I’d planned to post about writing today, but Hurricane Harvey hitting South Texas last Friday has changed things. I live in Fort Worth, Texas, way north of the coast, so I and my family are not in harm’s way. I’m grateful, but mindful of the extreme situation in which many Texans are existing.
The small town of Rockport on the coast, one we’ve visited a couple of times, was flattened by the Hurricane itself. Victoria has been without water, electricity, gas and food for days. Lots of empty shelves in stores. Harvey came on land just north of Corpus Christi, which I believe got electricity restored on Sunday. One of the good stories.
But poor Houston and the larger Houston area. Houston is used to floods. It’s flat. A little rain and Houston floods. But what’s going on there and has been since last Friday, August 25 is apocalyptic. No one has ever seen anything like it.
Many rescues. Still more to come. Water up to and over the second floor of houses. When the advice is to stay in your house and only call if there’s an emergency, most of us would assume water getting in is an emergency. That’s not the case this time.
When you hear a water plant is submerged…well, that’s hard to imagine.
People were rescued from houses with water up to their chest. I’ve heard stories of people wading through waist high and higher for hours trying to get higher ground. Carrying their babies, children, and dogs. People were advised to not go in their attics because they couldn’t be rescued from there. But my stars if your second floor is beginning to flood…
Unfortunately, the rain continues and two reservoirs had to have controlled release, which impacts already flooded areas and areas that hadn’t flooded yet. They could have as much as 50 inches, which is more than Houston gets in a year!
The loss and trauma from this storm is hard to fathom and will last for months and probably years.
This reporter is standing on a bridge where water is normally 10 feet below!
However, wonderful things come about when disasters happen. People helping others regardless of color of skin, religion, sexual orientation. The best of America rises in these situations. The country comes together.
Governors of other states have sent rescue workers, boats, and even cots.
What can we do? Pray and send money to the American Red Cross. Here’s the link.
As writers what can we do? Write stories honoring the heroism of people in these tragedies. The second book in my Second Chances Series, ACT OF TRUST, honors those who lost loved ones on 9/11. I imagine I’ll write one about Harvey, but not now, not until people have come through this terrible time.
I remember hearing a famous writer at an RWA conference (and no I can’t remember her name!), tell about her family’s experience of floods in South Texas and how the romance books in the Walmart where they went to buy tooth-paste and underwear brought her mother and her comfort. In the darkest times, we need to have faith in happily ever afters, and we can provide those.
Have you experienced a disaster? What helped you get through?