The whole southern US state of Texas is recovering from the biggest natural catastrophe to ever happen to it in a period of 12 years; Hurricane Harvey. Kicking off on August 25, 2017, 51 fatalities have been reported and over 300,000 people were left without electricity. It also caused literally billions of dollars in damage; the chaos it caused is expected to cost the government between $70 and $190 billion.
Still, these photos captured during the hurricane’s advent and peak make us regain our faith in humanity.
1. How to rescue a grandma properly
After this grandma got her home flooded by the water, she was rescued by a man on a jet ski.
Source: Imgur | kuramarjeet21
2. U.S. Coast Guard flies over Houston
The eye in the sky to check any casualties. This photo also really shows the extent of the floods.
Source: Imgur | popdivtweet
3. Pet rescue team jumping into action
The animals are just as important as the humans that live with them.
Source: Imgur | JosiahMeharg
4. FEMA and military response teams on their way to Houston
Source: Reddit | justanotherfister
5. Rescuing a deer
The floodwaters also extended to forests, but this deer managed to get rescued.
Source: Imgur | WhiteScienceMan
6. Proud parent “shows off” their first responder
A proud parent shared this photo on Reddit, captioning it with, “This is my son and his fiancée. He’s a first responder in Houston. He’s working really hard so I thought I would show him off.”
Source: Reddit | cinnamongreen
7. Even normal citizens are ready to jump to the rescue
Not all heroes wear capes.
Source: Imgur | KingHenryXIV
8. A rare animal was rescued
For those that don’t know, this is an armadillo.
9. The sun coming out
After Harvey finished its assault, it was a relief to see the sun coming out again.
Source: Imgur | JohnYChen
10. Even Budweiser knew the situation was serious
So they responded with fresh Budweiser… drinking water in a can.
Source: Imgur | BitterPagan
11. Puppers high and dry, safe and sound
Source: Imgur | Blampfs
12. Just looking on
Source: Imgur | PissyChrissy81
13. Businesses opened up and the owners opened up their hearts
Many businesses in the Houston area invited all people affected for food and shelter.
Source: Twitter | @MattressMack
14. Members of the U.S. SOCOM arrive beside a flooded expressway in Zodiac rafts in support of relief efforts.
Source: Twitter | @USSOCOM
15. Despite the ravenous hurricane, this is still Texas
So a good barbecue had to be found somewhere…
Source: Reddit | xlirish
16. This dog decided to rescue himself
He took his food and hit the road.