The worst flood in Houston's history brought out the best in the city's workforce.
There are as many stories to illustrate this as there are people who acted: from high-water rescues that made news to the employees who reported for duty and performed countless hours in quieter but crucial, supportive roles, to those acting as a neighbor to anyone in need, donating money and clothes, removing sheetrock from a flooded home, making sandwiches for hungry victims and volunteers, lending a hand in myriad ways.
We value every city employee who contributed to the response during the flood and those who are now finding their role in the recovery. You are shining examples of generosity, kindness, and all of what it means to be a Houstonian.
We want to hear and share these stories. Tell us who inspired you, who helped you, and how you and your colleagues helped make #HoustonStrong. Submit your stories, kudos for colleagues, videos and photos. We will recognize individuals, departments or divisions, but specific names and scenarios of employees going the extra mile would be appreciated.
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HPD and HFD employees work together during high water rescues in West Houston. Photo courtesy of HPD.
HFD Firefighters respond to a fire in a flooded home. Photo courtesy of Station 49
HFD firefighters wade through chest-high waters to rescue residents.
Public Works and Engineering employee helps residents and pets out of a truck at the shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Photo courtesy of Public Works and Engineering.
HPD officers ride in a Public Works truck to safely travel through high water areas. Photo courtesy of Public Works and Engineering.
Public Works employees transport elderly on the high water barge.
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A Solid Waste Management employee speaks with media after collecting debris in the Kashmere Gardens area. Photo courtesy of Solid Waste Management.
HPD officers rescue a woman from high water and bring her wheelchair.
Department of Neighborhoods employees and volunteers participate in the Millennial Much Out with Ashley Turner.
An HPD officer wheels an elderly man into the shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Employees monitor traffic, weather conditions and emergency reports at the city’s Emergency Operation Center at the Houston Emergency Center.
Aerial view of the flooded Turkey Creek/West wastewater treatment plant. Photo courtesy of Public Works and Engineering.
Houston Health Department employees assist displaced residents at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Telecommunicators answered thousands of 911 emergency calls at the Houston Emergency Center. Photos courtesy of OEM
Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council members Amanda Edwards and Ellen Cohen light candles at the Hope for Harvey prayer vigil. Photo courtesy of Mayor’s Office of Communications
Housing and Community Development Department Director Tom McCasland gets a tetanus shot at the GRB. Photo courtesy of the Houston Housing and Community Development Department.
Mayor Sylvester Turner greets President Donald Trump after Air Force One arrived at Ellington Airport. Photo courtesy of Mayor’s Office of Communications.
Houston Parks and Recreation Department employees play games and entertain children of displaced families at the GRB shelter. Photo courtesy of Housing and Community Development Department
HPD officers read hand-written cards sent by elementary school students from North Dakota. Photo Courtesy of OEM
Solid Waste Supervisor Janice Simmons gives a warm embrace to an emotional resident as the crews remove childhood memories from the lawn of her parents’ home. Photo courtesy of Solid Waste Management Department.
North Dakota child card for EMT