“Weathered, but not Beaten Texas”
Hurricane Harvey 2017
By artist Stacey Uffman Blanchard
I created the original painting of “Weathered, but not Beaten Texas” After watching the weather channel fearing that Louisiana may be struck again by flooding From Hurricane Harvey. It has only been one year since the Great Flood of 2016. Watching closely the storm decided to strike our neighboring state of Texas. I sat in awe as the storm went inland as a category 4 Storm. It devastated many Gulf Coast cities in its path. As it moved forward and leaving devastation behind it. The storm decided to sit over the huge city of Houston. Here we go again massive flooding and horrible memories of how the natives of Louisiana felt one year ago. Harvey drops nearly 50” of rain on a very populated city. The floodwaters did not discriminate; it flooded young, old, newborn babies, dogs, cats, Cows and corporate businesses. The flames in the piece show that even with all the water houses still were at risk of fire ,with water pressure being low it was almost impossible to put the fires out. The storm moves back in to the Gulf and then strikes again. The horror of the Texan people brings uncertainty and fear. They were clinging to their loved ones and a few personal belongings not really knowing what they will have left after the wrath of Hurricane Harvey. The droplets of water are the many tears shed over the loss of homes and belongings that the people of Texas have worked all of their lives for.
The people of Louisiana having some knowledge of what to do after their own experience jumped into action. The Cajun Navy geared up unselfishly. They left their wives and jobs to get their boats ready to head to Texas. Forming caravans the Cajun Navy headed out. Every boat and truck loaded with donations from people that have still not recovered themselves from the Flood of 2016. We know the road is long to recovery. We love thy neighbor and if we could make the pain go away we would. Texas will rebuild. We send our Love and know that it will get better. Our prayers go to all you and especially to the families who lost loved ones.
“God Bless Texas”
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