Houston family of 10 ends up in Memphis after fleeing Harvey

Houston family of 10 ends up in Memphis after fleeing Harvey

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Hurricane Harvey brought flooding and devastation to southeast Texas over the weekend, forcing people to evacuate or try to ride out the storm.

Lanore Hunt and her husband, D'Angelo, are now in Memphis trying to figure out what they're going to do after leaving Houston just as Harvey made landfall.

"The decision was just like us sitting here trying to save all these kids or us trying to get out of here," Lanore said.

The couple packed an SUV with their dog and eight children--three boys and five girls, the oldest 17 and the youngest just 3 months old.

"We just said, 'For their safety, we just going to have to go,' and as soon as we got on the road, they started closing down roads already," Lanore said.

The strong winds and rain damaged their tightly-packed SUV.

The Hunts are staying with a family friends, but with so many mouths to feed and being so far from home, they aren't sure what to do next.

"Everything we done worked for just about to be gone. Like, we don't have nothing," Lanore said. "We haven't got, like, no help yet."

American Red Cross is taking calls from people who are displaced from the storm.

Lanore said, right now, all they want is shelter, food, and help for their children.

How you can help

Make a $10 donation to Red Cross by texting the word HARVEY to 90999.

Learn about other donation and volunteer opportunities by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or clicking here.

Donate to the Salvation Army at HelpSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

Houston's mayor set up a relief fund with the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Click here to donate to that fund.

Blood donations are also welcome at a time like this. Lifeblood said all blood types are needed. Click here or call 901-290-9743 to schedule a blood donation appointment.

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