On August 25, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas north of Corpus Christi as a Category 4 storm. It was the first hurricane to hit the Texas coast since Hurricane Ike in 2008, and the damage was devastating.
In the aftermath of the storm, a number of images have surfaced on the Internet documenting the damage. RVs can be seen lying on their sides, windows are blown out, and the flood waters stand several feet high in people's homes.
Some communities felt the deepest impact of the damage due to the wind while others were the most devastated by massive rains. And for some areas, the flood rains and heavy winds were avoided but there were serious repercussions from the rivers overflowing with
The destruction took several different forms but it was deep and severe in many places. Keep scrolling to see more of the most photos that document the devastation left from
Hurricane Harvey Destruction
People have been forced to essentially get rid of many or all of their belongings as several feet of water poured down in only a matter of days.
Along the streets of Houston, many houses can be seen with damaged carpets, furniture, and other items placed on the street to be collected by garbage trucks.
Peggy Bourg, whose Holiday Beach home was completely destroyed, opened up about the overwhelming emotions of the situation.
"[It was] very emotional. I don't think I can cry anymore," Bourg said while speaking with CNN. "I've gone through a lot of emotions — a lot of anger, sadness, you know, even envy: Why didn't my house make it?"
While there have been thousands of volunteers to offer aid in Texas, there has been so much damage that there are many Texas residents that feel abandoned.
"This area has been hit very hard. You know I feel for the people around us, the Houston area, the Rockport area," Bourg said. "We're across the causeway from Rockport. It's almost like, do they know we're here?" Have they seen all of this destruction?"
Hurricane Harvey Death Toll
While many Texas residents have lost almost everything, there were others that did not make it out of the storm alive.
The latest reports claim that at least 70 deaths were recorded in Hurricane Harvey from either direct or indirect causes. The deaths span over 13 counties with the highest totals in Harris County, where at least 30 people died to Harvey-related causes, TIME reports.
Tragically, certain incidents, such as trees falling onto at least two homes in Montgomery County, have led to death. Other indirect deaths were caused by power outrages, according to ABC News. In a handful of counties, several elderly people have passed away when medical equipment, such as oxygen tanks, didn't have power.
With so many people affected by the storm, medical assistance has been in high demand. However, floodwaters caused length delays in responses to medical emergencies.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Costs
Hurricane Harvey, along with the latest hurricane to come through Florida, Hurricane Irma, have led to a massive amount of damage that will cost billions and billions to repair.
“We believe the damage estimate from Irma to be about $100 billion, among the costliest hurricanes of all time. This amounts to 0.5 of a percentage point of the GDP of $19 trillion,” AccuWeather President Joel Myers said in a statement Sunday.
“We estimated that Hurricane Harvey is to be the costliest weather disaster in U.S. history at $190 billion or one full percentage point of the GDP,” he added.
Celebrities Step Up to Give Money for Victims
To help aid in the relief efforts, many celebrities have pledged money and urged their fans to do the same.
One celebrity who was heartbroken to see the damage was former Disney Channel star and Texas native Hilary Duff. In the days after the storm, the 29-year-old actress posted a number of photos that offered a look at the heartbreaking devastation in Houston.
The pictures show families carrying their personal belongings in their arms while marching through several feet of water. Another heartbreaking photo shows a home in Houston submerged in floodwaters that have risen almost to the roof.
Learn how you can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey here.
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