Harvey heroism: Citizens step up to help others during deadly storm
others during deadly storm
By Katherine LamPublished August 31, 2017
Texas man rescued by boat after clinging to tree for hours
In the midst of deadly Tropical Storm Harvey’s assault on Texas, people stepped up to help those trapped by rising floodwaters and shut out from basic necessities, with heroes forming human chains, delivering pizzas on kayaks and engaging in dramatic rescues.
Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain in the Houston area, causing “unprecedented” flooding that left residents stranded in their homes and vehicles. Amid the chaos, stories of inspiring and selfless interactions have made waves.
However, while many citizens heard the call for help, others tried to profit from the tragedy through scams, price gouging and fraud. The Texas Attorney General’s Office said it received about 600 complaints as of Tuesday, adding the “number is rising,” according to the San Antonio Express. Officials warned about fake fundraisers being shared and urged people to only donate to established organizations.
Several people also reported seeing skyrocketing prices for essential items, including gas and water. Best Buy apologized earlier this week after attempting to sell cases of water for $42.96 when other packages were priced at $29.98.
But it’s the stories of heroism and compassion that have mostly dominated the aftermath of Harvey.
Forming a human chain
On Sunday, several people at an apartment complex were captured in a video forming a human chain to rescue a woman who went into labor during the storm. An email was sent to residents in the apartment complex to help the expecting mother as they waited for emergency responders to arrive, KTRK reported.
When the Houston Fire Department showed up, residents formed a human chain to safely escort the woman into a truck.
“Moments like these are incredibly precious and remind me of all the good in the world,” Molly Akers, who posted video of the incident, wrote on Facebook.
Several other photos of people forming human chains to rescue people stuck in cars surfaced