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Harvey Aftermath

Harvey Aftermath

Harvey was a category 4 hurricane then became a flooding event on the Texas Gulf Coast

Texas Floods Bring Back Painful Memories For Katrina Survivors

    TX Floods Bring Back Painful Memories For Katrina Survivors

    A North Texas pastor who survived Hurricane Katrina in 2005 says the images of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas coast are bringing back painful memories. (Published Monday, Aug. 28, 2017)

    Hurricane Harvey is stirring strong memories for many who survived and escaped Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The similarities of the images from both storms are a somber reminder of a scary and uncertain time.

    "There were days where there is always questioning. Not, 'God, whether you're right or not,' but, 'God, whether we're going to make it or not,'" Pastor Edward Spears recalled.

    Edwards and his family evacuated New Orleans for what they thought would be a brief time to Atlanta. When they saw the scope of the destruction from Katrina, they met up with more family members and headed to North Texas.

    "Five families plus the family that live there, all living in a little house in Arlington," Spears said.

    Harvey Brings Back Memories for Katrina Survivors

    [DFW] Harvey Brings Back Memories for Katrina Survivors

    Hurricane Harvey is stirring strong memories for many who survived and escaped Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The similarities of the images from both storms are a somber reminder of a scary and uncertain time.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 28, 2017)

    Now, he is the director of Adult Education for the Fort Worth Independent School District and started Faith and Love Church of God in Christ in Fort Worth.

    "You've got to leave where it's comfortable in order to become whatever really designed you to be," he said.

    Like many, the news reports from Houston of Harvey's destruction are causing a bit of Katrina PTSD for the Spears family.

    "We've been watching the weather map, but not necessarily the weather footage, because it is very reminiscent. It is a little too close," he said.

    He remembers vividly the feeling of helplessness in those early days.

    "That was not only a catastrophic failure of the dams, but a catastrophic failure of structural government," Spears said. "Where our government failed, our people didn't."

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    Spears thinks we've learned a lot about dealing with disasters from Katrina.

    "Being prepared for an emergency is more than having a checklist. It is understanding human capital, understanding human casualty and understanding human need," he said. "When you put all those things together, it's more than just having a warehouse full of trailers that don't work."

    Though he can't bring himself to watch all the footage, he knows their loss and prays for the people of South Texas.

    "In all the languages in all the world and all the dialects, there are no words for what it feels like," he said.

    NBC 5 and Kroger are teaming up to get help with the relief effort for the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Visit your neighborhood Kroger and make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross at Kroger's check-out registers. All of the money will go to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those in need by providing food, shelter and emotional support for the people whose lives have been disrupted. Visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information on the relief efforts.

     

    Other ways to help the victims of Hurricane/TS Harvey:

     

    DONATE MONEY

    The Salvation Army is also accepting financial donations. Salvation Army 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) HelpSalvArmy.org

     

    DONATE BLOOD
    Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999

     

    HELP PETS
    SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agendy is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at the following two locations: SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift