Bevil Oaks resident leaves job to help others recover from Harvey

Bevil Oaks women helps those in need

If you drive down Sweetgum Drive in Bevil Oaks, you would still see Lisa Gordon still working hard to rebuild her home after it received four feet of flood water from Tropical Storm Harvey.

"When you look at it in the big picture, there is nothing we can do about everything we lost,” said Lisa Gordon, a Bevil Oaks resident.

Before Gordon was faced with this difficult task, she would spend the weekdays operating her business in North Houston and the weekends helping her 83-year-old mother at her Bevil Oaks home. But Gordon's routine would change just days before the storm hit would hit the city.

"I actually came down and I picked her up and took her up to leave and stay with me for about three weeks."

Days after Gordon and her mother would leave, a mandatory evacuation was issued for Bevil Oaks. However, after returning, they would witness nothing short of devastation

"Just able to save very little, few dishes, glass and things like that."

This philosophy helps Gordon to stay motivated as nearly 70 other homeowners are also trying to make their homes livable again, with 29 other homes still remaining vacant.

"Those houses are closed up and at this point full of black mold which is very dangerous," said Gordon. As a community we are not sure what is going to happen to them."

This devastation made Gordon leave her job temporarily, not just to spend time rebuilding her and her mother's home, but others in the community.

"I can't stand the thought of someone here who needs help that desperately," said Gordon. That’s not the neighborhood I grew up in."

If you don't find Gordon at her home, you'll find her off Wayside drive spending time volunteering at rebuilding homes that were affected, removing sheetrock and cleaning up the debris that Tropical Storm Harvey left behind.

"I got the important things in my life and that is because my mom is okay, my family is okay, and really that is all that matters.

If you would like to find out how you can help those in need, you can call City Hall at 409- 206-1862.

 

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