Hurricane Harvey has rightfully dominated the news for several days, and while I’ve seen plenty of hurricane coverage in my life, this is the first time I’ve had friends in the danger area. They’ve been uppermost in my mind as the media distribute hurricane news and pictures round the clock.
In a sad way, when you’ve seen a few pictures of storm damage, you’ve seen them all. But the one above left me genuinely shaken. These are residents of the La Vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson, TX, photographed early this morning. (Dickinson is between Houston and Galveston.) As you can see they are seated in their living room with floodwater up to their laps. I’m relieved to be able to report that all 15 were rescued by helicopter, but this image will haunt me for a very long time.
(The facility had never flooded before and officials had instructed residents and staff to shelter in place. The owner snapped this picture and sent it out in a plea for rescue.)
Hoping everyone in the storm area is or soon will be safe and dry and stays that way. I’ll be thinking and worrying about you until this is all over.