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Published: Friday, September 01, 2017 @ 4:45 PM
News Center 7 reporter Gabrielle Enright and photographer Chuck Hamlin witnessed firsthand the worst of Mother Nature and the best of the human spirit as they reported about Hurricane Harvey in Texas the last week.
Enright and Hamilin traveled with Ohio Task Force 1 on previous hurricane deployments — Irene, Gustav, Ike and Matthew — but headed last week to Houston with the Kettering-based rescue team for the biggest storm of their careers.
Here are accounts of their experiences in Houston and Katy, Texas.
I just couldn’t believe how much water there was. I’d never seen anything like it.
The rain never stopped. Things that looked like they were fine, 10 minutes later they weren’t. Buildings turned into islands.
Ohio Task Force 1 at one point wanted to move us because the water just kept rising. So it was a dangerous situation. It was a very fluid situation. Everything just kept changing. It was interesting and, in some cases, a little frightening.
I never felt in danger because I was with a highly-skilled, trained team. If you’re going to be stuck at a disaster, they are the best people to be with.
Being able to use Twitter and Facebook really changed how I could tell the story. I was able to give people real-time updates, interact with people, and give them things as they were happening instead of hours later. The technology between then and now – the ability to give them real-time information as it’s happening – is incredible.
What made this hurricane different was the spirit of the people in Texas.
I walked into neighborhoods and I would get out of the news van, and people I didn’t know would come up and hug me and just welcome me into their neighborhood. There was not one negative thing that was said, even from people that had lost their home. They were so optimistic, so friendly. They wanted to help us, and we didn’t need anything. We wanted to help them.
It was the most incredible example of human spirit that I’ve ever seen.
Lighting is important, sound’s important, but taking you there almost as if you’re in my shoes is the important thing. If we had water on the lens … it was kind of acceptable because it was everywhere.
We had 72 hours of nonstop rain. That was something that was a constant challenge.
We were putting cell phones in Zip-Lock baggies in order to keep the moisture away from them. If you lose that technology, you’re out there doing nothing.
I think the whole thing Gabby and I’ve learned by doing so many of these trips is by trial and error – like we always make sure we have hair dryers with us. It’s basically to keep the equipment in working condition if we get it wet.
Everything is just a logistical nightmare from being able to get fuel, to being able to make sure that the truck has the ability to perform. We are driving through water conditions. We are not doing this by ourselves, we are doing this in a convoy with the task force.
It’s kind of daunting driving through some of these roads in this caravan to get to a location you want to be.
The first day we were there, the rains were coming down so heavily the task force came out and said, ‘Listen, it’s not safe for you to come out with us with your vehicle.’ Gabby and I decided we were going to stay behind and do live broadcasts.
The next day they offered, ‘If you want to come out with us you can.’ That’s the day we left our satellite truck back at the base of operations, and we rode with them to Houston. We left about 9:30 that morning and we didn’t know exactly what time we were going to get back.
That particular day we … were gone more than 12 hours. At a certain time, we realized we were going to miss our television deadline. We started shooting more on a cell phone . And we had two stories that Gabby had actually edited in her phone and sent through wifi for the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts because we were actually away from the truck.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:50 AM
— The first part of your Sunday should be dry, but there is a slight chance for an isolated shower, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. The better chances for more showers and storms returns for the second half of the day. Some of the storms towards evening could be strong to severe with the biggest concerns being strong winds and some hail. Highs today will be in the lower 80s.
Monday: More showers and a few storms are likely to start the work-week. Highs will be in the upper 70s.
Tuesday: A few lingering showers, maybe a few storms are likely for the first part of your day. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Wednesday: It looks like we finally dry things out on Wednesday under partly cloudy skies. Highs again will be in the lower 80s.
Thursday: A little bit more sunshine returns for your day with highs in the lower 80s.
Published: Sunday, May 06, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:25 AM
LORAMIE TWP. — UPDATE @ 4:25 a.m. (May 20):
Michelle S. McNamara, 28, was listed in serious condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being ejected from a motorcycle in Loramie Twp. May 6.
The driver of the motorcycle, Stephen J. Vennemeyer, 52, was no longer listed as a patient at Wilson Memorial Hospital. His condition was not known.
Shelby County deputies and the Russia Fire Department responded to a single-vehicle motorcycle crash at the intersection of Russia Houston Road and Russia Rd. early Sunday morning.
Stephen J. Vennemeyer, 52, and Michelle S. McNamara, 28, were ejected from a black 2016 Kawasaki motorcycle traveling eastbound in the 1000 block of Russia Houston around 12:18 a.m.
Vennemeyer over corrected when traveling off the right side of the roadway and then crashed.
McNamara was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital and is in critical condition.
Vennemeyer was transported by rescue squad to Wilson Memorial Hospital
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 2:32 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:00 AM
VANDALIA — UPDATE @ 4 a.m.:
An abandoned vehicle found fully engulfed in a gravel lot near the Great Miami River Recreational Trail is under investigation, according to Lt. Nick Carpenter of Bethel Twp. Fire Department.
A call from a passerby came in around 2:10 a.m. that a Hyundai Veloster was on fire at Old Springfield Road at Old Canal Road.
Bethel Twp. fire along with Vandalia fire and Metro Park Police handled the incident.
Flames were able to be extinguished quickly and the vehicle was towed, according to Carpenter.
Emergency crews are responding to a report of a vehicle fire in Vandalia Sunday morning.
Initial reports state the vehicle is fully engulfed at Old Springfield Road and Old Canal Road.
Published: Monday, May 14, 2018 @ 8:49 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 1:51 AM
VIRGINIA — The United States Air Force Thunderbirds are returning to air show performances for the first time since a deadly crash in April.
The Thunderbirds announced over social media of their upcoming performances May 18-20 at AirPower over Hampton Roads at Join Base Langley Eustis in Virginia.
This will be the first public performance since Maj. Stephen Del Bagno’s death April 4.
Del Bagno flew Thunderbirds No. 4 jet in the six-aircraft jet team.