Harvey in Photos–Devastation and the Strength of the Human Spirit
Michael Boyd passes his son, Skylar, over to a rescue worker as they are evacuated on an airboat from their apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas on Aug. 30, 2017. It was Skylar's first birthday. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
September 1, 2017By 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.
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.
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.