These Before-and-After Hurricane Harvey Photos Show The Absolutely Devastating Flooding in Houston

This is unreal.

Houston Before and After
Image: YouTube/streetreporter

Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland since 2004, and viral photos taken before and after the powerful storm show its horrendous devastation.

One YouTube user merged two images of the Buffalo Bayou, a slow-moving river that flows through Houston, into the harrowing GIF below:

Other aerial shots show massive flooding throughout the city.

Weather Channel executive producer Matthew Sitkowski described the image of an overpass completely submerged in multiple feet of water as “surreal.” 

Late Friday night, Harvey made landfall between the Texas coastal cities of Port Aransas and Port O’Connor as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest to hit the U.S. since Charley in 2004. It was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday morning.

The Weather Channel reports that parts of the southeast Houston metro area have received more than 30 inches of rain since Thursday evening. Experts say that total rainfall accumulation could reach 50 inches in some areas by the end of the week.

Eight deaths have been reported so far and thousands have been displaced from their homes. The total damage caused remains to be seen.

Organizations such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, Save The Children, the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Heart to Heart International are all taking donations to send volunteers and supplies as part of the disaster relief effort.

Stay safe out there, Houston. We’re thinking about you.  

h/t: New York Post