A former Elizabethtown resident now living in Houston described how she is dealing with Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.
Mill Aller, 60, relocated from Elizabethtown to Houston in 2000. She and her partner, a physician, live in the residential area surrounding the Texas Medical Center, where both are employed.
Aller is the senior administration coordinator for McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas in Houston.
The massive medical complex is “quite prepared for disasters,” Aller said in an interview by email.
“The impact is minimal,” she said, “with the exception of relieving tired staff and physicians. … Some staff have remained on duty since this all started.”
The hospital uses helicopters and other emergency vehicles to bring staff in as needed, she said.
Aller said hers home is “surrounded by water” but is dry inside.
“Everything is at a standstill,” she said. “We are advised to stay in our residences.”
Some of her friends at the medical center were evacuated from their homes, she added; some may lose everything in the flooding.
“The situation has been heart-wrenching, tiring,” Aller said. “We will never be the same. Seeing this will change you. What you are seeing on the news is real.”