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Hurricane truckers roll through Tucson's Triple-T

Location on I-10 shoots straight to Houston
Posted at 7:14 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 22:14:16-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - With the water dropping, truckers are driving I-10 to and from Houston.  A lot of them are passing through Tucson's Triple-T Truck Stop.

The Triple T Truck Stop is right on I-10, a straight shot due east, deep into the heart of the worst that Harvey has done.  And the truckers there, have some real stories to tell.

Curtiss Johnson has seen a lot in more than 40 years as a trucker but what happened in Harvey is something else.

His phone holds pictures of his neighborhood. “You see that's over four feet of water.  That was right at five and a half, six feet of water.”

He lives in Houston. High water trapped him in his house and made him four days late for his usual run to California.

"I left my wife behind but thank God that we are on high ground."

He says in his community alone, ten thousand people evacuated

"But about five thousand are missing. They don't know where they are.  So we don't know if they got out before the storm and went with relatives somewhere else or they're trapped."

Curtiss Johnson just had to get back to work. Now his life on the road will keep him away from home for about two weeks.  

At Beuford's Barber Shop in the Triple-T, Grace Smith is giving worried truckers haircuts and sympathy.

"And you tell them, 'We'll keep you in our prayers and if you need anything let us know.  And like the hug, they all want hugs and prayers, and so that's what we're doing for them."

When we met Kenton Brent he was about to haul a load of food to a town just barely west of Houston.

He says, “It's very scary because you never know what's going to happen.  You know what I mean?  I have friends out there in Houston that live in a three story apartment building and the water's still up to the second story. It's really scary but through the grace of God I'll make it."