Houston cleanup has little crime and lots of helping hands
HOUSTON - For many people in the Houston area, the real takeaway from Hurricane Harvey has not been misery, but kindness.
In the storm's aftermath, the generosity takes many forms: Neighbors wading through the floodwaters with elderly residents in their arms. Boaters going door to door to rescue strangers of every race. Impromptu barbeque feasts for weary refugees. People lined up for a block outside a downtown shelter to volunteer.
The crime and opportunism that often follow big storms has been a notable non-factor, at least for now. That's a contrast with the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina, when reports of gunfire, looting and violence proliferated in New Orleans.
Rescue crews from other states say this cleanup has been friendlier than others they have seen.