Hurricane Harvey with its gale force winds and days of torrential rains was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. since 2005. The destruction the storm caused has been devastating.
Wind gusts exceeded 130 mph. Over the course of four days, the storm dumped over 40 inches of rain on Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city. The flooding was catastrophic and in some places the flood waters exceeded heights of over 50 inches.
Homes, businesses, and shelters were inundated with water, prompting over 72,000 rescues over the course of six days. In Houston there were over 56,000 calls flooding the 911 system in just the first 15 hours.
More than 48,700 homes in Texas were damaged by Harvey including over 1,000 that were completely destroyed and more than 17,000 that sustained major damage. The Texas Department of Public Safety stated more than 185,000 homes were damaged and 9,000 completely destroyed. Many law enforcement officers and their families suffered catastrophic losses including their cars and homes.
Throughout Texas, more than 300,000 people were left without electricity and billions of dollars of property damage was sustained. 30,000 people were left homeless.The eventual loss is expected to equal over $75 billion dollars.
Hurricane Harvey caused at least 83 confirmed deaths; 1 in Guyana and 82 in the United States.
– by Brianna Dunn