Dramatic before-and-after photos of Houston show damage from ‘dangerous and historic’ storm.
Starting on Friday night Hurricane Harvey made landfall on southeastern Texas, barreling right into Corpus Christi. Through the weekend, the city of Houston suffered the brunt of the storm’s path. Heavy rains and massive flooding have engulfed the city, leaving thousands in need of rescue.
So far, there have been two confirmed deaths, which will likely rise, according to CNN. There have been more than 56,000 911 calls in Houston so far, too.
From 10pm Sat to 1pm Sun., Houston 911 received over 56,000 calls. During an average day, they usually handle about 8,000. #harvey— Houston OEM (@HoustonOEM) August 27, 2017
Law enforcement and government officials are working around the clock to rescue Houston residents who find themselves trapped in flooded buildings or without their homes, according to CNN.
Dallas announced it plans to open a “mega-shelter” at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, which could house 5,000 people, CNN reported. Multiple states are also working to help Houston.
Other residents feel that the government and law enforcement has forgotten them, leaving their survival in their own hands, BuzzFeed reported.
The storm’s historic flooding may leave 30,000 people without homes, according to The Washington Post.
Forecasters expect “more pounding rain, rising rivers and floodwaters swallowing even more streets and neighborhoods” this week, even as the storm calms.
Elaine Duke, the acting Homeland Security secretary, told The Washington Post that the storm’s destruction is far from over.
“We are not out of the woods yet,” she said. “Harvey is still a dangerous and historic storm.”
Indeed, one look at before-and-after photos shows how damaging this storm has already become. These photos made the rounds on social media this weekend.
A remarkable amount of flooding in Houston. Here is a before and after of the I-160. pic.twitter.com/S9W5J3ZbFe— Ben Parsons (@Ben_Parsons__) August 27, 2017
Before and after flooding in Houston. Pray for them. It's horrible. pic.twitter.com/mNy1eU85ot— James Tyler (@jamesdotnet) August 27, 2017
Before and after pic from Houston... pic.twitter.com/V8i53V60xT— Josh Johnson (@JoshWeather) August 27, 2017