A Houston woman, surrounded by homes filled with water after the devastating Hurricane Harvey ripped through the city, said she went to check on her elderly neighbor and discovered the woman deceased and floating in water, while looters rummaged through her belongings.
ABC7 reports that Michele Poche, a trained paramedic, was one of the first to jump into action after her home on Meyerwood Drive, along with other homes in the neighborhood began flooding. After she determined her children were safe, she ventured out to check on her neighbors.
“Rescue mode, yeah. I knew my kids were safe. I wanted to take care of everyone else at that point.”
Poche particularly wanted to check on Agnes Stanley, a 90-year-old neighbor who had difficulties walking around and taking care of her daily needs.
“She had great difficulty getting around. She was not ambulatory, neighbors brought her paper every day, brought her coffee, we all kind of pitched in to take care of her.”
Poche called Stanley’s son, who gave her permission to break into the home and check on the elderly woman. By the time she got into the home, however, Stanley had already drowned. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office later confirmed that the elderly woman did indeed drown after around four feet of water flooded her home.
Worse, thieves broke into Stanley’s home and burglarized it while she floated facedown in the water.
“She was still in there,” Poche told ABC7. “The coroner was not able to get in until Thursday to pick her body up. Yeah, they broke into her house and stole stuff, too.”
Detectives do not have any suspects in custody so far. Looters invaded numerous homes and businesses during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The tropical storm killed at least 60 people.
[Feature Photo: AP/David J. Phillip]