In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, government officials predict that 30,000 people will be driven into shelters and 450,000 will need to seek disaster assistance.
Between Saturday and Sunday, more than two feet of rain fell on Houston. Homes are completely under water. Many have lost everything they have. And still, even more rain is coming.
"This is a landmark event for Texas," said FEMA Administrator Brock Long on Monday. "Texas has never seen an event like this."
Rescue operations are still under way. The U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday that it is “conducting urban search and rescue in the city of Houston” alongside local police, fire, and other federal and state agencies.
But the great people of the United States of America didn’t wait for the government to help their countrymen in need.
Even more awesome than the storm, and I mean awesome in the true sense of the word — awe-inspiring — are the noble and courageous acts of heroism by Americans in Houston, observed on social media over the weekend.
Dear God some people give me such hope:— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett)
REPORTER: What are you going to do?
HERO: I'm gonna save some lives.pic.twitter.com/Qj2nmvCD97August 27, 2017
There are heroes in Houston who need to be recognized, honored, and emulated.
The Cajun Navy is on its way to Houston to assist in Harvey search and rescue efforts. https://t.co/dGJYZqCG2P— WBRZ News (@WBRZ) August 27, 2017
3 Young Men Have Been Rescuing People All Day In Houstonpic.twitter.com/7ffYdRPLTt— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 28, 2017
There are heroes in our police forces.
A rescue worker carries two dogs to safety after evacuating their family from floodwaters in Houston, Texas. pic.twitter.com/dhoi5P7Ukq— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 27, 2017
From all over the country.
PHOTOS: Images show a team of NYPD and FDNY personnel preparing to assist in Harvey rescue efforts pic.twitter.com/AGiwFh0iwn— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 28, 2017
Helping those in need.
WATCH: U.S. Coast Guard footage shows crews performing rescue missions in the aftermath of Harvey pic.twitter.com/Jn1xlbZ5oI— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 28, 2017
A truly amazing moment on CNN ? https://t.co/roWhNDwJ85— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) August 27, 2017
Rescue efforts went well into the night and are still ongoing.
Why did they do it?
Because this is America. These are Americans. And this is what Americans do when people need help.
Houston is the scene of more acts of service and heroism than we can count: https://t.co/bqMD6aQ7cb— Matt Murray (@murraymatt) August 27, 2017
God bless the U.S.A.