As the waters of Tropical Storm Imelda recede, Houstonians are left with staggering images of the devastation. Understandably, there were immediate comparisons to Harvey: many residents in Kingwood who had only just repaired Harvey ravaged homes are now dealing with Imelda’s wake.
At publishing time, at least two Houston-area residents have been lost. Also in the aftermath, news broke of two barges slamming into the I-10 bridge over the San Jacinto River, shutting down the freeway in both directions near Channelview.
The Inner Loop and Greater Houston saw streets flooded, thousands of cars stranded, and residents waiting for most of the day to simply get home. A wall at the Galleria collapsed. White Oak Bayou and Buffalo Bayou gorged with murky water.
Especially telling is video footage from CultureMap news partner ABC13, in which local resident Morteza Safataj captures drone footage of a jet-skier taking to Allen Parkway, which transformed into a river flowing up against overpasses.
The video also documents an all-too-familiar sight of submerged cars in brown water. Trees are barely visible, the green nearly topped off by the flooding.
And yet, in all the footage, Houstonians are seen biking, walking, and driving just feet from the flood. In what can be described as a consummately Houston moment, in the midst of a hellish storm, life, indeed, goes on.
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