Hurricane Harvey divides a Miami Valley native from her family

Hurricane Harvey divides a Miami Valley native from her family.

ALVIN, Texas (WKEF/WRGT) -- The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is splitting families apart, and generating shocking video from Texas. One woman, who grew up in the Miami Valley is separated from her family, and trying desperately to see them again.

“Houses going underwater, people stranded. It's horrible. I'm helpless,” Ann Marie Medina said.

She grew up in Franklin, Ohio, but lives in 45-minutes from Houston. She is a mother of five and a grandmother to eleven. Medina fled her Alvin, Texas home two days before the brunt of Harvey struck. She said she would be stuck there now if she didn’t leave. She tried to go back for them, but the roads were blocked. All she can do now is see their pictures.

“They don't have clothes to put on their backs, they don't have diapers to put on their children,” Medina said.

Her friend Marco Renteria owns a boxing gym in Houston. Medina showed FOX45 video of him wading through shoulder deep water. Renteria pulled an old boat from his garage, and is using it to save others. He was at a loss of words when he learned two of the girls in his boat were only 6 and 8-years-old. The group pulling the boat was nearly hit by an airboat full of people driving by.

All Medina can do is watch these videos, and see her family’s pictures, as she waits for her chance to see them again.

“I don’t even know which way to go from here. I don't know, honestly, I don't know,” Medina said.

Two of Medina's children, and their kids, are staying with family whose home is still safe. Another child is staying with their in-laws as they wait for the situation to slow down.

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