There is absolutely no shortage of moving, inspiring, and touching photos from the ground and air efforts after Hurricane Harvey.
The chaos that has unfolded in Texas has left many injured and homeless at the mercy of Mother Nature. While we focus on the human cost of which this hurricane has taken, we sometimes forget about our furry little friends and what they are going though as well. Confused, left behind in the hurry to escape, scared and wet, these loyal creatures rely on us for salvation in such times. Thankfully, members of the National Guard have put equal effort into saving both their lives as well. So sit back and take a look at the following photos that have been hand picked out of many photos for their raw, touching and inspiring nature. Both in terms of the men and women displaced and haunted by the storm, and also our furry companions.
1: An Airman from the Texas National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing holds a child as he sleeps, surely exhausted from the mental and physical ordeal he’s gone through.
2: This man, who lost everything in the storm is just tankful to have his doggies with him. Truly man’s best friend.
3: A woman holds a child in the belly of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter. The crew of the helicopter dropped them off safely after having rescued them from the flood waters in front of their home.
4: California Air National Guard were conducting rescue missions and rescued this family and their doggies. That Chihuahua looks to be enjoying the ride, awful happy to be out of the flood.
5: Texas National Guard members lifting a baby into one of the many rescue vehicles that are currently operating throughout the Houston area.
6: The California Air National Guard conduct patrols of the Vidor Texas area rescuing those that may be trapped on roofs or in flooded houses. They take special time to ensure the rescue of these poor little dogs, floating hopelessly on the railing of a flooded porch.
7: Despite all the suffering of these fine people, this man still found it in him to cook up a meal for his rescuers.
8: A Texas National Guard member lifts a poor drenched doggy to rescue into the back of one of the rescue vehicles deployed in the area.
9: A girl pets her cat after both of them were reunited and rescued from the raging storm.
photo credit: Coast Guard News Coast Guard air crew rescues residents of Vidor, TX via photopin (license)
10: Member of the Nebraska National Guard helps rescue woman and her dogs from the rising flood waters.
With another hurricane brewing, it begs to question if the ordeal is over or if the worst is yet to come.
Author - David Mann