Texans escape Hurricane Harvey to stay with family

WICHITA FALLS - Many across Texas stayed to ride out the storm and others fled to escape Hurricane Harvey just in time.
 
One family from near Corpus Christi made it to Burkburnett, where they're now staying with family, still wondering when they'll be able to go back home.
 
April Vaughan and her husband were originally going to shelter in place singe they have six children, but as Hurricane Harvey continued to grow in size, family members stepped in, offering them a safe place here in Texoma. 
 
"We came up here after watching the weather and how the storm was coming towards us," Vaughan said. "We decided to go ahead and evacuate Friday morning when we woke up. You know, we decided to go ahead. They're more important than anything else."
 
While 5 of her children traveled North, her eldest decided to ride out the storm. 
 
"Trying to get everybody and pack up and stuff, our eldest son told us that he was not going to come, and you know, he can make his own decisions. At that point it was just like butterflies, flipping upside down. Didn't want to leave him," Vaughan said. 
 
Vaughan said they boarded up the windows and doors on their house and now  that the storm has cleared that area, they say thankfully their home made it through the storm.
 
"Our house, and like my brother's house, they're fine just our fences are all knocked out. Vaughan said. "Our neighborhood is mostly still intact. There's shingles off of some people's houses and of course, everybody's fences." 
 
But for now,the area where they live is without power and could be for about a week. 
 
So, while they wait for the lights to come back on, Vaughan said she's so blessed to have family to lean on. 
 
"It means everything. Just them letting us, being willing for us to come up here and stay with them," Vaughan said. "It's... it's a blessing to have family to say that. Be willing for us to come up and they've already told us too, you can stay as long as you want. As long as you need to. We're here."
 
As for how long they'll have to stay.... 
 
"We're kind of going back and forth on that about how long. We really want to get back to our son," Vaughan said.
 
Back to their son and back home, to try and pick up the pieces after the storm. 

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