Toddler Rescued Clinging To His Mother's Body In Houston
With up to 50 inches of rainfall, Houston, the 4th largest city in America, will be reeling from disaster for years. Over 20 people have been killed, and the numbers are sure to rise.
Inside a flooded canal, a woman and her 18-month-old child were found, washed by the waters from a parking lot during the peak of the storm. They had travelled half-a-mile, and the mother's unresponsive body was found - with her toddler clinging to her cold body.
Emergency responders began performing CPR, and both the mother and her toddler are going to survive. The toddler is suffering from hypothermia, but was strong enough to hold onto his mother and be saved.
This inspiring story is just the tip of the iceberg of human perseverance during Hurricane Harvey.
A user on Imgur posted this photo, saying that their grandmother was being rescued from her flooded home by a man on a jetski.
It's incredibly heartening to see, after tons of photos of senior citizens up to their chests in water, sitting and waiting in a flooded nursing home, that some people are going around the city on jetskis saving people. Anyone with a boat, or a water transportation vehicle of any kind, can be true heroes during massive hurricane flooding.
Tragically, the city of Houston was too large to effectively evacuate. The millions of citizens would never have been able to escape. The most heavily-flooded areas of the city are also some of the poorest, in the low-lying floodplains. 4 out of 5 victims of the hurricane in these areas lack any kind of flood insurance. I couldn't think of anything worse than surviving a hurricane and then going bankrupt because you didn't have flood insurance. But those are the types of horror stories that came out of Hurricane Katrina.
And yet, then there's the Cajun Navy.
The Cajun Navy, straight out of Louisiana, showed up to flooded Houston with a fleet of boats, saving at least one woman from drowning in the floodwaters.
“We jumped out and got her and gave her compressions right there in the water. We were holding her from behind,” said Joshua Lincoln, a member of the Cajun Navy.
Social media also became an asset in saving lives during Hurricane Harvey. What do you do when the phone lines are down, police are not taking calls, and you're trapped in a flooding house? You turn to Twitter.
This is a heartbreaking photo. And yet, it saved two lives.
It's really amazing to see social media form emergency-response networks. That's the most positive thing all these online interactions could amount to. People in the Houston area with able bodies and able boats are free to act as an unorganized rescue squad. It's amazing to watch examples of it unfold in real-time, from other parts of the country.
Ultimately, Hurricane Harvey won't be remembered as the travesty that Katrina was. President Trump wasn't great, but he wasn't abysmal either. But really, it's a problem that I've even written his name here! It's the people who saved lives, who were on the ground in Houston, who matter. The federal government is never amazing at responding in situations like this. It comes down to the citizens.
Those citizens who tread the floodwaters are the true heroes. And in the wake of this, if people have nowhere to go, no money, no options? They'll need some serious help. It may be tempting to throw money at the wall now, but organizations like the Red Cross aren't perfect ways to directly help real people. Millions of dollars after Hurricane Sandy were reportedly lost or misspent by the Red Cross.
When a whole wave of GoFundMe campaigns and news articles open revealing all those who are now homeless and trapped in the greater mandala of American post-disaster poverty, that's a good time to give directly. In the meantime, consider giving to the Houston Food Bank, or consult the New York Times article on Hurricane Harvey relief.