Keraun Harris, better identified as King Keraun, is a Houston-born actor, comic, and Instagram smartly-known one that’s regarded on Terrorized and Unlit-ish. He agreed to portion with MTV Files his trip of being in Houston in the wake of Typhoon Harvey: the strongest typhoon to hit the U.S. since 2004. Since August 25, he and a neighborhood of fellow Houstonians were the exercise of their autos to mosey of us to safety, going door-to-door to pass out presents, and, most now not too lengthy ago, bringing wait on to exiguous cities like Beaumont and Port Arthur, which remain “lethal” and “abominable,” primarily based totally on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. — Madeline Roth
I’m from Houston, born and raised, nonetheless I’ve been residing in L.A. for roughly two years. I’ve a jam in Houston and my four-year-passe daughter lives there, so I reach wait on every hundreds of weekend to peek her. It wasn’t a weekend to peek my daughter, nonetheless when I discovered out concerning the typhoon, I done up reserving a flight attributable to I wouldn’t be ready to forgive myself if something came about to her and I wasn’t there. After I obtained here, I saw that she became once stable. I saw that she wouldn’t if truth be told be affected and that she and her mom had sufficient meals and sufficient things to be all upright. That’s when I conception, ‘Successfully, it’s time to encourage hundreds of of us that aren’t as appropriate.’
I certain I wanted to encourage of us, I appropriate didn’t know how. So I started with the couple little things that I can even manufacture. First, I took my buddy dwelling in the center of the storm on Saturday. I’ve a 2016 Jeep Wrangler and it sits aesthetic high, so it’ll roughly salvage on the water and be OK. While I became once taking him dwelling, I saw this man who became once about Seventy five years passe. He said, ‘Whats up, would it now not be OK when you occur to accumulate me up a pair streets?’ He became once literally walking in four feet of water. He said, ‘I’m moist and I don’t wanna mess up your automobile. Would you let me appropriate bounce on the rails and retain on?’ Even in a storm, in something so catastrophic, he’s disturbed about my Jeep with the perimeters and the massive grill on it. I became once like, ‘It doesn’t matter, salvage in the automobile!’ I obtained him dwelling, and by the break of that day, I done up getting every other person dwelling and asking of us in the occasion that they valuable rides. So many folks were caught open air at work, and when you occur to’re flooded out of your little automobile, you can even very successfully be miles some distance from dwelling.
On Sunday (August 27), I obtained any person at some level of the bayou, nonetheless I done up getting my Jeep stuck in a ditch. When there’s flooding, if there’s a ditch, you won’t know since the water’s so high over the boulevard. My Jeep obtained flooded out, and a buddy of mine, DJ A-Plus, came and pulled my automobile out of the ditch with his F-150. Here’s what it’s about — it’s about helping of us. I became once helping any person else, and now he’s helping me.
Yesterday (August 31), we obtained observe that Beaumont and Port Arthur are flooded underwater and they’re in a command of emergency, meaning there’s no design in and no design out. They don’t have any water and the water is shut off. I had gotten all these presents and I became once riding around Houston handing over them, nonetheless of us weren’t accepting obvious things anymore. That it’s possible you’ll well mosey to at least one safe haven and they’d assert, ‘We’re most productive accepting tampons, that’s it.’ And then you definately’d mosey to every other jam and they’d assert, ‘We’ve obtained every little thing else, we appropriate need socks.’ It became once turning into apparent to me that every person in Houston became once getting taken care of, nonetheless in Beaumont, there were no of us coming accessible. No person the least bit. I said, ‘Successfully, every little thing we’ve obtained, we’re going to mosey to Port Arthur and Beaumont.’
So final night, we obtained over a hundred cases of water and some meals — bread, noodles, peanut butter, some requirements — and I historical social media to let every person in Beaumont know we’re coming. As I became once on my design, there were of us commenting on my page asserting there’s no design into Beaumont attributable to I-10 is flooded. I posted a video asserting, ‘I appropriate rented a U-Haul, I’ve obtained all this stuff, how manufacture I salvage here?’ I obtained feedback that said to exercise the Waze app, so I did, and I discovered a technique.
After we obtained there, a policeman said, ‘That it’s possible you’ll well possibly’t salvage in there. The water’s flooding, and or now not it’ll be vital to turn wait on around.’ And I said, ‘Successfully, I if truth be told feel like we appropriate gotta strive.’ Because if it became once me and I didn’t have any water, I’d desire any person to determine out. Beaumont is ceaselessly an hour and 20 minutes from Houston, nonetheless this model it took two and a half hours. However we obtained there. When I pulled as a lot as the Antioch Baptist Church, there became once a row of autos ready on me to salvage there, and of us were appropriate crying over water. It messed me up, attributable to I’d never considered any one cry about water. They’d bustle out of little one system too, and there became once a woman who had had to commence up breastfeeding. We came with the little one system and he or she cried attributable to of how tense it had been for her the past two days having to breastfeed.
Beaumont is unexcited going by it. They don’t even have water to bathe or the rest. I’m searching for to salvage them 1,000 cases of water this week, so a minimum of they’ll have bottled water to accumulate bird baths, which is better than nothing. It’s unexcited a command of emergency, and it’ll potentially be like that for a lengthy time, so now it’s appropriate about searching for to salvage them water. One case of water for upright now will be the variation between life and loss of life.
Being from the South, it’s very segregated — you perceive, sunless of us are gonna mosey membership over here, white of us are gonna mosey membership over here, and Hispanics are gonna mosey membership over here. It appropriate is what it’s. However here is the first time I’ve considered every person reach together, it doesn’t matter what. It’s shapely to peek town ruin down racial barriers, especially with this being a Republican command. Everybody build that aside. We didn’t even care that possibly on the wait on of your truck it says ‘Assemble The USA Enormous All once more.’ We’re unexcited helping to have that truck with water.
I appropriate if truth be told feel like town’s showing up, to your entire world to peek. There were 15 guys from Austin, appropriate in model guys, who came out here with their boats to determine out to encourage of us. Then there were guys who came out with their monster autos, and they historical one in every of them to drag an military automobile out of the flood. It appropriate reveals you the design Texas is. We all accumulate care of every hundreds of.
When you’re out here in Houston upright now, it appears to be like to be like as if a in model Friday. There are unexcited underwater spots and there are unexcited of us getting encourage and of us in shelters. However where I’m standing upright now, there are 500 autos on the highway. Of us are at the Whataburger and McDonalds up the boulevard. I’m them. It’s a in model day. However there are the kind of number of little areas that are 50 miles out, eighty miles out, a hundred miles out, that don’t have the rest moreover for one successfully being facility, one police division, one gentle, two Applebees, and that’s it. They’re seeing the rest in Houston and they’re like ‘What about us? We need encourage.’ That’s the biggest assert upright now: attending to your entire little cities around Houston, like Beaumont, Port Arthur, Dickinson, Wayne… all these areas on the southeastern border. My idea upright now is appropriate to mosey wherever I hear wants encourage. Don’t look forward to any person else to encourage those of us — you mosey and encourage them upright now.