Hurricane Harvey Round-Up....Disasters Bring out the Best in People

Hurricane Harvey Round-Up: Rescuers Formed a Human Chain, a CNN Crew Saved a Guy's Life, Verizon's Massive Donation, and More


  We've seen more bad news about flooding on the Gulf Coast over the last 24 hours.  It's going to take a long time for the area to recover from Harvey.  But we've also seen a lot more inspiring stories come in . . 


1.  CNN's Drew Griffin was reporting from Beaumont, Texas yesterday morning when a guy drove into a ditch filled with 10 or 12 feet of water, and his truck started floating away.  But Drew and another guy ran over and pulled him out.  Then he talked to them on live TV right afterward and thanked them for saving his life.  (Here's the video.)


2.  There's also a new video from Tuesday, of an elderly guy in Houston being swept away in his SUV.  But about 20 people formed a HUMAN CHAIN to get to him.  They got him to a hospital where he was reunited with his son.  (Here's the video.)


3.  A 44-year-old woman who works at an animal hospital in Houston saved over a dozen dogs that got left behind in her neighborhood this week.  She has four of her own, and was also dog-sitting when the storm hit.  She ended up trapped in her attic with 21 DOGS.  But a few guys with a boat rescued her, and also got the dogs out.


4.  A dog named Rocket that was scheduled to be put down at a shelter in California five years ago got trained for search-and-rescue instead.  And he's been helping first responders in Houston.


5.  Another brewery stopped making beer to bottle drinking water instead.  Oskar Blues makes Dale's Pale Ale and a few other beers.  They're sending about 90,000 cans of fresh water to the Houston area.  We'd already heard the makers of Budweiser and Miller Lite were doing the same.


6.  At least a dozen mosques in the Houston area have opened their doors to flood victims.  So they're now makeshift shelters for people who can't go home.


7.  The George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston is the biggest shelter people are going to.  Over 9,000 people have been staying there.  And a guy dressed as Spider-Man showed up on Tuesday.  So it was a nice distraction for some of the kids.


8.  A surgeon in Houston left his house while it was flooding the other day when he heard a 16-year-old kid needed a major surgery, and he was the only one who could do it.  He drove part of the way to the hospital.  Then he hopped in a canoe with two firefighters, and walked the last MILE in waist-deep water to get there. 


9.  We heard this week that a bunch of companies were donating a million dollars or more to help out.  Now Verizon is stepping up with a HUGE donation of $10 million. 


10.  And the USDA has decided to waive its application process for free lunches at public schools in Houston.  So when kids finally do go back, their parents won't have to worry about paying.  All 218,000 kids will get three meals a day for free all year.

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