The girl whose plea for rescue from the roof of a Houston constructing throughout Hurricane Harvey was broadcast stay on “Good Morning America” mentioned that two months later she feels grateful to be alive, however that “reality set in once I went back to my apartment and realized I had nothing.”
“God is looking out for me, because I’ve still got a roof over my head,” Iashia Nelson advised ABC News. “Material things, they come and they go. But life don’t.”
Nelson’s determined plea for badist, when she video-chatted with “GMA” from a rooftop as floodwaters rushed round her, highlighted the agony of these impacted by the hurricane that pummeled southeastern Texas roughly six weeks in the past.
‘I badumed we was going to die’
In a brand new interview that aired on “GMA” as we speak, Nelson recalled the phobia of Aug. 28, when Harvey’s floodwaters compelled her to flea her dwelling, describing the expertise as a “nightmare.”
“I just remember it was a lot of people on the roof, and I thought we was going to die, ’cause I could just hear all these people cry for help,” she recalled. “It was like, this was a nightmare. But it was really life.”
“But once ‘Good Morning America’ called me, I kind of got a little hope,” she mentioned. “I said, ‘Well, they’ve got a platform, so the world can see us and somebody can get us help.'”
She added that she was “grateful” to have been rescued and for all of those that adopted as much as badist her and her household after they discovered shelter.
On having to ‘begin throughout from scratch’
Nelson, who got here to Houston to restart her life after surviving Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, mentioned that after the floodwaters receded and she or he now not feared for her bodily security, the fact of the state of affairs started to sink in when she returned to her house.
“You walk into a place with nothing, and you got to start all over from scratch,” she mentioned. “And that was reality.”
She mentioned that remarkably, the one factor that she was capable of get well from her flood-ridden dwelling was a Bible that she obtained from her former church in New Orleans.
“I got the Bible when I got baptized in church in New Orleans, Allegiant Fields Baptist Church, which is no longer, no more, because Hurricane Katrina took that church away,” she mentioned.
She mentioned that upon returning to her dwelling, the Bible “was the only thing that was left, really, in there that was salvageable.”
The mom of three boys aged 17, 15 and Four, mentioned that she is very nervous in regards to the influence the disaster had on her kids.
Nelson mentioned that her Four-year-old son will get scared every time it begins raining.
“Every time it rains now, he looks out the window, and tells everybody, ‘We’ve got to leave, it’s going to flood,'” she mentioned. “I said, ‘No baby, it ain’t going to happen no more.'”
When requested what her household nonetheless wants, Nelson responded, “We really just need clothes.”
“And then Christmas is coming up,” she added. “I’m not a materialistic person, so nothing is too small for me.”
Nelson added that she introduced nothing along with her when she escaped her dwelling in the course of the hurricane, saying, “I had nothing. Nothing but my purse, and my purse popped.”
‘When one thing dangerous occurs, I all the time search for the great’
While she tries to stay constructive, Nelson mentioned there was a degree whereas she was looking for a everlasting place to remain when she simply needed to surrender.
“During that down moment, I went inside the bathroom,” she mentioned. “I used to be crying. Crying and praying and saying, ‘God, I do know you’re an on-time God, however I want you greater than ever now.’
“I don’t want my children to ever see me in that kind of situation, because if they know that I’m down, they know nothing is going to go right,” she mentioned. “That’s why I always try and keep a brave and strong face. ‘Cause if I break down, my children feed off of my emotions.”
Nelson added that in the course of the second when she needed to surrender, she compelled herself to concentrate on the constructive elements of her state of affairs.
“I just tell myself that, ‘It could have been worse, you could have been dead … your children could have been dead. You know, you could be homeless right now but you’re not,'” she mentioned. “I all the time have a look at the brighter aspect.
“When something bad happens, I always look for the good,” she added. “‘Cause I always say, ‘When it’s something bad, something good is to follow.'”
Nelson mentioned that in a 12 months from now she hopes to be “inside my own home.”
“None of my mom’s children ever bought a house before, and I want to do something that they never did,” she mentioned. “I want to be one of the ones that bought a house. So I can have something I can leave my kids when I close my eyes.”
Ways you possibly can badist
American Red Cross: Help folks affected by disasters like storms and numerous different crises. Visit Redcross.org/abc, name 1-800-RED CROSS or textual content the phrase REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Feeding America: The nation’s largest home hunger-relief charity gives badist, meals and provides to folks impacted by the latest pure disasters, serving
all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Visit FeedingAmerica.org/ABC
ABC News’ Kaitlyn Folmer contributed to this report