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With little hope of getting out alive last night, one family bravely spoke with NPR. I was first notified about this interview late last evening, and it percolated in my brain all night, giving me nightmares.

Here’s the post which brought my attention to it:

Just listened to NPR anchor having a live interview with a young woman in Houston who is with her father, grandmother and several younger siblings. THEY ARE INSIDE THE GRANDMOTHER’S SINGLE-STORY HOUSE, IN WAIST-DEEP WATER, UNABLE TO ESCAPE.
They haven’t been able to get an answer from any of the emergency phone numbers, including the Coast Guard, which has 13 helicopters rescuing people from rooftops.
The NPR anchor found out about them through TWITTER, where many are pleading for rescue.
It was the most bizarre conversation I’ve ever heard. These people could easily die tonight, and the young lady was remarkably calm, almost as if she has accepted the fact of her imminent death.
NPR talked to Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, asking him why Governor Abbot’s call to evacuate was resisted. His answer was chilling: 6.5 million people could not just get on the highway without creating additional, fatal issues, like: Where do they go, since the flooding extends to Austin and San Antonio? How will the continuing rain impede efforts to deal with the inevitable clusters of car wrecks? Worst of all, with the forecast that the rain would end next weekend, what if millions of evacuees began to return, with the floodwaters still there, no grocery stores and gas stations open, and hospitals underwater??
It was a recipe for carnage. But Jada and her family are going to die because they stayed put.

Here’s the full interview from NPR. (Link here)

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