Our View: Harvey's destruction similar to Floyd's
Rocky Mount Telegram
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Killer storms seem to come in the tamest sounding packages. Floyd was a barber in Mayberry. Harvey was an invisible bunny in a Jimmy Stewart movie.
But there’s nothing imaginary or quaint about the awful devastation caused by their fury.
A lot of us in the Twin Counties remember all too well the flooding that swept away cars, homes and lives in 1999. A new network of rivers and streams that wrecked houses, filled businesses and coursed across U.S. 64 and Interstate 95.
That disaster might have been 18 years ago, but it’s hard to resist comparing those memories to what we're seeing now of Harvey. Only a couple of days ago, it seemed he would hit the Gulf Coast as a tropical storm. Instead, he turned into a Category 4.
The destruction of houses, businesses and farmland is only beginning to be realized. So, too, is the death toll.
President Donald Trump arrived in the ravaged region Tuesday and promises more trips as well as great federal relief efforts.
Our hearts and prayers go out to our friends in Texas and Louisiana. Like us, they have seen this kind of fury before. Like us, they will need a lot of help in the months and years ahead.
America is a country of generous hearts The need for mission groups and other teams of volunteers will be with us for years to come. But for now, we can help by donating to the American Red Cross and remembering how neighbors from other states responded to us all those years ago.
Harvey ... Floyd ... whatever name you tag on such storms, they bring the same heartache and misery. May God help our neighbors on the Gulf Coast.