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It gets really real when…

Houston and the surrounding areas are being devastated by Hurricane Harvey’s destructive and wet path as the days move on slowly. Hundreds of tornado warnings have sounded over the past 72 hours, flooding is up to doors, and hope is dwindling as the next band of storms dumps more water on an already saturated and flooded area.

In the past 48 hours, I’ve seen a man be voluntarily evacuated with his dog, Blackhawk helicopters flying low around my area, watched many rescues, and seen so much heartache. Harvey isn’t done yet and there’s already so much pain and destruction surrounding our areas.

It gets very real quick when the National guard is in your city as are Black Hawk helicopters flying low. The Cajun Navy arrived yesterday and the outpouring support that is being brought in by other cities and states is overwhelming. It also gets real when when trucks are pulling boats and schools are being used as evacuation shelters.

Hurricane Harvey is not done yet but I ask of you to send good thoughts and prayers to the thousands of people that are being affected by this massive flood and hurricane remnants. No one could have predicted the stalled path Harvey has taken or the amount of rain he would dump on Texas. However, we as a community of supporters, must band together and send well wishes to all involved. Many are weary (myself included) and I ask for only good thoughts, well wishes, and prayers to those affected by this mess.

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When tragedy strikes

Hurricane Harvey hit land on Friday, August 25, and caused devastation in and around its path. The intense winds, tornadoes, and flooding have devastated the coastal South of Texas for much of the weekend.  Homes have been damaged, buildings demolished, and the rain keeps pouring down.

Schools have been cancelled in and around Houston for the week ahead. My own district just 28 miles west of Houston is out for the next week. The constant and repetitive tornado warnings are overwhelming. The flooding around Houston is devastating, and the fears of rising waters around the Houston and surrounding areas are substantial.

The rising water and flooding is causing very real fear for what’s next in the areas Harvey has directly affected. The fact that Harvey has stalled over the Houston area is not helpful. However, I can only be grateful to be safe and dry as so many are not. So many around us have more devastation that I do and, for that, I am grateful.

When tragedy strikes, the fears are real. The worry surrounds so many and the destruction is devastating. Tragedy affects so many in different ways. So many people are struggling by this one storm. This one storm has caused so much destruction and it’s not over. Tragedy affects so many in different ways. So many people are struggling by this one storm. This one storm has caused so much destruction and it’s not over.

My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey’s path & destruction that they are affected by. Hurricane Harvey is devastating but there is hope to rebuilt and to move forward once it is over.