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Hurricane Harvey

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It all begins with a couple of  shingles in the road, a power line down here and there .The caravan  of utility workers is a sign that things are getting worse and in Port Aransas it becomes clear that Hurricane Harvey came through with a vengeance .

Hurricane Harvey hit on August 25th through September 2 2017 , Hurricane Harvey made landfall The Texas Gulf Coast winds hitting up to 130 mph, in seconds everything was destroyed. on August 31 it’s as making it way up to Louisiana on a tropical depression with winds up to 20 mph. A rain Highlands , Texas registered 51.88 inches of horrible rainfall breaking the all time record for the u.s continental weather, officials said.

Because of the tragic storm there have been many deaths ,in Texas, not only deaths, but missing family members. CNN reports have stated there have been over 60 deaths not including the missing bodies . Harvey has brought over 7ft of rain to Texas.most likely there’s going to be more to discover after the flood is clear .Families have also said there have been families  that haven’t been found since the tragedy  and has destroyed things that can’t be replaced , Not only that, they will not be the same mentally , or physically.

How long do you think it’s going to take for Texas to recover ? It could take months even years for this massive tragedy that occurred in Texas through Louisiana to recover from the storm . It has destroyed homes where families grew up  to be the adults they have become and some hoped that their kids would have grown up in the same house but because of the storm over 40,000 homes in Houston have been destroyed . The staggering numbers were revealed as Harvey touched down in Cameron La, before dawn its third landfall since hitting Texas with rain starting Friday .

Houston police officers claimed that 911 calls  for water rescues were down to about 40% as of Wednesday morning . But the coaster guard has said “they have been taking over 1,000 calls per hour from others that have needed to be rescued “.

Do you think that the people of Houston could have been more prepared and got a better impact ? Harvey is expected to make landfall with winds of at least 111 mph the most powerful storm  to strike the mainland since 2005.Depending where it hits, and with its force,the storm could kill dozens as it did because of the heavy flooding.it could disrupt the national economy for months or years to come . So with that said the people of Texas were in for a disaster that they wouldn’t be able to survive .

The threat  of this storm striking the area , the Houston ship channel , the nation’s second largest port by tonnage , has been a nightmare scenario for disaster experts.

Over thousands  have donated to Harvey even went out with boats at their own risk. Even high vehicles that could handle the high water to help . A former president Obama and even celebrities such as Ti , Chris brown , Kevin Hart and others donated millions and several thousands to help the survivors of The Hurricane.

Many people say don’t donate to the  Red Cross, have you wondered why ? Some have said “ please don’t donate to Red Cross  you will never see it ”. Variety of people had statements about Red Cross . Red Cross also had something to say Sunday morning saying “ that they have opened up 34 shelters in Texas where the hurricane had hit the Texas coast Friday , sending wind , rain and roaring floodwaters across different parts of the state ”.

Also Minsker the Red Cross spokeswoman in Austin stated “ some of 6,000 people stated in shelter on Sunday night and that the organization is prepared to the house of 30,000 estimated to be displaced by the storm  because many people aren’t going to have a home to go to after the floodwaters subside.

According to some of the victims of the storm  “ Red Cross lacked the basic needs of supplies like food , blankets and batteries to distribute to the victims in the day just after the storms .

Since the storm, how has Texas been holding up ? Reporters of CNN have reported that all 5 living former presidents  are joining to support and relief and recovery effort after Hurricane Harvey . Former president Jimmy Carter , George H.W Bush , Bill Clinton , George W. Bush and Barack Obama appeared in a video and asked Americans to respond to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and everybody help others who need a helping hand .

Harvey caused massive flooding in Bush’s home state of Texas , neighbors of others destroyed and killing dozens .

Because of the tragic flood in Texas donations will be collected and distributed by former president George  H.W Bush and presidential library foundation through restricted account , the office statement said  “ the elder bush and Clinton have joined together in response to disaster in the past including Hurricane Katrina . That things will get better and they will hit the hard work and dedication to continue to make America great” .

Instead,  the presidents were modeling themselves on past efforts including George Bush and Clinton, effort after the South Asia tsunami and Hurricane Katrina and George W. Bush , Clinton efforts after the earthquake in haiti that brought together past presidents for charity appeals .

How do people feel that all of our former presidents are standing up and helping  in any possible way ? Victims have said “ We are more than thankful that they are taking the time out their day even though they don’t have to and it’s not there job to reach out and give a helping hand to those that’s needed”. The people who were devastated are more than thankful to have a blessing like that to be handed to them.

Our current president Donald Trump, has not been seen in Texas like the rest of the former presidents . But Trump has made a statement saying that “ it was a massive storm the size of Harvey was epic , what happened “.

News outlets have reported that his statement was “weak” Trump made  virtually no mention of the storm victims , and their was no indication he met with any . He had not called for donations or volunteers . had no respect or concern for Texas .

Some have questioned did we make the right decision on making him president and allowing him to be in control of our future ? That question is still trying to be answered Survivors feel that Donald Trump should have been more hands on to show our country  that he means what he says with making America great again this could have been a step to helping us understanding and seeing that you are really here to help us become better like our former presidents .

“There was something missing from Trump’s speech …. The empathy for the people who suffered .” Former president George washington said . Some say that “ should have been the first thing that was said was his heart goes out to the people and to Huston who are going through such a tragedy and the government is here to help them recover from this “.

This have been a very sad and tragic thing that has happened to Houston and families . Now that the flood has been over there are so many destroyed things that families will never get back because of this storm. families will never get to see relatives again not only did the storm destroy the homes but also took precious lives away that would have still be standing if this hurricane would have never took place our hearts are with you Houston Texas .

This has destroyed people mentally , physically and More we are with you Texas until you are recovered and great again . Hopefully from this experience we grow bigger and become better and stronger .

 

-Creleeann Lindsey

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