La Grange homeowners concerned with flood relief resources

With Irma's impact soon to be felt right on the heals of Harvey, some flood survivors in Texas are wondering how this might effect their recovery.

Standing in front of destroyed homes in La Grange, homeowners patiently await a FEMA inspection.  

Some, still in disbelief of the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. 

"Last year, we had to evacuate too. But never in my mind, I thought that the water would get so high. Because last year it didn't," said Tina Luna, who's lived in La Grange for nearly thirty years. 

On Thursday, she stood by her aunt, who lived a few blocks over and also had her home destroyed. The home's loss opened emotional wounds for Luna. 

"For me, it was like losing my mom for the second time. Because for me, that mobile home I was living in – that was my mom's (home)," Luna explained. 

As home owners surveyed what remained, they salvaged what they could. 

"A few of her pictures. And thank goodness for that, because one of them was her wedding picture, and my dad passed away two years ago," said Irma Eilert. 

Her mother has lived in the same home for about six years, and will now have to re-start. 

With Hurricane Irma set to make landfall in the continental United States as soon as this weekend, Eilert is concerned that federal flood relief resources will be stretched thin. 

"That scares me because what if FEMA runs out, what's going to happen to my mom and all these other victims  Is there going to be enough money to go around to help them, to start a new life?" Eilert explained. 

"I think it's going to take a little longer just because everybody's been affected by these hurricanes," said Luna. 

It's a fear lawmakers took a step towards addressing on Thursday, when the Senate approved a $15.25 billion hurricane relief package – which will raise the nation's debt ceiling and fund the government for the next three months. 

Those funds would provide initial emergency funding to Hurricane Harvey and Irma – as well as extend the National Flood Insurance Program until December 8. 

For now, families like Eilert's are thankful for community support. 

"It's just people helping people, and that has been great," said Eilert. 

Something to rely on, in the face of uncertainty. 

© 2017 KVUE-TV


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment