Judge Jeanine Pirro returned from a short summer break to offer her own heartfelt story of hurricane survival.
While brave first responders are still grappling with the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey, Fox News’ Judge Jeanine recalled the devastating 1972 Hurricane Agnes, which condemned her childhood home. She recalled being forced out of her house due to rising flood waters, and needing to rely on the kindness of strangers to pull through the wreckage.
It’s a heart-wrenching video. “As I watch Harvey wreck havoc it all comes back,” Pirro sighed. “Texans are like my Mom and Dad. Their initiative, determination, and sheer fearlessness are getting them through this. First responders, law enforcements, neighbors, strangers – Americans helping each other.”
Hurricane Agnes was a 1972 storm that made landfall in Florida. At the time, it was the costliest hurricane in American history. Hurricane Agnes ripped through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and New York — before diverting Northwest over the Atlantic Ocean.
Pirro recalled being woken up in the middle of the night to the sounds of rushing water. Her family was forced to flee their home, and to take cover in a local school situated on high ground.
After some time, as flood waters continued to rise, Pirro and her family were forced to flee the school, and to take refuge with a nearby neighbor living above the flood.
After the storm subsided, the Pirro family returned to a home destroyed by flooding. Water rose to the second floor, and every inch of the house was coated in the smelly aftermath of the storm.
The Army Corps of Engineers had to condemn Pirro’s home. Now, watching the people of Texas come together and rebuild, Pirro is reminded of how her family rebounded from Hurricane Agnes, and how they rebuilt their lives from the ground up with the help of their community.
Despite the deep sense of division permeating our nation, the vast majority of Americans have come together in an attempt to heal over Hurricane Harvey. Labels such as Democrat and Republican fall to the wayside in a time of crisis. We all come together as Americans.
Pirro went on to praise President Trump’s reaction to Hurricane Harvey. She expressed deep gratitude that President Trump was able to visit Texas (twice) within the first week of the recovery effort. Vice President Mike Pence also spent a few days contributing to the relief efforts in Texas.
Pirro compared President Trump to former President George W. Bush, who received widespread condemnation for his slow reaction to Hurricane Katrina. “Compare that to President Bush, during Katrina, who took two weeks to even show up, claiming the head of FEMA was doing a ‘heck of a job,’ as bodies and coffins continued to surface. Clueless.”
During a press conference, President Trump expressed that he is taking Hurricane Harvey relief incredibly seriously. “We want to do it better than ever before,” President Trump said about the recovery efforts. “We want to be looked at in five years, ten years from now as: This is the way to do it.”