I truly never believed this could happen to our city!
I’ve been through Hurricanes Alicia, Allison and Ike. I thought I knew what to expect. I’ve been through hurricanes with the wind howling and the rain pouring down. I’ve stayed in my home and watched the pine trees bend down and almost touch the ground. I’ve been through storms where we’ve lost power and were lighting candles and lanterns to see in the dark.
This storm was different. It was sneaky. Just a bit of rain. No howling wind. No bending pines. Over time the rains began to come down harder. Pounding. Constant.
Over the past few days, our neighborhoods have become a collection of islands. The news reports 95% of our roads have high water or are impassable. However, through all the rain, many of us have never lost power. We’ve watched the news to see what’s happening across the city. We see the people standing on rooftops. We watch the helicopter rescues. We text our family and friends “Are you okay?” We pray. And so many citizens have come out to assist those in need.
Even in their own distress, so many people have turned to help their neighbor. I’ve known people who offer their warm, dry homes to strangers that were left at a holding station in the rain. I’ve watched people that were evacuated return to be sure their neighbors were out and safe. I’ve seen others come volunteer in the shelters or bring whatever supplies they can offer, anything they can do to offer assistance.
I am so proud of our city officials and first responders. I am so amazed by the entire Houston community! People helping people. People leaving their own comfort behind to assist those that are in trouble. There are so many volunteers coming from smaller communities outside of Houston bringing their boats to assist in the evacuations. The Cajun Navy is coming from Louisiana to assist. Volunteers are on their way from Lubbock bringing food, bottled water and supplies. Volunteers from Oklahoma. Thoughts and prayers from all over the country.
As I watch the people of Houston being rescued, they are smiling and their hearts are filled with gratitude. Houston you are truly setting an example for the rest of the country. You are showing the world not only how to handle a catastrophe, but also the way to live each day, hand in hand, helping each other, hearts filled with love for one another.
In every cloud there is a silver lining. Our silver lining is the compassion that is being shown for the well being of our fellow citizens.
If your looking for a way to help and show your support in the wake of Hurricane Harvey:
Feeding Texas – coordinates with the state and other providers for quick relief to those in need
Food Bank of Corpus Christi – click on the link donate
Houston Food Bank – they are currently closed due to flood waters and will reopen as soon as possible, they do have a link where you can click to donate