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Our View: Harvey's destruction similar to Floyd's

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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.

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