Harvey in Photos–Devastation and the Strength of the Human Spirit

By Melanie Sun

 

Photos coming from the expansive area affected by former Hurricane Harvey reveal the devastation and suffering but also the strength of the human spirit in the disaster’s wake.

Property in Rosharon, Texas, before and after Harvey flooding. (Google Street View/Charlie Zhang)
Property in Rosharon, Texas, before and after Harvey flooding. (Google Street View/Charlie Zhang)
Before and after Harvey at Telephone Rd, Houston. (Google Street View/THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images)
Before and after Hurricane Harvey at Telephone Rd, Houston. (Google Street View/THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images)

Hurricane Harvey and the ensuing floods left an area 15 times the size of Manhattan underwater, reported the Houston Chronicle.

Almost one third of Harris County, which includes Houston, is flooded after a record-breaking 51.88 inches of rainfall—the most from any storm on the continental United States.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than 1.7 million Texans are estimated to have been displaced by the disaster, reported Reuters.

Larry Koser Jr., calls his wife looking for important papers and heirlooms inside his father
Larry Koser Jr., calls his wife looking for important papers and heirlooms inside his father’s house after it was flooded by heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey August 29, 2017 in the Bear Creek neighborhood of west Houston, Texas. The neighborhood flooded after water was released from nearby Addicks Reservoir. (Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
Residents wait for rescue at an apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Residents wait for rescue at an apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
(Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Rescue workers and volunteers help residents make their way out of a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water following Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Rescue workers and volunteers help residents make their way out of a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water following Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Barb Davis, 74. is helped to dry land after being rescued from her flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water, remnants of Hurricane Harvey, on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Downgraded to a tropical depression, Harvey is tracking northwest towards Mississippi after dumping huge amounts of rain on southwest Louisiana, causing more flooding. Bayou Conway, Louisiana, received 22.25 inches of rain—much more than the 10 inches predicted.

Harvey is anticipated to dissipate by Saturday afternoon. Before then, areas in northern Mississippi, western Tennessee, northwest Georgia, and North Alabama remain at risk of heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

As Harvey dies down, millions have been left in its wake looking for shelter, food, and water. It may take days for the floodwaters to recede, and months before local residents are able to get back to some more normalcy in daily life.

Volunteers organize donated emergency supplies at the temporary shelter at the Lakewood Church August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Thousands of Houston area residents are currently residing in shelters due to flooding caused by the impact of Hurricane Harvey. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Volunteers organize donated emergency supplies at the temporary shelter at the Lakewood Church August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Thousands of Houston area residents are currently residing in shelters due to flooding caused by the impact of Hurricane Harvey. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

For those wanting to help families affected by Harvey, donate through a trusted organization.

 
 
 
 
 
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