Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast are devastated. Never has an area been so blasted by so much rainfall in such a short amount of time – more rain than many places receive in an entire year.

Everyone in America, and much of the world, with a television or computer knows about the suffering of Houston. Our prayers go out to them, as well as our financial support, our manpower and anything we can do to help the millions of people left homeless and suffering.

Experts are predicting Hurricane Harvey will cost the economy $25-30 billion. Most of Houston is closed down due to the storm. Essentially the fifth largest economy in the United States is at a dead stop.

The infrastructure damage alone to Houston will be in the billions. Reports have come from all the national media outlets on the significant number of people in Houston without flood insurance. Thousands of homes will be impossible to salvage.

Oil refineries on the Gulf of Mexico make up nearly half of the nation's refining capacity. If these refineries are flooded, they will be difficult to repair and there will be gasoline shortages in our country. We are already seeing prices go up at the pump and thus our entire economy will be impacted.

Most likely the number of dead will not be really known until weeks after Houstonians are into the cleanup.

Of note, while the devastation is like a very scary movie, it's nothing like what we would face if one nuclear bomb fell on an American city similar to Houston. The loss of life, housing, industry and infrastructure would be far greater. Houston will be repaired and houses will be rebuilt. Rebuilding after a nuclear bomb would be a different story. Such a horrific act would create suffering across our nation like we have never felt before.

Houston is hurting and Americans are pulling together from non-profits, churches and helping hands from across America.

Once again it will be shown that the heart of America is helping each other. Americans do care about each other and want the best for our towns and our country.

Media lately have been highlighting all the tension between a few groups of people and hatred displayed by these groups. The vast majority of Americans may disagree and argue quite a bit. However, while Hurricane Harvey hurts our country, it will demonstrate once again that most Americans want the very best for each other.

We will pull together for Houston and the other neighboring towns. This is one reason why we are still The United States of America and the greatest country of all.

From the writing of Glenn Mollette, syndicated columnist and author of 12 books.


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