Doris Yudelvich

Doris Yudelvich has lived in Houston for thirty years, and experienced flooding on Memorial Day in 2015 and during Hurricane Harvery. Yudelvich says that she did not go to work on Saturday, August 26 because she was worried that flooding might prevent her from getting home. After some light hurricane preparations, she went to bed but was awakened a few hours later when her daughter said there was water in the house.

As the water was rising, Yudelvich called her neighbor who had a room above her garage and asked if her family could go there to escape the flood. She invited other neighbors to come with her. Yudelvich recalls the struggle of trying to contact her husband, who was in Chile, and how family members from all over the world began contacting her. She mentions her belief that while Houston is a beautiful city, it has not done much to prepare its infrastructure for flooding. Her daughter and son-in-law, who were staying at her home when the storm began, provided up-to-date information from social media about rescue efforts and other things. There was a break in the rain on Tuesday, and Yudelvich walked to a friend’s house in Bellaire that had not flooded. She credits this support for getting her through the disaster. Yuldelvich moved to Houston in the 1980s after leaving her home in Chile to escape political instability. She started a clothing business just like her family owned in Chile. Yudelvich discusses the topic of immigration and assimilation and her experience as a Jewish Latino. She says she is disappointed that some members of the Jewish community decided to leave Meyerland, but also that she cannot blame them after the floods they have experienced. To end the conversation, Yudelvich describes the ways that Houston, and the United States are unique when it comes to disaster relief. She says that everyone is taught to give, which was not common in Chile.