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Former Halstead Resident Escapes Hurricane's Devastation

Posted 9/7/2017

By Jared JanzenTHIS photo was taken last Sunday, Aug. 27, from JP Morgan Chase Tower in downtown Houston where former Halstead resident Kim Hall works. THIS photo was taken last Sunday, Aug. 27, from JP Morgan Chase Tower in downtown Houston where former Halstead resident Kim Hall works.

HOUSTON, Texas—Nearly two weeks ago Hurricane Harvey struck devastation to parts of Texas and Louisiana, killing at least 39 people and causing more than one million to evacuate their homes. 

One of the people in the path of the hurricane was former Halstead resident Kim Hall, who now lives in Houston. Hall was fortunate that her part of the city was not severely impacted by the storm.

“The sun is shining today,” Hall said last Friday, about a week after the brunt of the storm. “It kind of feels back to normal, but it definitely is not back to normal for a lot of people.”

Hall lived in Halstead since 1993 but moved to Houston in May. She still has family here. She lives in Midtown Houston, south of downtown, and she said her area wasn’t badly hit by the hurricane.

“I’m lucky, I don’t have any drama to tell,” she said.

Hall started preparing for the storm Thursday evening, Aug. 25. She had to wait 30 minutes to fill up with gas, and shelves were nearly bare at the grocery store from so many others stocking up.

Rain started off and on Friday and continued through Saturday. The hardest hit came that night, and Hall woke up Sunday morning to two feet of water outside her apartment. These waters had receded by Sunday afternoon. After that, a steady, light rain continued through Tuesday.

This was Hall’s first hurricane, but she said her experience wasn’t much worse than other storms she’s been through.

“I’m used to Kansas thunderstorms and tornadoes,” she said. “This one didn’t have the great, rolling clouds, just gray skies and lots rain.”

Hall was really fortunate, she said, not to experience the devastation felt by so many others in the region. While many lost their homes, possessions, pets or even loved ones, she escaped with nothing other than a few days’ inconvenience.

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