Lufkin woman still has a hole in her house from Hurricane Ike

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "My mother and father worked real hard for this," said Mirtle Hadnot.

The house that now stands with a hole in the roof and black mold in the living areas.

"It's not good, I live in the living room," Hadnot said.

A friendly East Texan helped her get the tree out for cheap.

"When he first said $200 I knew that couldn't be right," said Hadnot.

But, that is what she paid, and now she is left to pick up the pieces.

"I don't know what I'm going to do.  Maybe until I get a roof over there, I'm going to have to get some type of tarp or something to put over there to keep the water out," she said.

The tree root still sits in her yard, a reminder of what she's had to live with for the past six months.

She said, "[It] tore the fence down, raised the house up, I never saw anything like it," until she noticed the water.

"It just comes down that wall right there," she explained.

She is a survivor, and she is not ready to give up.

"It really makes me sick sometimes, I really cough and stuff, but I'm too afraid I'm trying to condemn the house and I have to stay here," she said.

The place where the only child is trying to keep her parents' memory alive.

"They worked too hard, you know doing manual labor.  I went to college, I have two or three degrees, but they didn't get to do that.  So, I think I owe it to them to get this house fixed, even if I have to do it a little bit at a time," she said.

Now, she begins piecing her house and her life back together.

"I'm still here and I'm going to do the best I can to try to get all of it fixed starting yesterday," she said.

Hadnot said she has been waiting on help from FEMA since they came and looked at her house right after the tree fell.   However, since she used to be an Army nurse she is now thinking she will go get help from Veteran's Affairs.