Texas residents wait Harvey out in Kechi

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KECHI, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Houston-area native is still waiting to go home, after Harvey prolonged her trip to Wichita. Now she's forced to watch the storm hit her state from hundreds of miles away.

"My daughter and granddaughter texted me. And said to me on Facebook, that they're fine," said Jann Scott. 

She left for Wichita to visit a friend last week before the storm made landfall. That friend is from the storm zone herself and has had guests longer than expected due to Harvey.

"The hard part is yet to come. It's gonna take a long time to recoup," said Sharon Hanson, Kechi resident. 

But that recovery will likely take a long time. Even after the rain stopped, the flood waters continued to rise.

"I did not know it was going to be this bad, it's never been this bad before in my lifetime," Scott said. ""If there was anyway I could change my plans from coming here, with my family being in the storm, I wouldn't have come to Kansas."

She and another companion had planned to fly back last weekend. But airports were quickly overcome by flood water and high winds, most of them shut down operations.

So, her vacation to Kansas has been prolonged. She's been spending time seeing attractions in Wichita, but also contacting loved ones. Her house didn't flood and her family members are safe. Some of her friends did lose homes, however, and she wishes she was closer to help in any way she could.

"I'm thinking about home," Scott said. "Just trying to get home."

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