It’s been a few weeks since the earthquake, and residents have been scrambling to find new homes.
Some are trying to get the rest of the family out of the area, others are living in their homes, and some are just staying put in the apartment.
But not everyone is happy about being stuck in the quake-ravaged area.
“I’m still feeling it, but I’m not really worried about it, I just don’t think about it,” said Jodi Miller, a mother of two who is staying with her husband and a brother-in-law.
“We’re in shock, and I’m worried about the neighbors who are still out there and that’s kind of the main thing I’m worrying about.”
The city of Houston is planning to make a few changes to the evacuation order, including allowing residents to stay in their apartments until they can find somewhere to live in their new town.
They’re hoping to have them ready to go by early next week.
But residents are still having to contend with the fear that it’s not going to work out.
“I think it’s the fear of the unknown that’s keeping people here,” said David Lyle, an assistant professor of sociology at Rice University who has studied the evacuation orders in Haiti.
“It’s like you know, we’re not certain if we’ll be able, or if we will be able at all, to evacuate to another city.”
The order has made some residents feel they can’t just get out and move away.
A number of residents have moved to different parts of Houston, including a part of town where a large section of the historic district is now off limits to anyone without a permit.
Many have also moved to a new community, such as the West Houston area, which has a mix of new residents and old.
Lyle said the evacuation restrictions can be a burden, but that some residents are willing to move if they feel the city is going to try to remove them.
The restrictions have forced some people to relocate to their homes.
For example, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that a woman who had been living in her apartment for a year was staying in a trailer park near the Houston Ship Channel.
“She told us she has been a resident of Houston for over 30 years,” said deputy Jeff DeRosa, who oversees the Harris county Sheriff’s office.
Some residents, however, are not willing to go back to the earthquake-ravaled neighborhood.
“When you’re in the middle of a crisis, you feel you have to get away,” said Miller, who has been in the Houston area for eight years.
“And so it makes you feel like you’re stuck in a situation that you don’t want to be in.”
The earthquake, which happened on Sept. 11, 2010, also left a huge hole in the city.
As of Wednesday, it was still the most deadly natural disaster in Texas history, killing at least 5,300 people.
The city has seen an increase in violent crime over the years, as well as the increased use of illegal drugs and other crimes.