Fort Stockton helps out Harvey’s refugees


Aleksi Rapkin drove into Fort Stockton Thursday night to flee from the wrath of Hurricane Harvey. 

Rapkin is a resident of the Big Sky ski resort in Montana, but was visiting South Padre Island when the raging storms slammed the coast.

“I’ve been in South Padre for a couple of months now. I like to sky board, and they say that’s the best place for sky boarding,” began Rapkin, who was seated at the new Flying G Bakery on Dickinson.

After finishing her raspberry kolache, she continued, “It was getting pretty bad down there, so I was Googling places that were in good radius from the eye of the hurricane. Fort Stockton seemed ideal, and the weather looks good enough to stay here.”

With a cup of coffee in hand, Rapkin recapped her first-time visit to Fort Stockton, saying, “Well, I just got to town last night, so I haven’t seen much. When I arrived, my check-engine light went on, so that really freaked me out. I took my van over to that Ram dealership this morning, and they were very helpful. They checked on my van for no charge.”

The newcomer described herself as a coffee fiend, and noted that she made coffee in her van before getting a cup at the Flying G Bakery.

“I just happened to stumble upon this Flying G place, and I was surprised to see that they serve nitro brew coffee in here. The kolaches are good,” said Rapkin of the local bakery.

After overhearing that Rapkin got a taste of Hurricane Harvey, the store manager of the Flying G Bakery and RV Park, Gary Stevenson, offered her a courtesy RV spot to plug into for the day.

The Flying G Bakery staff also mentioned that another couple had stopped in Friday morning to avoid the catastrophic storms and flooding of Hurricane Harvey.