This is “worse than the worst-case scenario for Houston,” tweeted WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue earlier this weekend.
Hurricane Harvey has pounded its way through southern Texas and is predicted to dump up to 50 inches of rain by the time all is said and done.
Thousands are stranded, left without power, transportation and, in some cases, even food.
But one Lafayette couple is facing even more dire circumstances.
Youngsville Chief of Police Rickey Boudreaux reached out to The Daily Advertiser about his niece, Tiffany Boudreaux.
Tiffany and her boyfriend, Garrett Baudoin, 25, traveled from Acadiana to Houston last Monday, Aug. 21, so that he could undergo a serious medical procedure.
Baudoin had a brain tumor removed last Tuesday at Memorial Hermann hospital and was scheduled to have a follow-up procedure this morning. It’s been postponed due to horrific flooding, which has left dozens of hospital employees unable to get to work.
Deteriorating weather conditions have also prevented Tiffany from being by her boyfriend’s side as he recovers.
She’s staying at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Houston – and as of now, there’s no way out.
“The water is up to the door handles on the cars in the parking lot,” Tiffany says, “and the cars that parked in the underground garage, they’re completely underwater.”
She and Baudoin were supposed to head back to Lafayette on Monday night, but that’s no longer an option.
For this Youngsville resident, Hurricane Harvey is bringing back memories of last summer, when record-setting floods left her neighborhood soaked.
“It’s looking the same as my house did last year,” she says. “My neighborhood was flooded, and we couldn’t get in or out. But, honestly, it seems even worse here.”
Tiffany, who works for the Lafayette District Attorney’s Office, says despite the circumstances, her boyfriend remains in good spirits.
“He’s ready to get out, though,” she says.