BRIDGWATER NEWS: Bridgwater’s Shara thanks loved ones for support after Hurricane Harvey
A FORMER Bridgwater woman wishes she was back home in Sedgemoor with her family right now after having to endure the living nightmare of Hurricane Harvey in eastern Texas.
Shara Cote moved to the United States nine years ago and lives in North Houston which has been struck by the huge force of the tropical storm over the past week where around 40 people have been killed.
And Shara, speaking from her home, told the Bridgwater Press: “I go home to Bridgwater every year to see family and I wish I was there now. The entire event has been incredibly scary and catastrophic.”
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 25, 2017, and the resulting floods saw thousands of homes go under water, displaced 30,000 people and prompted more than 13,000 rescues.
Thankfully Shara made it through Hurricane Harvey unharmed and has now been helping in the massive clean-up operation which has begun including neighbours’ homes which suffered flood damage.
“My heart goes out to all who have lost their homes, family members and pet,” she said.
“I have never in my life witnessed such scary weather and such a devastating storm. Thank you to every emergency responder who have and also continue to risk their lives to get us out of the water to safety.”
PHOTO – TOP: Flooded Houston and Bridgwater girl Shara Cote who has been living in the United States for the past nine years.
PHOTO – RIGHT: Shara Cote helping with the mopping up operation following Hurricane Harvey.
Shara has received messages of love and support from friends in Somerset – which itself suffered terrible flood damage a couple of years ago.
She has explained why so many people decided to stay in their homes rather than evacuate when they knew Hurricane Harvey was heading their way.
“Instead of trying to brave roads under water, constant rain, surprise sink holes and the desperate need to leave passable roads cleared for emergency crews, people find staying at home a better option,” she said.
“Ninety per cent of hurricane deaths are people who drown in their cars while trying to leave their neighbourhoods.
“When Hurricane Ike hit the United States in 2009 people trying to evacuate were stuck in traffic for days. More than 100 people died in the traffic chaos – far more than died from the storm.”
It has been said that Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to have hit Texas in more than 50 years.
Shara said she would like to thank all her family and friends for getting in touch via social media over the past few days to make sure she was ok.
PHOTO - ABOVE: A map showing the impassable roads due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.
PHOTO - ABOVE: Flooding devastation in Texas.