For all of us who aren't living in the city of Houston right now, it's difficult to imagine just how much damage Hurricane Harvey has really brought to the city after pouring down a bunch of rain over the past few weeks. And, while there are plenty of good people trying to do what they can to offer up flood relief donations and give time to help — kudos to those people — most of us don't feel the impact unless we're part of the devastation ourselves.
Well, for those of you who haven't been paying attention to what's going on in Houston, keeping up with just how bad it really is, these before-and-after photos of the city of Houston following the disastrous flood will help you better understand — because these are both terrifying, unreal and frightening.
If those pictures from various Twitter users weren't enough to make your heart sink, here's a time lapsed video from a YouTuber showing the impact that Harvey has had on Houston.
According to Yahoo! Finance, Hurricane Harvey is expected to "rank as one of the costliest natural disasters on record," with economists from the article estimating $30-40 billion worth of damage that Houston will have to overcome to rebuild itself.
For that reason, people are doing what they can to donate money and raise awareness for fundraising efforts, with the worst of it hitting in a hurry, as the Hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday morning.
Still, the images above show just how dangerous and unrelenting Mother Nature can be, with The Weather Channel even reporting that some parts of Houston received more than 30 inches of rain since the start of the downpour, with experts believing that total rainfall accumulation could reach 50 inches when all is said and done.
For those who want to help the victims and lend some financial relief — and, really, after seeing the pictures above, who wouldn't want to — there are a number of organizations where you can show support, such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Heart to Heart International, among others.
Now is as good a time as any to lend a hand to our neighbors in Houston, who we offer our thoughts with as they try to overcome and rebuild.