FOX 26 HOUSTON - It's been five months since Hurricane Harvey brought catastrophic and life threatening flooding to the city of Houston. As we continue to move forward, Fox 26 is honoring the heroes of Harvey. Sally MacDonald has the story of a 32 year veteran of the Houston Police Department, who lost his own home while putting the city first.
Officer David Williams and his wife Marsha found their paradise more than 30 years ago, raised two girls and never left. Back in August, as the rain was coming down, he reported to his station in Kingwood. For days he watched the roads, helping to steer drivers away from high water, rescuing some and comforting many more whose homes had flooded. While away, a neighbor sent a picture to his phone showing that Ofc. Williams' home had not been spared.
His wife quickly evacuated to their daughter's home up on the hill.
"That night I knew my wife and daughter and grandkids were stranded surrounded by water, I couldn't get any sleep," he said.
When the water went down, Ofc. Williams found 30 years of life tossed around and an uncertain future. Like the majority of flood victims, he did not have flood insurance. He has had to take out a loan and put retirement plans on hold. Wal-Mart and Exclusive Furniture both surprised the couple with gift cards to help them refurnish their home. They hope to move back in this month.