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Families hurt by Harvey count blessings

November 22, 2017 12:18 PM

The pounding and the hum of fans and dehumidifiers are sounds of hope to George Dorsey. In late August, Hurricane Harvey walloped parts of Texas and flooded Dorsey's North Houston house. The rising water forced he and his wife, Arva, to make quick decisions.

It was an all-too-familiar scenario for the couple. They had to re-do their floors after Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

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Thankfully, the Dorseys did not lose any family members.

Harvey is blamed for more than 80 deaths in Texas.

The couple is among the close to 47,000 people still staying in hotels this Thanksgiving, with vouchers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Dorseys have faith they'll be back in their house by the end of the year, thanks in part to dozens of good Samaritans.

Volunteers from the Christian non-profit Samaritan's Purse, have come from across the country, donating their time to other people's homes.

The Dorsey say up to now, they were on their own for much of the post-storm cleanup.

The charity is helping re-build several houses on the Dorsey's street.

It's a chance to reclaim what was lost and make some new memories, hopefully in time for Christmas.

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AP

(Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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