As all of you know, the metro Houston area and a large chunk of East Texas is in very bad shape after being laid low by Hurricane Harvey. This storm has poured a truly biblical amount of rain on east Texas and — incredibly, now three days down the road — more rain is on the way.
This is the worst damage to a major U.S. city since Katrina walloped New Orleans exactly 12 years ago today. I’m sure I’m not the only American having “Katrina flashbacks” today; it all seems a bit surreal.
The irony in this situation is that many who fled Katrina went to the Houston area. So quite a few folks are really in “full flashback mode” as I write this; I have no idea how many, but Houston did receive a lot of “weather refugees” after Katrina barreled through.
It’s natural to wonder how you might be able to help people who go through disasters like Harvey. If you’d like to be of assistance to the victims of Nature’s fury this time, just follow this link.
I have many family members in the East Texas Region. I’m happy to say that they’re all a bit further inland where it’s merely high water and localized flooding, but not the displacement of thousands like the citizens of Houston have seen. But it’s one reason why I’ve kept an eye on what’s going on out there. And it’s a big deal for the country in general; Houston is the fourth-largest city in the U.S., after all.
Hope you’re high and dry as I write this. Check in with you later.
“Bulldog Ben” Basile
© 2017 Ben Lawrence Basile
Photo of Hurricane Katrina from NOAA now in the Public Domain