FAMILY SOUKI SURVIVES HURRICANE IKE By: Camilla Souki
Photo by: The Galveston County Daily News, Kevin M. Cox • In 2008, My aunt and her kids were stranded in the Bolivar Peninsula during Hurricane Ike. She Shared her experience with me…They had a wrecker service and were usually the last ones out due to helping other people leave. This time the storm surge came in a few hours early and washed the only bridge out leaving them stranded.
The water rose twenty feet causing them to seek shelter in their attic. They were in the attic for about 8hours before the huge waves stopped and the water went down enough for them to climb down. It was a total devastation for my cousins and aunt to see all that happen. They could not see any other houses still standing and the water was still fifteen feet deep. • Photo by: U.S. Air force
Later on…a helicopter came and hovered in front of their house, the pilot waved but then flew away. The next day my aunt climbed down. The water had gone down enough that she could climb down and to try and find water to drink and food to eat since all of their food had washed away when the walls went. After hours of walking through mud and dead animals she found a store that had completely destroyed and found food and bottled water. She carried a few for her and her daughters.
Photo by: David J. Phillip • On their third day… after many tries she flagged down a helicopter, they told them they were just a medical team and while they could not take them out they would tag them on their GPS and send help. The next day they were picked up by a helicopter and taken to a shelter where they were herded around by the national guard.
The shelter had little food, non working restrooms and had everyone in one big room. • Me and my family are very thankful they survived this disaster, and we learned that we all need to prepare our selves from disasters since 100% of the United States is at risk of Natural Disasters, according to a discussion we had in class.