Days after Hurricane Harvey left South Texas reeling from the most economically damaging storm in history, farmers, ranchers, merchants, citizens and anyone with property, family or interests in the region began to see how destructive the storm was.
Many were both thankful and amazed at the outpouring of support from across the nation as volunteers came in to clear debris, deliver donated hay and other needed supplies to ranchers, businesses, residents, and others to help in the massive logistics task of finding housing and other immediate needs for thousands of displaced residents.
The area is beginning what will be a long—maybe years—process of clearing, rebuilding and starting over, but none doubt the courage and the will to carry on. Farm folk may not be accustomed to tragedy this bad, but their resilience will go a long way toward surviving for now and thriving in years ahead.
Southwest Farm Press correspondent Logan Hawkes captures some of the devastation as well as images of hope in these photos.