Before Hurricane Harvey swept through the Houston area, Allie Davis was homeless and pregnant, living in a tent with her husband Jareth. Now, she’s an evacuee staying at a shelter in the old Fairway Middle School in Killeen, 250 miles away from Lake Jackson, the city she called home.
But today, she gets to see Missy, her 1-year-old beagle-German shepherd mix. On Wednesday, a random woman bought her $94 worth of maternity clothes when she found out that she had been brought here by bus to escape the floods.
Davis’ situation is stressful. The fact her 2-year-old daughter is being cared for by Child Protective Services makes it tougher, but she’s grateful to be where she is.
“It’s a lot nicer over here,” she said Thursday. “We’re planning on moving out here.”
When the Davises learned Harvey was set on a destructive course through much of South Texas, they contacted a friend, and got the chance to stay in their trailer. As the water levels rose, though, they were forced out of the trailer and into a shelter in Angleton.
Then one night, a shelter volunteer woke them up and told them the shelter was evacuating. Someone recommended they hop on a bus to Belton.
They’re glad they did. The shelter’s not too crowded, and there’s a nurse whose become Allie Davis’ close friend, talking to her through her moments of panic, and stepping outside to get some air with her whenever she needs it.
“You’re not going to go hungry here,” Allie Davis said. “Papa John’s just dropped off 90 pizzas not too long ago.”
Because Davis’ daughter is in foster care, she and her husband are not permitted to know her location. They were scheduled to have a meeting with her and their caseworker on Monday, but had to cancel last minute because they chose to flee the area after the storm.
Now, she gets updates through text messages, confirming that she’s OK.
“We’ve got a good caseworker, I know she’ll make sure she’s safe,” she said.