The images from the Texas Gulf Coast are staggering -- and inspiring. Countless acts of charity and kindness alongside daring acts of selfless bravery as public officials and private citizens help those stranded by the seemingly unending rains from #Harvey. What kind of homes will people have when the flood waters recede? How many will be homeless -- and where will they go? Initial estimates are as many as 450,000 people will be impacted by the storm -- but in truth that's just a 'guess-timate.'
Were there warning signs -- in advance of the storm? Summer thunderstorms routinely overrun the local storm sewers -- how could storm drains possibly handle the dump of water from a tropical storm? Local residents know from experience "cars float" when the water gets high. They knew better than to try to drive when Hurricane Harvey first came calling.
It will be a few more days before the clean up -- and the assessment of damage -- can begin. The rain is still falling. Those who've been able to remain in their homes may yet regret that choice. I hope, and pray, not. And right now -- that's all I ... far away in New York City ... can do. Hope and pray. And also give. Click here to donate to the American Red Cross -- they're on the ground and well situated to get Houstonians what they need. If you want to help a local Houston organization, the Houston Food Bank is on the scene right now providing meals to thousands of displaced Texans. Click here to support their mission.
It's the least that those of us who are safe and dry can do.