Rockport man bikes through devastation, flooding to let family know he's safe

Man says he stayed behind to make sure home survives storm

By Courtney Friedman - VJ, Reporter

ROCKPORT, Texas - The eye of Hurricane Harvey overpowered the small city of Rockport over the weekend.

Though most people evacuated before Harvey pummeled their homes, some people like Rockport resident Chris Tackett stayed.

Tackett rode his bike through the devastation and flooding of Harvey to find a way to communicate with his family.

"There's no service on the map," Tackett said. "I'm trying to let my family know I'm safe."

Tackett said he stayed behind to make sure his home, which has been in his family for decades, survived the storm. He said his home will need some serious repairs.

"There's a hole in the kitchen, one tree's against the house scratching the roof," Tackett said.

He's lived in Rockport for almost 40 years and has survived a number of big storms. This one, however, was different.

"This is worse," Tackett said. "I've never seen this before."

Tackett knows he's luckier than others within a mile of his home -- flipped RV's and businesses lay in ruins.

"It was insane," Tackett said. "I'm lucky I survived."

Thankful for his life, he doesn't mind a bike ride and some rain drops.


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