Eastern Kentucky pastor and wife stranded in Houston

Published: Aug. 27, 2017 at 4:43 PM EDT
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An Eastern Kentucky pastor and his wife are stranded as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to bare down on Texas.

Daryl and Cindy Cornett are trapped in Houston as Harvey continues into its third night. Daryl, who is the pastor at First Baptist Church in Hazard, said flooding keeps canceling their flight home. The couple traveled to Texas on Monday, August 21st for Cindy's medical treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center. While Daryl said they are both doing well, they are not able to get home.

"We're sorta stuck here weathering out Harvey and all the rain that's happening and all the flooding that's happening in Houston now," Daryl said.

Daryl said he has never seen rain like he is seeing in Houston before.

"It's just the saturating rain, the rain right now is just sort of relentless," said Daryl. "Just imagine it just raining and raining and raining and the water having nowhere to go."

While Daryl said he and Cindy are safe on the second floor of a hotel, with a small kitchen to make food, he said the impact the storm is having on locals is evident.

"They're talking about just some very traumatic flooding that they've not seen, well some people are saying they haven't seen this in their lifetime," Daryl said.

And while the couple is far away from home this Sunday, "I hate missing being with my church family on the Lord's Day," Daryl said he knows this is just an inconvenience for them, but it is much more for Texas.

"It's pretty severe, very sad," said Daryl.

Daryl said their flight back to Kentucky scheduled for Monday was canceled and it might be Wednesday or later before they are able to leave.

If you would like to help the victims of the Harvey Storm, the American Red Cross said the best way is to give money and not items as there is nowhere there for them to put them.

If you would like to give a $10 donation, just text the word "Donate" to 90999.

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