Isaac brings back terrifying memories for Ike survivors


by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 29 at 7:05 PM

BOLIVAR PENINSULA, Texas—Many people on Bolivar Peninsula were parked in front of their televisions as Isaac rolled ashore, stirring up memories of Hurricane Ike.

Not Carole Hamadey. She’s avoiding coverage of the storm.

"I don’t want to expose myself to that. It just reopens a lot of wounds for me," she said.

Hamadey thought she was going to die during Hurricane Ike four years ago.

The 65-year-old was forced to ride out the storm after a visitor refused to leave her bed and breakfast.

Hamadey said it looked like a tsunami as the storm surge sent Gulf waters 14 feet over her balcony and into her home. A helicopter had to rescue Hamadey and her guest.

"By the grace of God I survived it," she said.

Now she refuses to get worked up over storms in the Gulf.

"Why get yourself all stressed out? I just chose not to expose myself to that again," Hamadey said.

For her, it’s all part of living in a little piece of paradise.