Remembering Hurricane Harvey one year later [videos]

Gov. Abbott posted a timeline today commemorating the incredible effort made by state and local governments, individuals, relief groups, and others, to help in the aftermath of the greatest flooding event in U.S. history.

Hurricane Harvey touched down in the Houston area, pouring down rain for four days and nights straight.

Dark skies, constant thunder and lightening, it threatened nearly 50,000 square miles of Texas land and more than 8.8 million residents. It broke records for rainfall, flooding, and other records that the state and federal government have tracked for more than 100 years.

Gov. Abbott tweeted:

It generated one of the largest relief efforts in history.

Other groups shared people’s stories in “10,000 words” about surviving the greatest flooding event in U.S. history.

“It felt like we were in a war zone,” survivors said.

Kingwood wasn’t initially flooded when the rain from Hurricane Harvey started coming down. But after the San Jacinto River Authority made the decision to open the floodgates at Lake Conroe — a wave of water traveling at 80,000-cubic-feet-per-second poured into the community, according to KPRC.

News organizations are posting the most telling photos from one year ago:

Many animals and pets were displaced too. Rescue efforts were underway to save them.

Looking back, people tell their stories:

Thanks to everyone for helping keep #HoustonStrong:

“One thing Harvey could not destroy is the spirit of Texas,” Gov. Abbott said.

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