USA Today CommunityTim Acosta, Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times
Published 12:03 a.m. ET Sept. 6, 2017
Residents of storm-ravaged Rockport, Texas have been choosing throughout the wreckage of houses and companies Saturday. The south Texas the town took the brunt of Hurricane Harvey’s wrath, destructive residential, industry and marina spaces. (Aug 26)
Arthur Adams, left, of Rockport, Texas, despatched his spouse, Christi Adams, and son to San Antonio to wait out Hurricane Harvey. He mentioned he would go away later however by no means made it out.(Photo: Courtesy of Christi Adams)
ROCKPORT, Texas — When Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 25, Christi Adams was once greater than 150 miles away in San Antonio along with her 13-year-old son, Nathan.
Her husband, Arthur Curtis Adams, 39, had stayed behind. He was once operating to board up properties within the space and was once hoping to depart sooner than the hurricane, a Category four storm with wind speeds of about 130 mph, made landfall.
When Christi Adams and the couple’s son left the day gone by to take refuge with circle of relatives, her husband allow them to know he was once hoping to borrow a truck to evacuate.
That didn’t occur.
“He said, ‘I’m going to be fine,’ ” Christi Adams mentioned.
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Shortly after Harvey made landfall, Aransas County officers mentioned they gained phrase of a construction on hearth alongside Farm-to-Market Road 3036. However, the damaging prerequisites made it inconceivable for emergency responders or firefighters to supply any roughly help.
They later introduced that an individual died within the blaze, which destroyed a trailer. It was once the first U.S. demise attributed to Hurricane Harvey.
“He’s conquered and gone through so much in his life. I pray that he’s at peace in paradise.”
Christi Adams, Rockport, Texas
County leaders have now not formally recognized the stays later became over to the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office. Investigators are having to depend on DNA checking out to supply a definitive id, a procedure this is nonetheless ongoing, officers have mentioned.
But Christi Adams showed her husband’s demise when a Corpus Christi Caller-Times reporter contacted her Tuesday.
“We just can’t believe he’s gone,” she mentioned. “It’s just a terrible tragedy.”
She and Arthur were in combination for just about 18 years, Christi Adams mentioned. The couple had a common-law marriage — nonetheless allowed in 8 states together with Texas — and Christi Adams went through her husband’s closing identify, although her felony closing identify is Rhodes.
They had deliberate to have a dedication rite on their 20th anniversary, she mentioned. He leaves behind his spouse and 5 kids.
After a compulsory evacuation was once issued Aug. 24 for Rockport, about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, and the encircling space, Arthur Adams advised his spouse and their son to head to San Antonio to stick with every other son, Josh Rhodes, and his circle of relatives. After studying that Arthur Adams was once not able to in finding transportation out of Rockport, Christi Adams mentioned the circle of relatives introduced to flip round to get him.
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He refused, bringing up the heavy visitors north from the coastal spaces, she mentioned.
“He didn’t want us to turn around,” she mentioned.
Christi Adams mentioned her husband advised her he deliberate to be up through five a.m. CT Aug. 25 to help board up home windows for 3 properties. He later mentioned he would journey the hurricane out on the couple’s trailer whilst additionally maintaining a tally of their assets.
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After Harvey made landfall, energy outages and heavy harm made outdoor touch by means of mobile phones tricky. She was once additionally not sure what her husband had in relation to provides, for the reason that maximum shops have been closed on account of the the hurricane and he were operating to help others.
“That breaks my heart,” she mentioned.
After information studies surfaced of anyone killed in a Rockport space hearth in a while after Harvey made landfall, Christi Adams mentioned she didn’t consider it may well be her husband.
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Josh Rhodes later drove from San Antonio to the trailer in Rockport and located it destroyed in a fireplace, she mentioned. Emergency crews already were on the web site and GOT rid of his father’s stays.
The circle of relatives has had issue coming to phrases with Arthur Adams’ demise, Christi Adams mentioned. Nearly 5 years in the past, he had an hypersensitivity to some drugs, was once in a coma for greater than per week and went via a long restoration.
“He’s conquered and gone through so much in his life,” she mentioned. “I pray that he’s at peace in paradise.”
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The circle of relatives has arrange a GoFundMe web page for funeral bills and to help Christi and Nathan Adams discover a new position to are living.
Christi Adams returned to the web site of the blaze previous this week and left a small pass close to the trailer’s charred stays. She additionally pulled some small pieces from the wreckage, together with a part of a espresso cup that belonged to her husband.
She mentioned she sought after folks to know that her husband was once anyone who all the time put his circle of relatives and others first, even up to the top.
“I would like people to know what a great man he was,” she mentioned. “He’s going to live in our hearts forever.”
Follow Tim Acosta on Twitter: @CallerAcosta
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