Hit by a Hurricane: Coastal Fisheries Crews – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

(music) [Luis Uballe]
There’s a saying that a tornado, in its own right, could be a destructive force, but
a hurricane, it’s a destroyer of cities. [Brian Bartram]
Our employees and our staff, their job is to collect fisheries data in the Corpus Christi
Bay ecosystem. [Johnny Rios]
Two days prior to Hurricane Harvey, we were out sampling on a Wednesday. We were out in the Gulf when we got the phone
call that we needed to come back. Thursday, we had to button up the lab and
prepare it for the hurricane impact. [CBS Weatherman]
It has just been upgraded to a hurricane. [Jason Slocum]
Every couple hours we get an update from the Hurricane Center, it’s like, oh, well now
it’s a Category 2, and, oh, you know, 2 hours later, well it’s been upgraded to
a Category 3. [CBS Newsman]
Hurricane Harvey has just been upgraded to a Category 4 storm. [Christopher Mace]
So, on August 25th, when Harvey made landfall, most of us had evacuated. It’s a dramatic thing to be evacuated and
not know about your facility or your home. [Weatherman]
If you have not left, the police say they cannot come and get you if something happens. You are on your own from this point forward. [John Perez]
I didn’t evacuate. I chose to stay. At the time, it sounded like it was just a
big old freight train right there, right next to me. (high winds) Getting up the next day, going out, I saw
a lot of families, standing out there with nothing. No clothes, no house, no car. Nothing. It was the saddest day of my life. (seagull) [Moises Hinojosa]
Several of our coworkers had suffered major damage to their homes and property. [Tom Wagner]
We had two big oak trees fall. One put a big hole in our kitchen. [Leslie Krenek]
Chaos all over. We have a guest room and the roof came off
of it. [Tad Papas]
Well, we had a tree go through the roof of the house. The ceiling fell in. [Justin Dunn]
I’ve been living here for eight years and I got lost. A lot of the roads were flooded, so you couldn’t
even actually see the roads. [Christopher Mace]
You know, the damage to the infrastructure was what was first very noticeable. [Cindy Kelly]
We didn’t have electricity here for about two and a half weeks, and we didn’t have
computers or internet or anything for quite a while. [Jacob Harris]
Basic things that people take for granted in their daily lives, that when they’re
taken away, you realize, wow, I really took that for granted. (siren) [Brian Bartram]
The agency is full of great people, and those people are what made the quick response possible. [Christopher Mace]
Before our insurance adjusters had come by, we had our directors here and they brought
a truckload of stuff. [Coby Anderson]
You know, they helped us out a lot. It was good to have something to come back
to, cause a lot of people didn’t have a job to come back to. [Stephen Hale]
Parks and Wildlife actually brought a trailer down and we stayed in that for the first couple
weeks. Everybody was reaching out for one another
and trying to help. [Moises Hinojosa]
To me, adversity is almost like a challenge. You either give up, or you push on. (music) [Luis Uballe]
We came back and evaluated everything. We started getting, putting everything back
together again. [Cindy Kelly]
One of the most important things was going around this parking lot and picking up nails. People were getting flat tires left and right. [Jacob Harris]
We would work all day to clean up our offices and try to get, get our facilities back up
and running. And then we would go off to work and help
clean up our colleague’s homes. It’s crazy how long it takes to recover
from a storm that lasts 12 hours. [Christopher Mace]
And even though our homes were blown up, and our families might have been scattered, we
had a job to do and we were needed. [Luis Uballe]
You’d be amazed. About two weeks after the hurricane came,
boy we were up and running. (boat horn) [John Perez]
Even though you’re going through hard times, there’s people that haven’t even been
back in their house. But they still have the strength and hope
and the knowledge to keep moving. [Linda Martinez]
I know there’s still a lot of people who are hurting and it’s, you know it’s sad
to see that. There’s a lot of people that didn’t have
insurance. I see it getting better and better every day. [Brian Bartram]
Yeah, the Coastal Bend residents, they’re a hearty bunch. Some refer to us as salty. (wave splash) I saw the residents of this town go through
a pretty traumatic event and we will recover fully. And we’ll be prepared for the next storm. [John Perez]
You know, Mother Nature has her own ways of saying things, but I just hope no one has
to go through this. And if they do, we will be there to help them
like they were here to help us. All I can say is, thank you. (music)

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