When labor pains coincided with their house flooding, one LDS family turned to the Lord to help them through Hurricane Harvey and the birth of the newest member of their family.“When we saw the water coming in it was a shock, so we said a quick prayer,” said Dru Wheeler.
Welcome Noah Harvey Wheeler — one of flood-weary Beaumont’s newest Mormons. And if the newborn baby could only talk, he’d have a heck of a birthday story to tell.
Beaumont has endured an awful week. Tropical Storm Harvey dumped several feet of rain in the region, leaving sections of this southeast Texas community both inundated and isolated. As of Tuesday, clean water service had not been entirely restored here.
But Kallen and Dru Wheeler’s expectant baby boy wasn’t interested in waiting out the rains. Dru went into labor last Tuesday morning even as the storm was raging across Beaumont.
Labor pains are stressful for families under the best of circumstances. But Dru’s contractions began “even as the flood waters in our home were just starting to rise,” said Kallen, the elder’s quorum president in the Beaumont 1st Ward, Beaumont Texas Stake.