UW basketball player gives firsthand account of Hurricane Harvey

Published: Aug. 29, 2017 at 5:37 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) --- A UW basketball player is from the Houston area and has been down there through this storm.

She says her family is lucky.

While many students are moving back to school this week.

One UW basketball player is worried she won't be able to get back to Madison before her first day.

"I'm just wondering if I'm gonna be able to get out on time," Kendall Shaw, a UW Women's Basketball player, says.

Shaw lives in Mont Belvieu, Texas, a town 35 miles east of Houston.

The UW basketball player says when she and her family first heard that Hurricane Harvey was heading their way, they thought they'd stick it out.

"This is not what anybody thought was gonna happen," Shaw explains. "I mean, it's hard to evacuate with such short notice, and we've been safe for every other hurricane.

They lived through two hurricanes with no problem, but they weren't expecting this.

"My dad basically stayed up all night pacing, just like seeing what we could do," she says. "We were literally probably an inch or two from water getting into the house. "

They didn't get any water in their house, so now, they're helping their neighbors.

"Cooking for the emergency responders that haven't been able to sleep in three days and have barely had time to eat because they're out there helping people, so right now as a family we're just trying to figure out what we can do to help other people since we've been so blessed so far," Shaw says.

And being grateful, she says, because it could have been much worse.

Shaw hopes the airports will open up by this weekend, so she can make it back to Madison in time for her first day of school.

She asks anyone who wants to help to please donate to the American Red Cross.

She says even if it's a dollar, any little bit helps right now.

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