Instead, we are focusing on 2 major portions of recovery from this incident; sharing stories of the everyday heroes and continuing to be a resource through our wealth of knowledge through networking. What the latter really looks like is providing Houstonians with information on local businesses who provide the services and products that one may need. Looking for a cleaning service? We’ve got that. Need a mechanic to check out your vehicle? We’ve got that, too.
And, to focus more on the first part of the recovery piece; an area for sharing stories from the last week. Admittedly, this week mixes a bit of the first and second part, which you will soon see. But in the comments section, feel free to share your own stories as we all process through what has been Harvey and what will continue to be a new effort to restore Houston;
Our Social Media Manager, Ryan, lives on the southwestern edge of the Addicks Reservoir, just north of I10 near Barker Cypress. Aside from Social Media Duties for 2nd Pair of Hands, he runs his own social media branding company, Red Bandit Media as well as working for an Insurance Company from 9-5 on business days. As the storm approached, Ryan stocked up for what he thought would be similar to the “Tax Day” flooding in the area last year, causing maybe a day of the roads being impassable for sedan vehicles. However, by day 3 of the storm, with the waters continuing to rise, it was clear that unless one had a boat, this was going to be a longer ordeal that most had prepared for. Thankfully, in the specific apartment complex Ryan lives in, the apartment had not taken on water. But with extended news coverage discussing voluntary and mandatory evacuations, Ryan was stuck at the complex while the water continued to crest above even the previous year’s peaks. And hope which was built up like a wall to protect and bind on Friday night seemed depleted by Monday, even less by Tuesday morning.
But out of the angst and worry of a rising tide also was a call placed and answered. The call for what needed to be a rescue was made to Kathryn and Sybren van der Pol of Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage. Both Kathryn and Sybren answered in marvelous ways. The shop has a large Texas flag decorated school bus that Sybren drove from the Heights to the edge of Katy to attempt a rescue. When the water was so high that he was unable to escort Ryan from the apartment, Kathryn continued to pool for resources to lead to a successful evacuation. Inevitably, Ryan was evacuated by a military high water vehicle, but it was Sybren who was at the rally location (a second trip to the area) to escort Ryan safely to the shop.
Ryan took one photo of the shop as he arrived to safety and we just wanted to find a way to express our gratitude to the entire team at Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage (4610 N. Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas 77018). If you are in the area looking to make donation for Hurricane Harvey (They are filling the Big Texas bus!), need an oil change, or any service on your vehicle, we hope that you will join us in supporting this team who did not hesitate to answer the call for help with grace and who did not request a dime or thought in return.