Former Bakersfield family trying to stay afloat after Harvey

Posted at 6:13 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 21:13:45-04

Thousands of people are still stranded in their homes and neighborhoods due to the flooding from Hurricane Harvey, including people with ties to Kern County.

“How are we going to survive the next few weeks with no money, with no way to go anywhere, just what are we going to do,” said Lisa Vaughn, who has been affected by Harvey.

Lisa and her family are in survival mode right now. They live in the town of Atascocita, which is a town northeast of Houston, moving there from Bakersfield just over a month ago.

“We aren’t used to this. We are from Bakersfield so we aren’t used to this. We see it on the TV and we just pray for those people. But now that we are experiencing it, it’s nothing that we have seen before,” said Vaughn.

Lisa’s home was thankfully not affected by the flooding, but they had to dig trenches around her house to make sure the water would not reach the front door.

“Our house in particular did not get flooded by the grace of god,” Vaughn said.

When Lisa heard Harvey was close to making landfall she headed out to the store and got provisions, water, canned food, non-perishables. Now all of the stores are closed in her area.

“We probably have enough food for 5 or 6 days,” Vaughn said.

In her neighborhood other houses were not as lucky, becoming completely flooded.

“One of our neighbors that live on our street we see him every day. He has two canoes he leaves every day to go help people,” Vaughn said.

As for now, Lisa and her family are taking things day by day.


“The next few days I am hoping things continue to subside because I don’t think our town would be able to take another hit like we just got. We are basically on survival mode right now, we are going to do what we have to do in order to survive,” Vaughn said.