Families in Texas had every reason to be anxious about their homes when the media broadcast warnings about Hurricane Harvey. In August 2017 the exceptionally violent Category Four storm was fast approaching the state’s Gulf Coast. And one of the families threatened by the storm were the Sochas, who live near Houston. More on them later.
The strength of Hurricane Harvey meant that it was liable to cause extensive damage to property. And that wasn’t all. The torrential rain that the storm could bring was highly likely to lead to severe flooding – and such a deluge had the potential to destroy homes in which people had invested years of hard work.
Harvey had already exacted a toll on lives and property as it passed through the Caribbean and South America. There had been damage to homes on the islands of Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, for instance. Guyana and Suriname saw their share of hurricane devastation, too, with a Guyanese woman having been killed when her house was destroyed by the storm.