What pushed a man from Guelph to drive 23 hours to Houston after Hurricane Harvey pummeled into the area?
“Helpin’ a buddy out,” is what Bill Hamilton told CJOY News on Tuesday after he returned from Texas over the weekend.
Hamilton said his expedition began last weekend when his friend Pat Quirk called asking for a trailer after his sister, who lives in Houston, was forced from her home because of flooding.
“He was worried about her, so he needed a trailer and a machine so he could help her,” Hamilton explained.
“And I just decided to go with him.”
The two men left Guelph the evening of August 28 and arrived in Texas the next day with an Argo ATV capable of driving and floating.
Hamilton said what he saw was unbelievable.
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“We got right to Pat’s sister’s house and it was just like boom – six feet deep,” he said. “We were floating along and we see a white haze, and it’s a car under the water.”
Despite Pat’s sister’s house being flooded by six feet of water, they managed to get some personal belongings out and move her into a friend’s apartment.
He added they helped out a few others too.
“No one was really talking, everybody was just kind of going, just doing it,” Hamilton said.
“It gives you a different perspective when it’s -20 here and we’re all complaining,” he reasoned and added he’d have no problem doing it all over again.
And this wasn’t his first trip south of the border to lend a helping hand. Hamilton mentioned he and his landscaping company have also made trips to New York and Baltimore in the past to help plow snow during blizzards.