By now, many people have seen photos or heard celebrities ask for donations to help in the relief efforts that are going on in Houston. The tropical storm known as Hurricane Harvey ripped through Houston and affected several other states. More than 39 inches of rain fell on southeast Texas from Thursday evening to Monday morning.
The town of Dayton was one of the towns that was hit the hardest.
Over 9 days of extremely heavy rainfall resulted in flooding in parts all over Texas.
The National Hurricane Center estimates that there could be a total of 50 inches of rainwater that will fall near or over Texas.
Usually, Texas experiences 50 inches of rainfall in one year but parts of Texas could experience that much in just a week’s time. Harvey is said to have traveled approximately 3,100 miles moving from east of Barbados all the way to the Texas coast.
The Category 4 hurricane was measured near the Rockport, Texas airport as producing winds that were as fast as 130 miles per hour!
Hurricane Harvey is the third Category 4 hurricane to have ever made landfall on the Texas Coastal Bend region. Hurricane Carla was the other one and that was back in September of 1961.
It took approximately 56 hours for Harvey to evolve from a tropical depression into a Category 4 hurricane just two days before touching down.
Harvey decimated downtown Houston and it created historic flooding. Some parts of Texas have been so devastated that families still have not been able to return home.
Streets and some parts of the town are still inaccessible and videos from social media show helicopters circling around severely flooded areas attempting to evacuate people or to provide aid.
Some residents remain stranded and long lines have formed at several volunteer centers with many local people wanting to do their part in helping rebuild their state.
Members from different departments such as the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Florida Fish, and Wildlife Conservation Commission as well as the Louisiana National Guard have worked together to help rescue people.
Shelters all over Houston have been housing evacuees and some shelters such as the George R. Brown Convention Center houses as many as 10,000 people.
Volunteer rescue workers along with the Coast Guard continue to look for people who are trapped in their flooded homes.
Images such as these truly showcase the devastation that was left behind by Harvey. This car is completely submerged and it will take weeks before the city of Houston is fully restored.