Riding the Storm Out
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The forecasters tell us we are about half way through Tropical Storm Harvey's effects so when there was a break in the weather, we grabbed our cameras and raingear and headed out to explore.
Some positives of us getting off the sofa (what are you binge watching?):
- A chance to capture a catastrophic event. We talked to stranded drivers, were present while a kayaker going paddled a popular intersection, and most interestingly witnessed the 4th largest city all but come to a standstill.
- Great time for reflection pics in the high water.
- In our case, exploring areas usually bombarded with major traffic (we live inside the Houston loop)
- An opportunity to help. We were on the scene for a car wreck, translated for someone needing a ride to rescue their mother and also cleaned two storm drains that were backing up the high water.
Some safety tips:
- Keep an eye on changing weather conditions. Tropical storms are unpredictable.
- Beware of crazy motorists. Due to high water, cars were being forced to drive both directions on a one-way highway. We witnessed a wreck not 10 feet in front of us.
- Don’t go it alone! Luckily my best friend and partner (in crime) is a photo bug as well. Better in pairs.
Humanity prevailed as we headed back home on foot, a truck load of young men offered us a ride as the rain had just started drizzling again. Today’s excursion will provide some great photos for my ongoing water project.