Hous­ton, Texas

Power & Motor Yacht - - SPECIAL REPORT -

In Texas the rain came, and it didn’t stop.

When the sun rose on the morn­ing of Au­gust 27, the area around Hous­ton, the coun­try’s fourth largest city, was cov­ered in wa­ter fol­low­ing floods of bib­li­cal pro­por­tions. In some ar­eas, the to­tal rain­fall from Har­vey was close to 52 inches. To make mat­ters worse, no evac­u­a­tion or­der had been given. Res­i­dents sud­denly found them­selves trapped on rooftops and wad­ing through flooded streets.

If the wa­ters brought hell, the air brought sal­va­tion in the form of Staff Sgt. Joseph Baker (right), of the 36th Com­bat Avi­a­tion Bri­gade, Texas Army Na­tional Guard. The Na­tional Guard scoured for sur­vivors over miles of flooded area north of Beau­mont, Texas; it was part of a swath of towns—a com­bined area larger than the state of Delaware—that was in­un­dated with more than 3 feet of rain­fall.

Tick marks on he­li­copter doors in­di­cated the num­ber of peo­ple pulled from the flood­wa­ters (59 marks on one he­li­copter). In one day alone, the Coast Guard saved over 3,000 peo­ple. But there was still work to be done.

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