At least eight people are believed to have died as a result of Hurricane Harvey, with a record 30 inches of rain falling on the city of Houston, leaving highways totally submerged by water. The heavy rains are expected to continue into the week, with Harvey set to pick up more water from the Gulf of Mexico before heading inland once again.
And while many have focused on the devastating impact of the storm, there have been many cases of heroism amid the chaos. One of the photos that has gone viral shows a Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy carrying two children to safety.
The image of the storm shows Harris County sheriff’s deputy Rick Johnson carrying two small children to safety. The photo was taken by one of his colleagues and shared on the sheriff’s office Twitter account. Johnson is seen calmly walking the two children from their house in suburban Cypress, Texas.
"I grabbed the kids, and in order to keep the kids focused on happy thoughts given the seriousness of what was going on around us, I told them a couple of light jokes. We joked about swimming, and the water being cold."
The photo has understandably attracted a great deal of praise.
But that's not the only tale of heroism. KHOU reporter Brandi Smith has been praised for saving a truck driver's life while she was broadcasting live.
As were citizens who responded to officials asking anyone with a boat to help search for anyone in trouble.
A group of people were able to form a human chain to save a man stranded in deep water.
And of course, the emergency services and army personnel who have been risking their lives.
Daryl Hudeck, a Houston Police SWAT officer, is seen carrying Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son Aiden.
Catherine’s husband, Troy, said to the Dallas Morning News:
“We were waiting for daylight to try to get out, but by that point the water kept rising and rising and it was unsafe to even try to get out [by truck],” Troy said by phone on Monday. It wasn’t going to be possible for them to leave without help.
"Then, they heard helicopters and voices. Troy decided to see whether the sounds were rescue crews.
Troy took his kayak about 400 yards down the street, where he found members of the Houston SWAT team and a volunteer civilian and son helping people get out of the Meyerland neighborhood. The crew of six used their motorized boat to help ferry the family from their home."
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