During an interview with CNN, a Texas man impacted by Hurricane Harvey pleaded with reporters to treat the community as if it’s their own home.
“I didn’t care to be on TV, but I just want to tell all y’all reporters and the people here, when you’re here, act like this is y’all’s home,” Joe Kirchens, a Rockport resident, said. “You know, have the respect to report like this is y’all’s…you know, this place is gone so we need help.”
Kirchens explained that he didn’t have much time before the storm to evacuate and only had enough time to board up his home. Kirchens said his house survived the storm but is in a “disaster zone.”
“All I have to say is y’all guys treat this like this is y’all’s place cause I’ve seen the reporting in some of these places and some of the guys have the respect …just treat it like it’s y’all’s place,” Kirchens reiterated.