Catastrophic flooding is hitting Houston as tropical storm Harvey continues to take over land. More than 50 inches of rain flooded Houston over four days, turning the country’s fourth-largest city into a sea of muddy water. 54 counties in Texas had been declared state disaster areas by the governor, Greg Abbott.
The storm was a Category 1 by late Saturday morning, packing winds of 75 mph before Harvey stalled during the afternoon.
Heartwarming stories have spread since the hurricane stalled
People refused to leave their pets behind
The Texans who refused to leave their pets behind as they fled #HurricaneHarvey
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On the other hand, pets were heroes as well during the affliction
Otis, a German shepherd mix, got loose Friday night from a screened-in back porch in Sinton, Texas, while in the care of Salvador Segovia, 65. Segovia was watching the dog, who belongs to his 5-year-old grandson Carter who had fled the city due to flooding.
When Segovia went to check in on the dog Friday night, he was gone. Little did she know their dog became a symbol of Texas’ strength after its photo went viral. The dog was seen carrying a bag of food during the hurricane.
Other emotional scenes broke off and touched our hearts
Aric Harding had posted a video on his Instagram account playing piano in his water-logged house. He had returned home to bring his kids, who were sheltering nearby, their favorite stuffed animals and toys to soothe them. His son asked him to check on their piano and so he did. “I decided to take a moment and play and take it all in,” he said. He captioned the video with a message reflecting his thoughts on the damage the hurricane has brought on his city.
I went back to our street today because as you guys have probably seen the water has come back with a vengeance. I hope this was its high point. I grabbed the kids' favorite stuffed animals that we had left behind and a couple of games to keep the kids occupied. I think it's all finally sinking in a little. What we used to have going as a city is gone. I really think God is going to do something completely new here. I am excited to see the new beauty in the suffering. Our pastor @bruce_wesley reminded us of that truth from Romans 8 this morning on his Facebook Live broadcast. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:18-28 ESV
Meanwhile, Coldplay had to cancel their concert in Houston on Friday for the sake of people’s safety but they performed a song called “Houston” in their concert in Miami on Monday.
“This is because we all grew up loving country music, and of course that’s kind of what we think of when we go to Texas,” frontman Chris Martin told the Miami crowd, according to video footage of the concert. “So, if you’ll bear with us, this is a new song and we’ll never play this again. It’s a once-off and it’s called ‘Houston.’ We’re gonna sing it in Miami for everybody here, and then we’re gonna send it over there to everyone who missed the show [in Houston],” he said.
Moreover, many celebrities have been sending their love, prayers and donations to Houston.
Taylor doing her part to help those facing devastation due to Hurricane Harvey in her mothers name who is a graduate of U of H. pic.twitter.com/VOLsYumdDw
— Taylor Swift Updates (@TSwiftOnTour) September 2, 2017
Today I had the chance to do what I could to help some people in the Houston area. I couldn't believe the devastation. My heart broke for all the elderly who are immobile and the mothers trapped in their homes with young babies. But I was encouraged by the selflessness of so many Texans who came to help where they could. Definitely a day I'll never forget.
This is true tragedy. I'm in shock and heartbroken watching the news and seeing the place I was raised underwater. I can't imagine living in these conditions…losing the comforts of home, your belongings, or worst, family, in the blink of an eye. This could be you ? #Texas needs our help after Hurricane #Harvey. I donated today, please join me in donating as well @americanredcross @HoustonFoodBank. Every bit helps #HoustonStrong
News has learned that the Houston-native actress donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross and another $20,000 to the Houston Food Bank.
God Bless all the Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and prayers to my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. ?
— Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) August 26, 2017
Prayers up for Houston! Many fam and friends living there. Don’t really know what to say in times like these but hope we can help somehow!
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) August 28, 2017
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) August 28, 2017
— Randy Quaid (@RandyRRQuaid) August 27, 2017
Our prayers and condolences to all Houston citizens may this distress end soon.