Alaskan resources to help Harvey victims
Flood waters in South Texas continue to rise and destroy hundreds of thousands of home left behind by their owners who sought shelter elsewhere.
Former Wasilla resident Yvonne Lavoie and her family are among the lucky ones. Although they've been trapped in their north Houston home for several days now Lavoie says their home made it through the storm undamaged. She says the family's Alaskan roots are helping them cope with Hurricane Harvey's aftermath.
Before the storm hit, the entire family planned ahead, storing both food and water in case they found themselves in this very situation.
Lavoie says, "We're [a] young and healthy family, so we can tough it out. We're Alaskans, we can tough it out."
Ken Cole lives in Big Bear and is in Victoria, Texas, visiting family. He arrived before the storm. Cole is a bit luckier than the Lavoie family since he's able to leave his home and drive through Victoria. Cole described what he saw while driving around.
"Long, long lines for gasoline and none of the stores are open, and you know wherever a store is open like Lowe's, or any of the other building materials stores is packed," said Cole.
More help from Alaska is already on the ground in Texas. Monday night, Governor Walker deployed more than 20 members from the 249th Airlift Squadron and the Alaska National Guard to help with the rescue and recovery efforts.
The thousands of families that sought shelter elsewhere may soon return only to find out that their homes are unlivable. There are some plans in the works by the federal government to help these flooded residents move in recreational vehicles and travel trailers supplied by dealerships all across America.
Patrick Nutter, general manger of ABC Motorhomes here in Anchorage, says he is ready to send some of his inventory if he receives a request from FEMA. Nutter says he feels for the people of South Texas.
"I can only imagine what they're going through. They're gonna need some decent housing to get them through their rebuilding and relocating process."
Nutter says he's been through this before. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast back in 2005, ABC Motorhomes donated 60 trailers to house families that were in need.
"We actually worked with FEMA back then and diverted, used our drivers, and we took them actually down to Louisiana ourselves and helped them out," said Nutter.
Right now, it's a wait-and-see game for businesses like ABC Motorhomes. Nutter went on to say that if his company were to send some of their inventory now it won't hurt his business because the RV season is already winding down. However, he says if they have to use inventory scheduled to be delivered to Anchorage in February then his business will see some financial strains.