Nobody needs to be told just how devastating Hurricane Harvey has been. The storm made landfall late Friday and has caused massive flooding across southeastern Texas and the Louisiana coast.
The National Weather Service reported early Tuesday morning that 10 to 20 more inches of rain can be expected for those in the storm’s path.
And it won’t just be a short-term problem. “We’re going to be here for several years helping you guys recover,” FEMA Director Brock Long said Monday. “The state of Texas is about to undergo one of the largest recovery housing missions the nation has ever seen,” he added.
People have witnessed the kind of rescue and recovery efforts that first responders have been engaged in, and we all know the numbers.
But have we really seen the human cost? One picture uploaded by a Texas deputies’ group on social media seemed to encapsulate perfectly the very human impact of the kind of heroism we’ve seen on camera during coverage of Hurricane Harvey.
This photo was uploaded on Monday by the Texas Sheriff’s Deputies Facebook page. It shows one very exhausted hero who helped victims of Hurricane Harvey.
This photo was sent to me by friend at the Harris County Sheriff's Office. This deputy worked 12+ hours thru the night, …
“This photo was sent to me by a friend at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office,” the poster, nicknamed Ghost, wrote. “This deputy worked 12+ hours thru the night, doing high water rescues. Worked until he couldn’t stand anymore. This man and hundreds more just like him are out there, saving Texans!! Much respect sir!”
So far, the storm has killed 14. Obviously, every one of those deaths was a tragedy to the families involved, but the fact that there haven’t been much more due to the tireless work of men and women like the deputy seen here.
Let this photo be a reminder of just how much these brave heroes are sacrificing, not just when a hurricane hits, but every day of the week.