Stories from the Storm

11 EpisodesProduced by Houston Public Media

Nearly one year later, community leaders, public servants, and everyday Houstonians reflect on Hurricane Harvey and how the storm changed their lives – from the way they define community to how they envision their future and the future of Houston. On the verge of another hurricane season, people sha… read more

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Phil Bedient + Jim Blackburn

July 30th, 2018


Rice University professors Phil Bedient and Jim Blackburn view Hurricane Harvey as a pivotal event for Houston – a wake-up call to rethink our relationship with nature and our understanding of climate change; and an …

Jennifer & Briana Blake + Zaragoza “Trey” Salinas

July 27th, 2018


Jennifer Blake’s daughter Briana has special needs and specialized medical equipment since a car accident left her paralyzed. As flood waters rose, Jennifer, her family and their caregiver Trey stayed on the move - …

Pastor Tony Pittman + Porfirio ‘Pilo’ Deleon

July 25th, 2018


After Harvey, Pastor Tony Pittman organized a team of volunteers to distribute food and materials in the South Houston neighborhood around his …

Teacher Erica Kang + Student Bitia Alanis

July 23rd, 2018


During the storm, Houstonians came together to help one another and discovered the real meaning of community. When Erica Kang, a teacher at Houston’s Yes Prep Southeast campus, discovered that one of her students was …

Jonathan Beitler + Melissa Lee

July 20th, 2018


Immediately after the flood, people across Houston gathered to distribute food and supplies. Jonathan Beitler and the Midtown Kitchen Collective in …

Chief Art Acevedo + Sheriff Ed Gonzalez

July 18th, 2018


Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez were both new to their roles as the region’s top law enforcement officials …

Dean Gladden + Perryn Leech

July 16th, 2018


The managing directors of the Alley Theatre and Houston Grand Opera talk about going downtown after the storm and discovering the damage to Houston’s …

Karen Walrond + Alexis Jennings

July 13th, 2018


Karen Walrond, her husband, and daughter live in the Memorial Bend neighborhood of Houston, near Buffalo Bayou. After evacuating and then returning to their home to begin clean up, Karen was nearly trapped by the …

Mayor Turner + Judge Ed Emmett

July 11th, 2018


Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett talk about working together to respond to Harvey, how previous storms helped prepare them, and the lessons learned from Harvey. Part 2 of 10-part series, …

Jim McIngvale + Anthony Lebedzinski

July 9th, 2018


The founder of Gallery Furniture, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, and store manager Anthony Lebedzinski tell the story of how Gallery Furniture came to be a place of refuge during Hurricane Harvey, including harrowing …

Stories from the Storm Trailer

July 3rd, 2018


Hurricane Harvey was the nation’s worst rainstorm, forcing local and state leaders to rethink long-term flood mitigation plans and solutions. During …

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