A Houston father is finally on his way home after facing a series of travel setbacks in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, our affiliate WACH reports.
He may appear to be safe from the ruins of Harvey but it's been a long few days for Greg Lyons in his trip home to Texas.
It started at Newark Airport in New Jersey last weekend when his flight to Houston was canceled due to the storm. So Lyons and his son rebooked a flight to New Orleans and found out they weren't able to get any closer to their suburban home in Houston.
"The hurricane didn't come to New Orleans but it did come through I-10 which is the main way back to Houston so we were unable to drive even if we wanted to drive," he said.
Lyons arrived in Columbia on Tuesday for business and said he's hopeful he can get back to his wife and daughter who have been home in Texas dealing with Harvey's aftermath.
"Thursday through Sunday morning, it was nonstop on the phone with them. All through the night, you know FaceTiming, checking the water levels outside. Letting them show me to make me feel comfortable knowing that they were comfortable. It was hard because you feel helpless. You want to be there but you can't get there," Lyons said.
The Lyons family lives less than a mile from the Brazos River, which officials are currently monitoring in case it overflows.
"We're still not all the way out of the woods, but I am glad, happy and blessed that my family was safe and dry," Lyons said.
Greg Lyons is originally from New Orleans and can remember having family stay with him in Texas for months following Hurricane Katrina.
Lyons said he can't believe that the same thing is happening to him in his new home state, but asked that anyone willing and able to lend this community a helping hand during this tough time do so.
Natalie Parsons with our affiliate WACH provided this report.