I’m sure many of you have seen the news of Hurricane Harvey hitting the Texas coast and the destruction that followed. As I write this we are into Day 2 of this catastrophe. I live in Cypress, a suburban neighborhood northwest of Houston, and we are very fortunate here. Although there has been what feels like an endless amount of rainfall and some flooding in the neighborhood, our street is draining and we are safe.
However, other Houston residents have not been so fortunate. In a metropolitan area of six million plus residents, the city is at a stand still. Businesses are closed. The buses aren’t running. Schools are cancelled until after Labor Day. Our church even cancelled services this morning because city officials have asked for everyone to just stay home! And the worst is that many people are stranded in their homes and neighborhoods and can’t get out! They are frightened which is understandable. The streets are flooded and impassable. The rainfall is hard and constant. It is as if bucket fulls of water are being continuously poured on this city. Yes, we get little breaks in the rain, but it is not a long enough time for the streets to drain before they start filling up again.
The miracle in all this is how the city residents are coming together. People helping people. Not just first responders and rescue teams. People that own boats are out there offering to assist those in need. There are no haters. Just good people coming together to help in anyway they can.
Some have criticized the news media for their hype. However, I applaud the news media and our city officials. How do you plan to keep an area of six million plus people safe from wide spread unprecedented flooding? They asked people to stay home. They warned people repeatedly of the dangers of driving into flood waters. You get the word out about the possible dangers and worst case scenarios. Many people are new to our city and have no idea what a hurricane and Houston streets can be like.
There has been loss of life and I fear for what will be discovered as the days go on….and yet the rain continues.
How you can help Hurricane Harvey Victims
American Red Cross – call 1-800-red cross or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a donation
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services – call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to help
Catholic Charities USA – they have set up a website devoted to Harvey relief
Austin Pets Alive!– they have created a page on their website specific to Hurricane Harvey needs
**sources via abcnews.go.com