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Harvey Heroes: Houstonians Share Stories Of Those Who Helped Us Weather The Storm

We asked Houstonians to tell us about the people who went above and beyond during the storm and recovery.

This still image taken from video provided by the U.S. Navy shows sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 rescuing 14 people and four dogs, at Pine Forrest Elementary School, in Vidor, Texas on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. The shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds.
This still image taken from video provided by the U.S. Navy shows sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 rescuing 14 people and four dogs, at Pine Forrest Elementary School, in Vidor, Texas on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. The shelter that required evacuation after flood waters from Hurricane Harvey reached its grounds.

We’ve all witnessed a lot of heartache in recent days as we’ve surveyed flooded out neighborhoods, learned of people who, sadly, were overtaken by flood waters — most of them in their cars. Thousands of evacuees have been displaced and have seen their possessions washed away.

But we’ve also witnessed some truly amazing moments, some of which we shared with you over the course of the week — first responders making daring rescues, officials and volunteers working around the clock to set up shelters, and everyday Houstonians coming to the aid of their friends, neighbors, and pets. We even told you about a father and son who rode through flood waters rescuing trapped horses.

There have been a lot of heroes of Harvey. Some have received attention. Others have not. Some have contributed in small ways — away from the cameras and microphones. And most have done so with little fanfare.

So, Houston Public Media would like to give them their due. We Asked Houstonians to tell us about the people they think deserved recognition – anyone who went above and beyond. Tell us about the people who helped out when it mattered the most, or took in a loved one, or made life in the midst of crisis a little more manageable.  

Houston Public Media General Manager Lisa Shumate joins us for this conversation.

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