A University of Nebraska – Kearney graduate thought she was safe in her Houston residence in wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Beth Advey, a native of Gothenburg, got a rude awakening, literally.
Advey says she woke up to car alarms from cars submerged by floodwaters in wake of the hurricane.
Advey says the evacuation process brought a flotilla of private boats to her apartment complex.
“People kept coming in kayaks. They were saying that they were looking for a specific person,”
Advey tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KHAS. “They evacuated the elderly and families with small children first. And then, rescuers, police department, and fire department, were coming in with bigger boats.”
It didn’t appear flooding would reach her apartment complex at first, according to Advey. Then, the floodwaters kept rising and kept coming, until they surrounded her apartment and choked off traffic to and from the complex.
Water rescue was the only escape.
Once rescue crews arrived in those bigger boats, they began taking apartment residence to higher ground.
Advey says even in the face of such adversity, humor from a rescue worker helped ease the stress.
“When I was getting into the boat, I couldn’t climb up (the side of) the boat, because it would tip over. So he said, ‘Just stand here, put your backpack over the rim of the boat and I’ll grab your legs.’ And so he grabbed my legs
and basically just dumped me into the boat and he looked at me and said, ‘I’m sorry I couldn’t have been more romantic,’” Advey says. “So, he made me smile in the midst of a stressful situation.”
Kaleb Henry, KHAS, contributed to this story.