This is one of those stories. Hurricane Harvey has left a wrath of destruction in its path and continues to take its toll on the land and people. When in distress, however, there is also opportunity. Dragging behind the awful tragedies and new realities are also inspiring stories summoning the bold and loving human spirit.
This Human Chain Is Linked To The Human Spirit
During the hurricane, many were in danger of being swept away, and many more sought to rescue these people.
The picture above, showing people forming a human chain to search and rescue a person trapped inside of their car Houston, is a testimony to that spirit. The photo went viral after it was captured by a local news channel.
The caption reads: “
#Harvey has taken a lot, but it will NEVER take our humanity. We have seen so many neighbors helping each other. THANK YOU #HopeForHouston.”
Record Shattering Rainfall
More than 19 trillion gallons of rain has fallen on Texas, making Tropical Storm Harvey the largest producer of rain ever in the lower 48 states. To put that into perspective, the largest lake complete contained within the state of Texas is Lake Sam Rayburn (also known as McGee Bend Reservoir), holds just over 1.3 trillion gallons of water.
No rope, but plenty of hope.
Stephanie Edward Mata was driving when she saw this scene, and knew she had to film it.
“The people had no rope to get him out so they made a chain holding each other,” Mata told Mashable in a recent interview. “They pulled the door open and one gentleman got ahold of him as they held on until they got him safe.”
The man was saved, but Mata was unsure of what happened to him immediately following the rescue. “There was a cop nearby where they took him to get checked out as he was so cold,” she said.
Houston and all of Texas has plenty to deal with, just hours before the writing of this article, the Houston Police Department reported that water rescues are now down to 40.