Families in Texas feeling the impact of Harvey's destructive path

Families feeling effects of Hurricane Harvey

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The destructive path left behind by Harvey has affected many families in Texas, but relatives outside of the state are feeling the pain as well.

Denise Middleton, who has family in Houston, spoke with some of the families who needed to be evacuated and how they are handling being displaced by the storm.

Keane Middleton, Denise's brother-in-law, was stranded overnight with other employees at a Home Depot in Houston. Amid the heavy rains, he and others hunkered down in the store seeking refuge as the water level kept rising.

"Before we knew it, there were flood warnings and there was no way to get out," he said, "and the water was starting to rise. So we were trying pump water out of the back dock to make sure the store didn't flood."

He said Home Depot tried to evacuate employees out of the store, but had to stop rescues due to dangerous circumstances.

"The roads were rivers, there was no way getting out," he said.

Once the rain let up, Keane and others were able to get to a nearby hotel.

On another side of town, Denise's cousin Veronica Williams and her mother were evacuated by boat.

"One of our neighbors flagged down a Houston Fire Department boat and they agreed to evacuate us," Williams said.

They were then taken to a temporary shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which was set up by Mayor Sylvester Turner in Houston.

And once there, it didn't take long for Williams to lend a helping hand.

"I started off volunteering and registering people as people came in," she said. "I took down their information."

Texans helping Texans, a common occurrence that happened time and time again throughout the city of Houston.

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