Listen, we’re no stranger to floods here in Houston (re: Tax Day and Memorial Day floods), but this is just getting ridiculous.
And actually, Houston’s got a lot of problems that have built up to these floods. (Read this Texas Tribune/ProPublica article for more). Even understanding the climate change issues, urban sprawl and zoning (or lack thereof) things that have all lead to
Hurricane Tropical Storm Harvey just annihilating our dear Houston, it HURTS to see the city underwater.
Make sure you’re taking care of yourselves and your family! DON’T drive–most of the roads are flooded anyways! DON’T get in the water. You don’t know what’s in there–electrical lines, debris, bacteria, floating ant colonies, etc. Follow legitimate news sources like Harris County OHSEM and Mayor Sylvester Turner on Twitter. We’ve been watching ABC 13 on Facebook LIVE all day. If you want to help those in need, check out this post by the Houston Chronicle and this post by NBC. George R. Brown Convention Center is also looking for donations.
If you want to volunteer, you can register here and Volunteer Houston will contact you with assignments. The damage and rebuilding effort is going to last some time after the flood! If you can, donate to relief efforts:
- http://www.unitedwayhouston.org: text UWFLOOD to 41444.
- http://www.redcross.org: call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word Harvey to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- http://www.helpsalvationarmy.org: call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 51555.
We’ve ventured out a little to assess some damage, and been posting to our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (check out our stories!). Here are some of the photos we’ve grabbed while safely exploring. If you want to use our photos please credit us on social media. Houston Strong image above is from Ailee of Snapshots & My Thoughts.
STAY SAFE HOUSTON!
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Yale & I-10
For reference this is what White Oak Bayou looked like on August 26, 2017. The water levels are high but not overflowing. Less than 24 hours later the water has risen and covered Yale Street, Heights Boulevard, and some parts of I-10. Here are pictures of White Oak Bayou when there is no storm.
Heights & I-10
Yale & Kohler
Patterson & I-10
Shepherd / Durham at I-10
Studemont & I-10
Spotts Park and Waugh Street Bridge on Aug. 27
Update on the Waugh Street Bridge Bat Colony: Officials at Buffalo Bayou responded to us and told us that the bats are able to “sense” when disastors and storms like this are coming, so they know to GTFO. However, there have been some dead bats spotted along the park. So sad! But chances are good that they’ll come back. #HOUSTONPROUD