Alaskans describe how they're weathering Hurricane Harvey in Texas
Feet of water has turned the streets outside Alaskan Kaylena Ferrin's Houston home, to rivers.
And the rain just won't stop. The streets are completely deserted, everything’s quiet, the stop lights are off, there are no cars, there's no light, it's cloudy -- almost apocalyptic.
Alaskans are tough, but nothing Ferrin encountered in Alaska prepared her for her first hurricane.
“This is absolutely catastrophic and it's a very eerie scene here and it's not yet over,” Ferrin said in a phone interview on Monday.
Fortunately, she has not been forced to leave her home like so many others. She lives in the Galleria District -- as does Alaskan Jesse Sewell.
“Just driving around yesterday and seeing the highways 20 feet under water and the houses completely underwater, I mean, it's, it's definitely interesting,” he said. “Being from Alaska, you don't think about things like that, you think of like a snow storm or an earthquake, but here you're not prepared to see or understand how bad it's gonna be and then once it happens, it's just shocking.”
Both know through this experience, and the images of heroic rescues coming out of Texas, southern hospitality is a concept that rings true.
“I think that Texas and Alaska have a unique relationship in that a lot of Alaskans actually move down to Texas,” Ferrin said. “And I noticed when I lived up there that there were quite a few Texans there, so I think that we share a lot of commonality.”
“There's just so many similarities between the two states it's almost like being home, but not quite,” said Sewell.
With their city now underwater, both are waiting for the rain to let up, waters to recede and the sun to shine in Texas once again.