(Photos courtesy of Fred Milligan)
Following the massive flooding following Hurricane Harvey, Houston is reeling from the aftermath and the cleanup ahead. According to ABC News, the Texas Division of Emergency Management reports an estimated 185,149 homes were damaged by Harvey. This has left thousands of residents displaced and millions of dollars worth of repairs.
One couple who experienced the storm firsthand were Fred and Jane Milligan. The couple resides in Kingwood, Texas, just twenty minutes outside of Houston’s city center.
“Our home was one of three in the entire neighborhood that didn’t flood,” Fred Milligan said. “They’re estimating that the flooded homes will cost at least one hundred thousand each to repair.”
The Milligans watched friends and neighbors experience the trauma of losing a lifetime’s worth of memories and belongings in the floods.
“We’ve been hosting friends and neighbors at our home since the storm,” said Milligan. “But many of our neighbors have been displaced to shelters because so few homes survived.”
The events have similarly united people on a larger scale, with the citizens all over the United States donating both time and money to Houston. On Saturday, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Houston for the second time to spend time with victims of the storm as well as volunteers, calling the recovery response “a wonderful thing.”