Flood damage is not something that is always obvious. When we first drove into Houston things looked normal, it certainly did not look like a catastrophic flood had taken place a week and a half before our arrival. The damage that will occur in Florida from Hurricane Irma will be much more obvious, roofs will be ripped off buildings, signs and trees will be toppled, windows will be blown out, and when you visit after the storm it will be evident that destruction occurred. In Houston much of the destruction is hidden until you take a closer look.
The set of pictures in the bottom row should give you an idea of how high the water was after Harvey. It is hard to imagine how high the water was, but the mud marks on the tree and the obvious line in the vegetation alongside the bayou help imagine what it was like. That tree was on the side of the road above the bayou, the water was over the bridge and the road was impassible.
Consider this, only fifteen to twenty percent of the homes in Houston had flood insurance. These families will receive a small amount of disaster assistance, but it will not be enough for them to rebuild what they lost.
Many of the students we met have lost everything, and they did not have much to begin with. Rebuilding for their families will be difficult and tiring, rebuilding for some may not even be in Houston.
This trip gave these children some hope and brought smiles to their faces. This trip was one of the first steps to the rebuilding of Houston, and we were just a small part in this process. Similar trips have been made by other individuals, families, or organizations; some people have been there to help their neighbors clean up the mess from their yards, while others have been there to help at the shelters right after the storm. Each of these small acts of kindness is a step to rebuilding Houston, all of these individuals are key in helping the city recover.
Again, thank you. Each donation we received, big or small, is the start to Houston getting back on it's feet. ❤️ #HoustonStrong ❤️