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Union County Family Concerned about Houston Home

EAST BUFFALO TOWNSHIP -- The Trahan family moved to Lewisburg about two months ago and are trying to sell their house in the Houston area. Their house is OK right now, but many of their friends and neighbors had to leave their homes.

For Bina Trahan and her family, video from the Houston area is hard to watch. Bina, her husband Justin, and their 1-year-old son moved to Lewisburg from Houston in June when Justin got a job with the gas industry in this area. They are still trying to sell their house in Harris County, one of the hard-hit areas near Houston.

"The last thing that we need is for there to be water damage," Bina Trahan said. "We're trying to fix stuff before we sell."

But Bina says they are lucky.

"It really is street by street in Houston and the surrounding areas. We haven't had any flooding yet on our street."

Even so, one of their neighbors was evacuated and her house was destroyed.

"They had just bought it not too long ago. Luckily, they got out in time. They're north of the city, but she's going to have to start all over. It's so sad."

The Trahans have been watching TV and staying close to their phones.

Justin's parents live north of Houston and got about a foot of water in their house. Justin's brother lives in Houston.

"Their neighborhood, we saw pictures of it yesterday. Justin said it looked like Venice."

But where there is tragedy, there are always helpers. Tom Szulanczyk is the executive director of the North Central chapter of the Red Cross. People want to help and he says the best way is donating money.

You can send a check directly to your local chapter of the Red Cross and notate in the memo "Harvey."

You can also text the word "Harvey" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross or click here to donate to Red Cross hurricane relief efforts.

As for the Trahan family, they will keep checking in with their neighbors in Texas, and if they do get flooding, they will take it one step at a time.

12 comments

  • Andy Panda

    DO NOT DONATE TO THE RED CROSS CROOKS!! Only pennies on the dollar goes to those who need it. Most of the money goes to the fat cat CEO. Donate your time and tangible items like food and cleaning supplies.

  • boohoo

    GET OVER YOUR SELF. PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIFE AND HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. YOU ARE SAFELY IN YOUR MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR HOME STATES AWAY. THIS IS NOT NEWS JUST A PITY ME ARTICLE TO CASH IN ON A NATURAL DISASTER!!! GET A LIFE SCUMBAGS….

    • Hope Moffitt

      So glad someone else saw this as ridiculous. Let me guess next they’re going to set up a GoFundMe account for themselves

  • Hope Moffitt

    OMG people are fighting for their lives down there and these people are worried about their quarter million or half million dollar f****** home they ought to be ashamed of themselves

    • Bob Smith

      Well, I’ve lived in Houston….. Your homeowner and renter insurance NOT including flood coverage. What you need to do is…. Buy flood insurance separately from government. If you don’t have it. Other option. You can go to FEMA to get SBA loan. My friend did that after hurricane Ike. About that families who is new there from Houston who think that their home is safe at far north Houston. Think again…. I have checked out with a friend there and says it’s flooded….. Currently Today is non stop raining in Houston. I went thru trouble there too. A nightmare!

      • Bob64

        If they did everything right, especially the flood insurance I don’t think they have to worry about selling anymore.

      • Bob Smith

        It’s strongly recommended….. Regardless where you live. Houston is flat, build over swamplands. If government buys your house and raze it. And take your insurance money and move someplace else. Houston is troubled for not having zoning regulations. Such as built everything around bayous which isn’t safe. It’s very ugly there too. A mismatch. Still a nightmare for me, I’ve survived 2008 Hurricane Ike too.

      • Bob Smith

        Additional note….. After rebuilt… Not easy to sell….. Why? its flooding zone and we are scared! If high crime neighborhood….. We are scared too!

  • Lloyd schmucatelli

    I’m already sick of this news.

    The media is just frothing at the mouth for another Katrina and this isn’t it.

    The problem with social media these days is grossly reflected in things like this.

    Disproportionate worry.

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