Kendra Clarke said she and her 8-year-old daughter all 11-year-old niece escaped to higher ground when the water started to rise in Freeport, Bahamas.
“We went gallivanting around in the rain that’s when we noticed that it was flooding in areas that had never flooded in the history of Freeport – and we’ve been here for 30 years,” Clarke, 40, told CNN.
When they got back home, they noticed the water had risen significantly in the half hour they were away. That’s when they decided to leave.
“I went home and packed my passports, I packed the girls’ clothes. We just shut up shop and we just left,” she said.
Unfortunately, the church nearby wasn’t taking anyone else in because of overcrowding.
“I sat by the church that’s on the hill but they had so many people they weren’t able to take anyone else. So, I just sat in my car for the next 3 hours,” she said. “Then the water started to rise.”
Thankfully, her brother, who’s in Chicago and works at the Bahama’s Grand Lucayan, told her by phone that the hotel was accepting evacuees.
“They were very helpful during this time, they gave us beds, feeding us breakfast, I must commend the Lucayan and its staff,” she said.
She took this video of the rising floodwaters: