Joining the Helping Hands and Hearts Responding to Hurricane Harvey
The last two weeks of August 2017 will be forever imprinted on the hearts and minds of all Texans, including Panola County citizens. On August 16, a tropical storm swirled onto weather radar. Fifteen days later, the sun broke through the clouds, and people on the Texas Gulf Coast began to comprehend the magnitude of destruction wreaked by Hurricane Harvey.
After intensifying in the Gulf for nine days, Hurricane Harvey made landfall at Port Aransas on Friday, August 25. Instead of dissipating over land, Harvey moved back out over the Gulf, picking up strength, and hit the Houston area hard over that weekend. By Sunday, August 27, the Texas Gulf Coast was inundated by 50 to 65 inches of rainfall. All weekend, volunteers worked alongside Coast Guard, National Guard, law enforcement, fire fighters, and first responders to locate and rescue stranded citizens trapped by the incredible flooding.