Woman in Houston survives both Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey

Posted at 7:08 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 20:08:18-04

HOUSTON, Texas - A woman living in Houston says the images of Harvey are too familiar after surviving Katrina almost 12 years ago. 

"I felt like I was going to go through Katrina all over again," said North Houston resident Nel Ackerson. 

Saturday morning, Ackerson and her husband waited. 

"A lot of rain, rain just pouring down rain."

The view from outside the third floor of her apartment, inches of water. 

So much so, an empty pool now full again. 

"We don't have any high water or any flooding where I am, so we didn't really feel the need to evacuate."

Thankfully, not in the heart of the feet of water in South Texas, but the images take her back. 

"Katrina was devastating. We had to be rescued by the army." 

She stayed at the Super Dome for a week with no food or extra clothes. 

"I was worried. I was scared. I didn't know where I was going to go, what I was going to do."

The rushing Houston waters a vivid reminder. 

"I was up to water up to my knee in Katrina and here there's no water."

And while the damage, flooding and entrapments of Harvey aren't her reality this time, the chilling images make one thing clear. 

 "This is even worse than Katrina to me."

Sharing the prayer she's sending to the man upstairs.

"To protect me, to protect my family, protect my friends, let everything be all right, just let everybody be all right, and let Harvey go, let the rain go away!"

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