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Hurricane Harvey: A Texas Tragedy

Maverick Gurka, Writer

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Hurricane Harvey has proven itself by showing the world the pure destructiveness of extremely high flood waters. The entire Houston area has suffered greatly with some local readings of 49” of downfall during the event. However, Harvey united communities during times of tragedy, bringing many Houstonians together in an unprecedented way throughout our history as a metropolis.

Downtown, the suburbs, and rural communities in the path of Harvey gave an opportunity for people who remained safe to give their time, energy, and resources in rescuing and later, the current, recovery episode. Hundreds of citizens brought out their watercraft and lifted vehicles to rescue Houstonians from all over the area. Many felt caught off guard by Harvey’s power and torrential downpour that sustained for days on end.

The United States Coast Guard’s presence also benefited the Houston area greatly by assisting with rescues, resources, and reassurance. People rescued a total reported 72,000 people from the wrath of Harvey’s flood waters, but many believe ¼ or more of the rescues Texas citizens conducted,  lending a helping hand. Once again the people of Texas have shown their true spirit by actively extend their helping hand to their neighbors in need.

Videos have surfaced of ordinary citizens pioneering boats, jet skis, canoes, kayaks, air boats, helicopters, and modified vehicles in order to protect and preserve lives of fellow Texans.

The effort to rebuild started before Harvey had finished. Celebrities promoting their appeal, and people  grateful for not experiencing damage by the storm, donated money and essentials to the Houston area. The idea of people taking care of one another shines brightly through the dense clouds as former and current residents presented more than ten million dollars.

The Houston area had showed its willingness to not give up in a trying and desperate time.

A warm and hearty congratulations to the people who helped Houston!

 

 

 

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