She grew up in Hyrum and attended Mountain Crest High School and Utah State University and still has family here. But for about the last six years, Kayleen Barton has been living in the Houston area. Kayleen talked to Dave Denton on KOOL 103.9 about what she and her family have been going through with the devastation from Harvey.
“Thank goodness we are a little bit higher than Houston,” she told Denton. “We live about 45 minutes north which is about 150 feet in elevation higher than downtown, so we’ve been saved from a lot of the flooding that they’ve been experiencing.
“We still have received a lot of flooding and copious amounts of rain, upwards of…I think last time we checked we were at 15 to 16 inches of rain in the location that we’re at.”
Barton continued, “but being a little bit higher in elevation has really helped us. We’re doing well, we still have electricity. It’s just been a chaotic few days of rain and wind and tornado warnings. It’s been crazy. This storm has packed quite the punch, but we’re doing well.”
Radio fans may remember Barton from her time as a mid-day personality on KIX 96 a few years back and she previously worked with Denton in radio. She says this is her first hurricane experience.
“A couple tropical depressions and I think, one tropical storm. You have to think when in Cache Valley, when we have a bad rain storm or thunderstorm it’s bad. But you can’t imagine the amount of rain and the moisture that comes down in these types of storms. And then you add the wind and then the tornado warnings and different things that come with a hurricane and it’s just really crazy.”
Barton said the power of this storm is just incredible.