Note from Mandy Gandesbery
Thank you for your loving support after Hurricane Harvey!! It meant a great deal to us! Let me introduce my family to you. My name is Mandy, my husband is Jack, my daughter is Kiana and my grandson is Chris. I work for Ingleside school district and am based out of Blaschke- Sheldon Elementary a NEU school. Go NEU!!! My grandson, Chris, is a fifth grader here at Blaschke- Sheldon. My daughter is in 8th grade. My husband has a moving company and we have a RV park where we live in Rockport. Before the hurricane we had 11 rental units at our RV park. Harvey destroyed nine of the eleven homes including our home. We had a lot of trees on our land before the hurricane. The hurricane destroyed many of our trees. Some trees were uprooted, some broken, some on homes or buildings and some were just tangled up on the roads. Half of the park flooded too. It was a huge mess!
We evacuated before the hurricane hit. We took our dogs and our indoor cat with us but our horse, donkeys, chickens, ducks and the outdoor cats had to ride out the storm. Thankfully the animals we left behind were alive when we returned. They were not very happy though. The horse and donkeys were in water up to their bellies. The cats were drenched and hiding in trees and debris. The chickens were hiding in their coop up on perches but the coop was missing half the roof and was flooded. I'm not sure what the ducks and goose though about the storm but they loved the huge "pond" Harvey gave them that covered six to seven acres of our park.
When we evacuated we stayed in a hotel a few hours away. We watched Hurricane Harvey approach our town on TV like most other people. It was pretty scary not knowing what was going on especially when we found out our friend and her two young children ended up stranded in Rockport and we didn't have time to go back and get them before the storm hit. The next morning we saw the devastation of the town on TV. That afternoon our friend got a text through saying our land and homes were destroyed but that her family survived the storm.
My husband and I drove back the second day after the storm to see how bad things were and if we could salvage anything. It was crushing to see our home ripped apart and in pieces and all the other devastation on our land. There were some blessings there too though. Our animals were alive, we and our friends were alive and unharmed and our office building had minimal damage compared to everything else.