The rescue efforts in Texas amid Tropical Storm Harvey have only just begun. FEMA estimates it may be assisting Texas for years to come, and as rainwater floods towns along the eastern Gulf Coast into Louisiana and the death toll rises, a semblance of hope is hard to find.
But the flooded plains of Houston, as well as the hurricane-torn areas of Corpus Christi, Rockport, and Galveston, Texas, are strong. Texas is strong, and between the live shots of assisted living patients being lifted into rescue boats and small animals shivering in the rain, symbolic messages and images of kindness and resilience have shown us that Texas, through the devastation, will prevail.
Here are the reminders that Harvey may have messed with Texas, but it will never break the spirit of its people…or pets.
1) The animal heroes
— Laura Huffman Powell (@LHuffmanPowell) August 26, 2017
WATCH: A man in Houston claims a hawk would not leave his taxi cab as Hurricane Harvey barreled toward Texas Friday morning. pic.twitter.com/j2nZbarkvZ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 26, 2017
2) The beer messenger
One friendly Galvestonian couldn’t help but offer Fox News reporter Casey Stegall a six pack of the island’s finest brew while the storm surged, the hurricane’s touchdown just hours away. Stegall himself called it a moment of levity during serious reporting.
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) August 25, 2017
3) Company angels
Countless companies and Houston stores have opened their doors to feed and shelter people displaced by the storm. Texas grocer HEB has deployed tens of disaster relief trucks with hot meals, showers, business centers, and more, to give affected Texans a semblance of normalcy in the mess.
— Brian Curtis (@BrianCurtisNBC5) August 28, 2017
Our Disaster Relief Units are in Rockport (serving community) and Houston (serving first responders), providing meals and more. pic.twitter.com/8g3loRH2Wq
— H-E-B (@HEB) August 30, 2017
Buc-ee’s, the beloved Texas-sized truck stop and gas station chain, allowed emergency personnel to eat and sleep in the store, on its dime.
— FBCSO Texas (@FBCSO) August 25, 2017