ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - When Cynthia Slaughter looked out her window at 2 a.m. on September 11, 2017, she could not believe what she saw: water was covering her front porch in Orlando's Orlo Vista neighborhood.
Three hours later, the water was two feet deep, rushing in the house through every crack and the National Guard was coming to rescue Slaughter, her husband and adult son.
Slaughter says, "That morning I'm thinking this is Pine Hills Orlo Vista. This doesn't happen here. It was mind boggling."
The Slaughters are living in the sixth different hotel since the storm. FEMA paid for them all. The federal agency also declared their home unlivable. They're working their insurance company to get it repaired. But they don't know when that might happen.
But despite all the misery and inconvenience they've been through, Cynthia Slaughter says she will say many prayers of thanks this Thanksgiving over dinner at her daughter's house.
"I'm thankful that we're alive. I'm thankful that we didn't trip in the five feet of water. I'm thankful that my family is safe," Slaughter says.
Something she did not know for sure, that long frightening September morning when disaster came to her door.