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'We're alive:' Raleigh man's sister makes it to safety in Texas

Posted August 27

— Triangle residents are concerned about family members in Texas as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to drop historic levels of rain on the state.

John Robinson said he spoke to his sister at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday but was unable to get in touch with her for several hours as she attempted to escape the flooding.

His sister, Lisa Robinson, lives in Houston and had to leave her home and stay with friends when the storm began moving in.

Lisa Robinson said her friend’s house became flooded and the last time she spoke to her brother, she said the water was reaching the second floor of the home and they were trying to make it to the roof of the house.

“They said the power had just went out and the water was still coming in strong and now we lost her on the phone and Facebook. We can’t get a hold of her at all,” John Robinson said.

Several hours later, John Robinson got the call he had been waiting for. His sister was ok and had made it to higher ground after wading through the streets of Houston.

“You have to swim or you really have to have some strong legs. It’s really bad out here,” Lisa Robinson said.

Lisa Robinson said her house is a total loss and all she has now are the clothes on her back and the love of her brother to keep her going.

“We’re alive here and we’re able to praise God and to thank him for bringing us through this and to be able to give people hope and continue to pray for those that are still out here,” she said.

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