Family leaves damaged home, thankful for safety

Ismael Perez By Ismael Perez

Sept. 13, 2017 at 9:57 p.m.
Updated Sept. 13, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.

The Otto family include, from left, left, right, Anthony Otto, their 10-year-old boy, their 8-year-old girl and Savannah Otto.

The Otto family include, from left, left, right, Anthony Otto, their 10-year-old boy, their 8-year-old girl and Savannah Otto.   CONTRIBUTED PHOTO for The Victoria Advocate

As the ceiling of their children's room fell apart, Savannah Otto was thankful their two children weren't home during Hurricane Harvey.

"We heard a crash and saw the cat ran out," Otto, 28, said. "We thought it knocked something down."

Otto and her husband, Anthony Otto, 30, rode out the hurricane on their couch watching the news in their apartment at 2303 N. Louis St., while their children stayed at Otto's mother-in-law's house. They have an 8-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy.

"We did good all night until 5:30 a.m.," Savannah Otto said.

As the Ottos shined light to the areas throughout the house, they saw the ceiling from the kitchen fall off first, then the kids' room and then the bathroom.

Otto thinks the winds blew off the roof shingles first.

Then the rain started seeping through the holes, and it eventually caused the ceilings to come down.

The Ottos left the day after Harvey struck and turned off the power so they could avoid a fire.

"It's not livable anyway," Anthony Otto said. "It will take a few weeks to fix it, but we don't plan to rent there further."

The family is staying with Anthony Otto's mother's house and are looking for pet-friendly apartments.

Savannah Otto said they had not been through a hurricane before Harvey, but they experienced flooding in 2015 when they lived on William Street.

She said her family is stubborn, and they did not want to leave. But after seeing the damage, they are thankful their children were not home during the storm.

"If the kids were in their room, they could have been hurt pretty bad. We would have had them sleeping with us in the living room." Savannah Otto said. "For now, we will be staying with my mother-in-law until we figure out what we can do about a place."


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