Lillian Hood lived in a patio home in Kingwood near Lake Houston when Harvey hit the area. She was not surprised the streets flooded in her neighborhood after hearing the rain predictions for Hurricane Harvey, but she did not expect the degree of devastation the storm brought her way: four feet of water in her home and the fear of drowning in her wheelchair as she and her caregiver hoped for a high-water vehicle to rescue them.
She and her late husband had moved to The Enclave neighborhood in 1997, a group of one-story patio homes, popular with retired people. After moving there, Lillian learned that the neighborhood had experienced high water during a flood in 1994, and that the police had warned people that they should evacuate because water would be released from Lake Conroe and flow down the San Jacinto River to her area. Only one Enclave home flooded in 1994, but with Harvey every home has water, from a few inches to several feet.
Ninety years old and wheelchair-bound, Lillian discussed moving to a new apartment at a senior living facility. She remained upbeat and positive, happy to enjoy her new life and the few treasures her family salvaged for her. Her positive attitude and joyful smile are inspirational and give new meaning to “seeing the glass as half full.” While Lillian talked about the fear she felt as the water rose and her rescue, she preferred to focus on the outpouring of generosity from the people she did not know, or barely knew, who took her and other flooded family members into their homes; and the people from her church who helped tear out houses and offer other assistance.
Below you can read the transcript of the film clip from her interview, including: Lillian’s Rescue, Lillian’s Distress Signal, and Lillian’s Memories. A full transcript will be posted when completed.