Hurricane Harvey started hitting Texas back on Friday night in Rockport and Corpus Christi as a category 4 hurricane, something that hasn’t happened in the US in well over a decade. At first we all thought that Harvey had done the bulk of it’s damage as it came inland, but then it stalled. Just completely stopped moving. And then Houston, a metro area of nearly 7 million people, started flooding. There’s also no sign of it stopping any time soon. A recent report from Houston’s local NBC affiliate predicts that Harvey will soon fall back into the Gulf of Mexico, regain power up to a category 2 hurricane, then wreck havoc on Houston again all by Tuesday. The devastation is already at unprecedented levels, including nearly 30 inches of rainfall in 48 hours, and it doesn’t look to be stopping.
This is a reminder to all of us that we should take a step back and love and care for our neighbors. Life is short, and we spend a lot of it arguing, fighting, and hating each other over trivial things. We should all take a moment to reflect on how precious life is, and then ask what we can do to help our neighbors. The Houston Chronicle lays out ways we can all help in this time of need.
One thing I want to also mention is that Texans are a resilient bunch, and while we may hear stories of devastation I also want to take a moment and show some of the good regular citizens are doing in this time of need. Below are some twitter videos that reminded me how special we all are, and how just taking a moment to put others above ourselves can change the world. Stay strong, Houston. We’re all here with you.