Valley families worry about loved ones hit by Hurricane Harvey

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Lisa Moran lives in Chandler but her father and step-mom live in the Houston area and have been heavily impacted by flooding. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Lisa Moran lives in Chandler but her father and step-mom live in the Houston area and have been heavily impacted by flooding. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Moran has done her best trying to keep in touch with family members, but it's not easy, especially with her mom home alone without any power. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Moran has done her best trying to keep in touch with family members, but it's not easy, especially with her mom home alone without any power. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
She has a video of her father's neighborhood in Houston, which has been flooded out from the heavy rain. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) She has a video of her father's neighborhood in Houston, which has been flooded out from the heavy rain. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Hundreds of Arizona families are doing their best to stay in touch with loved ones, coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Chandler mom Lisa Moran has a video of her father's neighborhood in Houston, which has been flooded out from the heavy rain.

"I am so grateful that my dad left when he did," said Moran. "My dad and step-mom left because they would be on the roof."

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Moran grew up in Houston and can't believe the images she's seeing, showing communities washed out, families rescued and homes under water.

Moran has done her best trying to keep in touch with family members, but it's not easy, especially with her mom home alone without any power.

"She's very nervous," said Moran. "I don't know if she's as concerned about the flooding because she can go to the second floor, but she's trapped. They're all trapped. The roads are impassable and with the release of the reservoirs, it's only going to get worse."

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According to Moran, the toughest part of all this is living a thousand miles away and knowing there's not much she can do.

Chris Rodriguez of Gilbert is going through the same thing with his mom and dad riding out the storm in a Houston suburb.

"For me, being so far away, it weighs on your mind all day," said Rodriguez. "You don't know where the water level is, don't know how much it rained, and - how much damage has occurred."

"It's just heartbreaking," said Moran.

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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