Rosalea Nall, 83, was forced to return to her Texas home that was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey last year after its help from the government stopped, reports said Wednesday.
An elderly Texas woman was forced to go back to a house that Hurricane Harvey ripped into his studs last year — because her government financial aid was cut off in April, reports said Wednesday.
Rosalea Nall, 83, lived eight months in a hotel out of FEMA vouchers with other Harvey victims to receive word that her help would end, the Houston Chronicle.
“After the storm, I had no place to live, so I went to a hotel in Pearland with other families who have lost everything,” Nall told the newspaper. “FEMA gave us bedrooms. I was there maybe six or seven months, and in April, FEMA said, ‘sorry, but we can not help you, even financially,’ so I said ‘OK,’ and picked up my car.”
Rosalea Nall and volunteers work to clean up and the reconstruction of her destroyed home.
With nowhere to go, she returned to her Pearland home. The home — now only stripped walls, open ceilings and concrete floors, had no running water, electricity or air conditioning, KHOU-TV reported.
“I would the water in the toilet tank, and that is what I would wash my body,” she told the station. “Sad, but I’ve learned to adapt, I’ve learned to adapt.”
The community has banded together to help Nall, who lives alone, with the reconstruction. While there’s still no air conditioning, the house now has running water, a refrigerator and a bed, KHOU-TV reported.
The Pearland Professional Firefighters Association has also volunteered to help restore the interior.
A GoFundMe page has been created for Nall to help her rebuild the house that she once knew.
“There is hope, just hold on to God,” Nall told the station.