In the midst of deadly Tropical Storm Harvey’s assault on Texas, people stepped up to help those trapped by rising floodwaters and shut out from basic necessities, with heroes forming human chains, delivering pizzas on kayaks and engaging in dramatic rescues.
Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain in the Houston area, causing “unprecedented” flooding that left residents stranded in their homes and vehicles. Amid the chaos, stories of inspiring and selfless interactions have made waves.
Though many citizens heard the call for help, others tried to profit from the tragedy through scams, price gouging and fraud. The Texas Attorney General’s Office said it received about 600 complaints as of Tuesday, adding the “number is rising,” according to mySA. Officials warned about fake fundraisers being shared and urged people to only donate to established organizations.
Several people also reported seeing skyrocketing prices for essential items including gas and water. Best Buy apologized earlier this week after attempting to sell cases of water for $42.96 when other packages were priced at $29.98.
But it’s the stories of heroism and compassion that have mostly dominated the aftermath of Harvey.
Forming a human chain
On Sunday, several people at an apartment complex were captured in a video forming a human chain to rescue a…