd said. "The people who stayed in an RV park I don't know what was going through their heads but I didn't want to be here."

Now Emily, John and their 6-year-old daughter Alexis, are living in the same RV park near Rockport just in a different RV because they lost theirs.

"It flipped and ended up behind my neighbor's house. It actually wrecked his deck pretty good. I feel a little bad about that," Emily said.

Emily said she and her husband had planned to move out of their old RV and into a home before Harvey struck.

However, after a month of staying with her parents in Waco, Emily's job called her back to Rockport with so little time that their only option was to buy another RV.

"So we had to find an RV real quick and come back down," Emily said.

Across Rockport, Michael Henderson and his family are living in a different neighborhood, and a different house because they lost theirs.

"It was in bad shape. The roof had lifted off of it. It had turned two or three degrees off of the corner. The brick was down on three sides," Henderson said.

He said parents of friends are allowing the Hendersons to stay in their homes. It's a home they had put on the market before the hurricane but took off to make way for the family.

"It's tremendous, you can't. It's like someone has wrapped their arm around you and told you it's going to be OK. It's tough," Henderson said.

Going to be OK is a sentiment you will hear from both the Hendersons and the Byrds as they adjust to a new normal.

"It was a good time for a bad thing to happen to us on the Gulf Coast because people were fighting against each other and now you saw the unity.

They don't care what side you're on right now. We're all one family," Henderson said.

Whether they're living in an RV park or someone else's home, they both said they're just really living in limbo.

Both the Byrds and the Hendersons said their insurance companies are working with them to recover their losses.

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