Texas has now received over a week of nearly non-stop torrential rains, hail, high winds, tornadoes and some of the most disastrous floods in recent history.
The torrential down pours have been experienced from Dallas to the Rio Grande Valley with the heaviest concentration in the Central Texas area of Austin/San Antonio and over to Houston.
The Central area of Texas has received over fifteen inches of rain within the last month making this past weeks torrential down pours even more prone to flooding.
This devastation has left thousands homeless and even more displaced from homes needing serious repair.
Hundreds of homes in the South Houston area were completely under water.
Roads in Central Texas are difficult to navigate with two hundred and eighty seven roads still under water and not passable; many bridges are out, some destroyed and several will take years to even be repaired or replaced.
Damns are close to breaking in some areas and lakes and rivers have almost reached their peak with many already spilling over and flooding entire communities.
Even the South East point of the Rio Grande River came close to reaching flood stage with flood warnings being posted.
There have been seventeen deaths from the flooding with forty still missing within the state of Texas and thirteen more deaths in Mexico.
For many inland residents it is some of the worst devastation they have ever seen.
Of course the East coast often experiences hurricanes and the panhandle and North Texas sit right in the midst of tornado alley but for Central Texas, the current disaster from the floods has weighed heavy on the loss of peoples possessions and troubled their minds.
Texans however, don’t quit and are some of the most resilient people this writer has ever known.
The communities don’t wait for FEMA or other governmental resources, they just get out there and do whatever needs to be done; neighbors helping neighbors, churches and communities assisting the homeless and those in need.
No matter the race, ethnicity, religion or political party, Texans work together to get things done.
In the midst of this calamity, it is truly a beautiful thing to see Texans working together; to quote a popular Texas saying, “Texas does it right”.
Meanwhile, with torrential rains still falling in many places, damns at their breaking point, rivers, lakes and tributaries overflowing, many people continue hoping to hear word on their missing friends and family.
As the entire area tries to clean up and recover however, President Obama and The Reverend Al Sharpton are wasting no time to use this disaster as an opportunity for political talking points.
President Obama “coincidentally” speaking from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida tells the nation that he will direct FEMA to help the victims of the Texas floods but goes on to emphasize that this is an example of and a result of “Climate change”.
Al Sharpton who has no love lost for Texas, ask his radio show listeners and Twitter followers, ”if the rains were due to climate control or is it God’s rebuke?”
As is the case with everyone in the Obama Administration and Obama supporters (such as Sharpton), the ongoing theme has always been, “Never let a good crisis go to waste” and so they have not.
It is unfortunate that in the midst of this catastrophe which has seen fourteen deaths, hundreds injured physically and financially and forty persons still missing, that the Obama administration continues to play politics.
Thank God for Texans, their persistence and independence which doesn’t rely on the Federal government for anything; they even try to keep as much of Washington out of their lives as possible.
Texas takes care of its own which is one of the reasons Governor Gregg Abbott has declared a state of emergency in seventy Texas counties which not only makes the people of these counties eligible for FEMA assistance but also special Texas state assistance as well as making it easier within these counties to get noticed by special relief agencies such as Catholic Charities, The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief just to mention a few.
As bad as this catastrophe is, Texas will survive and come back stronger than ever; it always has.
Texas survived some the worst Hurricanes such as Beulah, Tropical Storm Alison, Hurricane Ike, Hurricane Dolly in the Rio Grande Valley included in a Total of sixty nine hurricanes and tropical storms since 1980 as well as hundreds of tornadoes, oil spills, refinery fires and previous floods and Texas always comes back better than ever.
The emphasis at this point should not be the catastrophe itself but rather the people helping people and their process in getting back to normal.
As someone who has been through many catastrophes including Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and Hurricane Dolly in 2008, this writer knows the road to recovery can be long and tedious.
Sometimes the physical recovery is easier than the emotional and spiritual recovery which will be the subject of my next Christian Counseling article from the atombash.com.
© 2015 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III