Hurricane Harvey in pictures

Hurricane Harvey, which dumped some 50 inches of rainfall on southeast Texas, forced 44,000 people to flee to emergency shelters. In the midst of the catastrophe, volunteers and first responders — including police, firefighters and medical personnel — swung into action, rescuing people and livestock throughout the affected areas.

President Trump, paying tribute to the relief efforts of volunteers, said: “We’re one American family brought together in times of tragedy by the unbreakable bonds of love and loyalty that we have for one another. … Nowhere is our unity more evident than in the actions of our volunteer and charitable organizations that rally to their neighbors’ aid when disaster strikes.”

Following are images from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, offering glimpses of devastation, resilience and everyday heroism.


Flooded street with people and boats (© AP Images)
In Houston, rescue boats help flood victims evacuate as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey rise. (© AP Images)

Category 4 storm

A man walking through floodwaters near electric poles leaning from wind damage (© Adrees Latif/Reuters)
A man walks through floodwaters and onto the main road in Rockport, Texas, after surveying his property, which was hit by Hurricane Harvey. (© Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Looking for survivors

Firefighter with hand on his head standing in front of demolished building (© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A firefighter wipes his face as he searches for survivors at an apartment complex in Rockport, Texas. (© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)


People standing in garage in floodwaters (© Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
People wait to be rescued from their flooded home in Houston after the area was inundated. (© Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Man walking though hallway of house in waist-deep water (© Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
Matthew Koser looks for important papers and heirlooms inside his grandfather’s Houston house. (© Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Dangerous rescue

Aerial view of flood and people in need of rescue (© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
People are rescued and brought to shore as floodwaters surround houses and apartment complexes in Houston. (© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

To safety

Man carrying woman and baby through floodwaters (© AP Images)
Houston police officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son Aiden after rescuing them from their home, surrounded by floodwaters. (© AP Images)


Elderly woman being helped through floodwaters (© Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Volunteer rescue workers help an elderly woman from her home, which was inundated by flooding in Port Arthur, Texas. (© Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Large truck carrying people to safety through floodwaters (© Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Evacuees ride on a truck after being forced from their homes by the flooding in Port Arthur, Texas. (© Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Man walking horses to safety through floodwaters (© Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Marine veteran Jeremy Reed, with the Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma, helps rescue horses from floodwaters in Orange, Texas. (© Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Piles of damaged contents of houses lining the street curb (© Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Residents of Dickinson, Texas, discard possessions damaged by flooding. (© Win McNamee/Getty Images)


Man in Santa hat comforting a woman in a shelter (© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Giles Debenport, left, of Lone Star Santas Charities, kisses evacuee Amber Bransom, right, at an evacuation center in Houston. (© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Safe passage

Man using pool float to transport child to safety across floodwaters (© Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
People make their way down partially flooded roads in Galveston, Texas. (© Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

ShareAmerica staff writer Lauren Monsen contributed to this photo gallery.