Corpus Christi Unable to Evacuate Amid Harvey's Landfall
CORPUS CHRISTI – Some people waited too long to evacuate and now have no choice but to ride out the storm.
Pharr native, who is living in Corpus Christi, Melissa Reta’s hurricane plan is simple.
“We’re going to bunker down,” she said.
She and her two teenage daughters will wait out the storm at a friend’s house with sturdier walls than their own.
“I don’t have a car so I can’t travel nowhere. I know they had evacuation buses for us, but I was still trying to get all my stuff together. And the last bus was at 12, so I missed it,” said Reta.
Her family lives in the Rio Grande Valley. She had hoped someone would be able to come pick her up. No one could.
City officials don’t know how many people decided not to evacuate, but they said first responders will be answering calls from those who stay, up to the point it becomes too dangerous for first responders to be out on the road.
At a press briefing Friday afternoon, the Nueces County judge had this message for those who decided to wait out the storm.
“Please be patient. Crews on the ground will get power back to us as quickly as they can, but when it goes off, because of this rain event, it’s going to create a really difficult time for AEP people to get here and get the power restored,” said Nueces County Judge Lloyd Neal.
All of the stores and businesses in the area have closed as Harvey approaches.
Reta can only hope her family has enough supplies to get by.
“Hopefully God has his hands over us,” she said.
As long as her girls stay safe, Reta said she can handle anything Harvey throws her way.
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