Sil­ver Lin­ing

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The world watched as Hur­ri­cane Har­vey un­leashed hell upon the Gulf Coast of Texas. Footage of se­nior cit­i­zens wad­ing in waist-deep wa­ter, men strain­ing to free horses from their cor­rals, and SUVs bob­bing in the streets like bath­tub toys played on a loop on the news and across so­cial me­dia. The loss of life, prop­erty, and in­fra­struc­ture rose like the flood­wa­ters. It seemed as if the wa­ter would never re­cede. It would be weeks be­fore re­cov­ery could even be ut­tered.

De­spite the de­spair and de­struc­tion there was a sil­ver lin­ing. We heard of a Lowe Boats dealer who drove his en­tire fleet of alu­minum boats to Hous­ton to be used by emer­gency work­ers. There was an­other story about about a man named J.C. Ur­ban, who res­cued a fam­ily by PWC; and Jeremy Spark­man, a health­care worker who led a vol­un­teer flotilla to res­cue flood vic­tims. The news praised the ef­forts of The Ca­jun Navy.

“I usu­ally just use this boat for drink­ing beer,” Spark­man told Reuters as he steered his flat-bot­tomed boat around sub­merged pickup trucks. “But we come to­gether when we need to—that’s what Tex­ans do.” I dare to cor­rect Spark­man: That’s what boaters do. Then came Irma. The Cat­e­gory 5 hur­ri­cane lev­eled en­tire is­lands in the Caribbean and claimed more than lives. The storm could have been worse in Florida; the pre­dicted storm surge did not reach the heights fore­cast­ers ini­tially pre­dicted, but the Keys were bat­tered, beaten, and left with­out power for weeks.

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