Texan's document Harvey's disastrous path

Those old enough to remember Hurricane Katrina in 2005 can recall chilling images of a city submerged. A storm surge washed across New Orleans, inflicting countless casualties and billions in property damage. Harvey is no ordinary storm.

In Houston, it was not a surge of seawater that flooded the nation's 4th-largest city, but rather trillions of gallons of water from relentless rainbands rotating around a stationary storm.

We don't yet know exactly how Harvey will measure up, but comparisons don't matter much at this stage. People are in real trouble right now, and with emergency services strained, it's down to local residents to help each other out and save lives.

Texans have risen admirably to the challenge. All across the storm-soaked region, Good Samaritans are lending a hand. Meanwhile, on social media, photographers of all stripes — from news organizations to everyday folks wielding smartphones — have kept track of every moment, conveying to the rest of the country how bad this disaster is.

These images are vital for understanding the scale and scope of the devastation from Tropical Storm Harvey:

Views from the ground: Hurricane Harvey
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Views from the ground: Hurricane Harvey
Photo shows runway at Houston's Hobby Airport completely flooded; both Houston's major airports closed amid #Harvey… https://t.co/ykGMt3ZSTh
A stunning image, encapsulating #Harvey & the catastrophic flooding in #Houston. A little boy & his monkey in Dicki… https://t.co/iX6qt4ROGK
An unbelievable but honest photo of nursing home residents waiting to get rescued in Houston. 😢 https://t.co/XtOXdjE7dZ
Rescue boats swerve around stranded cars in Dickinson. Harvey turning Houston metro area into a real life Waterworld https://t.co/pHOqaXCiPI
The rain will NOT stop. #abc13 #Houston #Harvey https://t.co/Wits6FH4eT
Fire ants form a protective island as they float out the #Houston flood https://t.co/UBORwAzA4R
Looking into downtown #Houston above Buffalo Bayou at Studemont. More rain still to come. #Harvey #HurricaneHarvery https://t.co/UAXHhRvYVO
#USCG Video: Coast Guard assess the aftermath of damage caused by #HurricaneHarvey during their search and rescue o… https://t.co/srY6cThvd4
This is what it looked like last time it stopped raining long enough to get a clear shot of the flooding… https://t.co/ksbpwj6xAf
The Bayou over by Hermann Park is full AF and the path we run under McGregor is 100% under water #Harvey… https://t.co/BOFQkooddf
League City, TX this morning. #Harvey https://t.co/3HBZP1kT7G
Praying for Meyerland area. #Harvey https://t.co/mEcWH869aw


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