Former Lewiston Couple Documents Hurricane Experience through Facebook
LEWISTON, ID —
Even over 2,000 miles away, Hurricane Harvey hits close to home for some in our community. One couple who survived the storm have roots right here in Lewiston.
Kristi and Scott Beeler moved from Lewiston to Texas five years ago. Over the past week, they lived through a catastrophe they never could have imagined.
Kristi Beeler says, "First time experiencing something like this, absolutely. I've never seen anything like it before."
Kristi and her husband, Scott, are still in shock. This is the first time they've been back to their home in Spring, Texas since flood waters receded.
Kristi says, "Now watching the whole neighborhood gut their houses out to rebuild."
The Beelers moved to the town just outside houston in 2012. Coming from Lewiston, they'd never experienced a hurricane.
Little did they know, they'd have to live through what's being called the worst in U.S. history.
Kristi says, "As I'm watching our houses, our neighborhood wash away. All these rescue boats taking people by boat out of their homes."
Shannon Moudy says, "When the rains and wind began on Saturday, until the water was up to waist high, Kristi documented what was happening for her friends and family using Facebook live."
Kristi says in a Facebook video, "Goodbye house."
Eventually the Beelers had to leave as water crept up to their front door.
Kristi says, "Sunday it was a quarter of the way in our driveway. Monday, later Sunday maybe, it was up to the garage door. And the next time we came here it was a foot of water we were walking in."
Since they didn't live on a floodplain the Beelers didn't have flood insurance. They say the downstairs of their two-story home is completely destroyed.
Kristi says, "Rebuild, replace everything. I mean we still have bills we have to pay."
Their daughter, who still lives in Lewiston, has started a GoFundMe page to help.
The Beelers say this whole experience has made them a little homesick - for more reasons than one.
Kristi says, "I always felt so bad for people when I saw it when I lived in Idaho, but when you're actually in it, it's terrible. It's awful, it's devastating, it's the worst thing I've ever experienced."
Click on this link if you would like to help the Beelers.