In the week that followed Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, photographers on the ground in Texas and Louisiana documented the staggering aftermath, including crowded shelters full of evacuees, the tireless efforts of emergency workers, and the return of residents to assess the damage from an event described by the National Weather Service as “unprecedented.” (These photos go in reverse chronological order from Friday, Sept. 1 back in time to Friday, August 25, 2017.)

Friday, Sept. 1

Members of a National Guard Special Forces team were exhausted after conducting multiple rescue missions in Vidor, Tex. Credit Erin Trieb for The New York Times

Danny Staten, whose family was without electricity, held a flashlight while a National Guard Special Forces team offered help at his home in Vidor, Tex. Credit Erin Trieb for The New York Times
A member of a National Guard Special Forces unit carried Lilly Presson, 4, from a military vehicle to an evacuation center after helping her family escape from rising floodwaters in Vidor, Tex. Credit Erin Trieb for The New York Times 
A Houston Housing Authority residence for older adults. The water there rose nearly five feet. Credit Julie Turkewitz/The New York Times 
Photos were among the items being salvaged as Houston residents cleaned out their homes. Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times
A neighborhood in Beaumont, Tex., which saw record-breaking floodwaters. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times
A flooded home was gutted on Friday in the Whispering Oaks neighborhood of Houston. Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times
Walking through a Beaumont neighborhood. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times
Volunteers from a church helped to clean out Richard Peng’s flooded home in Houston. Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times

Thursday, Aug. 31

Floodwater surrounded homes in Beaumont, Tex. on Thursday. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times. Technology by Samsung.
Members of the Air Force 41st Rescue Squadron searching a heavily flooded area of Beaumont, Tex. Credit Christopher Lee for The New York Times
Flooding outside Beaumont, Tex. Credit Christopher Lee for The New York Times
Debris from the storm outside a home in Houston. Credit Andrew Burton for The New York Times
The Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, La. has been converted into a shelter for evacuees. Credit Edmund D. Fountain for The New York Times
Floodwater surrounded homes in Beaumont, Tex. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times. Technology by Samsung.
Patty Perez in the flooded yard of her home in Crosby, Tex. Credit Andrew Burton for The New York Times
Floodwater drained across Louisiana Highway 397. Credit Edmund D. Fountain for The New York Times
A special forces team and soldiers from the First Battalion, 143rd Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard rode through Port Arthur on their way to a rescue mission. Credit Erin Trieb for The New York Times
Latrisa Payne, center, waited in the storage facility of a Sears in Port Arthur for a helicopter to take her to a hospital for dialysis treatment. Credit Erin Trieb for The New York Times
The line for the Port Arthur Walmart wrapped around the building. The store, one of only a few businesses open in Port Arthur, was allowing a limited number of customers in at a time. Credit Erin Trieb for The New York Times
Joseph Perez helped carry his mother’s possessions out of her flooded home in Crosby, Tex. Credit Andrew Burton for The New York Times
Devon Archie arrived as his father, Curtis Manning, surveyed the damage to his home in northeast Houston. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
A flooded road and farm fields outside Crosby, Tex. Credit Andrew Burton for The New York Times
The 1st Battalion (Airborne), 143rd Infantry Regiment of the Texas Army National Guard prepared for the day after spending the night on the floor of a Walmart in Port Arthur. Credit Erin Trieb for The New York Times
Lance Leibole and John Lee took pictures of the submerged Sam Houston Tollway in Houston. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times 
National Guard soldiers rested in a pontoon boat after hours of overnight rescue missions in Port Arthur, Tex. Credit Erin Trieb for The New York Times
National Guard soldiers transported a woman from a home for the elderly to an ambulance in Port Arthur, Tex. Credit Erin Trieb for The New York Times
A woman in waist-deep water during the early morning hours in Port Arthur, Tex. Credit Erin Trieb for The New York Times

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Amy Moody, 10, amid her grandparents’ personal effects in the Meyerland area of Houston. Amy’s grandparents, Martha and Roland Elder, have lived in the home for 48 years. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
The remains of Spanky’s Liquor store in Port Aransas, Tex. Credit Christopher Lee for The New York Times
A home in Port Aransas that had fallen from its foundation. Credit Christopher Lee for The New York Times
A city appraisal office in Rockport, Tex., sustained heavy damage. Credit Christopher Lee for The New York Times
Hugh Stouffer, a surveyor with Presidio Roofing, took pictures of a gift shop in Port Aransas, Tex. Credit Christopher Lee for The New York Times
Downed power lines in Port Aransas, Tex. Credit Christopher Lee for The New York Times
Civilian search and rescue crews, law enforcement officials, evacuees, civilians and journalists crowded the staging area of a mandatory evacuation in Houston. Credit Andrew Burton for The New York Times
Special Response agents and a Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue team discussed their objectives ahead of a mission to reach people around Lake Houston. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
Damage at the Island of the Son church, outside Port Aransas, Tex. Credit Christopher Lee for The New York Times
Maryum Rah and friends helped to clean the home of their friend Tahirah Ali in the Meyerland area of Houston. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Abby Gibb, left, and Anna Camfield, right, caught tadpoles in the floodwater at Donovan Park. Credit Barbara Davidson for The New York Times
Volunteers helped residents sandbag their homes in northwest Houston. Credit Barbara Davidson for The New York Times
Marcelina Gomez helped clean out a home in the Meyerland area of Houston. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
A semi-submerged home in the flooded Energy Corridor neighborhood of Houston. Credit Andrew Burton for The New York Times
Members of the National Guard were briefed before heading into the heart of flooding in Orange, Tex. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Guadalupe Ramirez, a Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue agent, jumped into a connector boat during a mission to the community around Lake Houston. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
Manny Moore, a rescue specialist, responded to 911 calls in the Walkers Mark complex of Houston. Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times
Gerald Sam embraced his 1-year-old son, Gavir, as they tried to sleep at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. Mr. Sam and his wife have spent two days in the shelter with their four children. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Tuesday, Aug. 29

Spc. Brandon Tooley waded through water to escort evacuees from an apartment complex in West Houston. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Bernice Emerge, of Houston, teared up while praying during an evening service at Woodlands Church, which is being used as a shelter. Credit Barbara Davidson for The New York Times
Flooded cars in an apartment complex parking lot in Humble, Tex. Credit Edmund D. Fountain for The New York Times
Bob Martin slept alongside his wife, Anecita, at Woodlands Church, after their family home was flooded in Houston. Credit Barbara Davidson for The New York Times
A truck carrying dozens of rescued residents drove through a flooded street below the Katy Freeway. Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times
People reacted to seeing sunlight for the first time since Friday through the windows of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
A flooded car on Kuykendahl Road in Houston. Credit Edmund D. Fountain for The New York Times
Civilian search and rescue workers in Houston rescued people from the parking garage of an apartment complex after their neighborhood flooded. Credit Andrew Burton for The New York Times
Steve O. Casey packed medicine for his wife while evacuating from his home in Houston. Credit Andrew Burton for The New York Times
Donkeys and cattle were herded by Trey Holladay, a civilian search and rescue worker, through a suburban neighborhood west of Houston after the area became flooded by an overflowing reservoir. Credit Andrew Burton for The New York Times
Aaron Elizade held his nephew, Landon Schumaker, 2, after evacuating an apartment complex in West Houston. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Castiel Torres, 3, was helped off his roof by a family friend, Dagoberto Ordonez, and into a waiting boat in Houston. Credit Barbara Davidson for The New York Times
Gallery Furniture opened its stores to National Guard soldiers and civilians who needed shelter. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
National Guard soldiers slept at Gallery Furniture in the Houston suburb of Richmond. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
FEMA cargo trailers filled with bottled drinking water sit on the tarmac of Randolph Air Force Base near Seguin, Tex. Credit Christopher Lee for The New York Times
Travis Tower in downtown Houston was empty on Tuesday morning as the rain fell. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Monday, Aug. 28

Spc. Jaxen Halicke of the National Guard during an evacuation mission in Katy, Tex.CreditAlyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Buc-ee’s, a popular convenience chain in Texas, offered its new store in Katy as a staging point for emergency workers.Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Frank Weido was rescued from his home by the National Guard in Katy, Tex. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Members of the National Guard had brisket sandwiches at a convenience store in Katy, Tex., after responding to evacuation calls in the area. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Karen Preston was carried to safety after evacuating her flooded neighborhood on the outskirts of Houston. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
Volunteer rescuers helped to evacuate people stranded by floodwaters near Bush Airport. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team members, of the Utah Task Force 1, met at the end of the day at the Miller Career and Technology Center after an all-day mission in Katy, Tex. Credit Barbara Davidson for The New York Times
Dayvon Williams, 5, and Zariah Williams, 4, waited to check in at the temporary shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
A member of the Coast Guard prepared to load a boat that was used for search and rescue operations onto a trailer after floodwaters receded in the Houston area of Bellaire. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
The Colorado River crested in La Grange, Tex., covering much of the highway on Monday morning. Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times
Susie Williams, a volunteer from Memphis, spoke with a young girl at a temporary shelter at the George R. Brown Center in Downtown Houston. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Sunday, Aug. 27

Sherri Thomas, her son Brandon and their dog Jaba sheltered under a tarp while waiting to be bused to a shelter. Credit
Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Floodwaters continued to rise in Houston. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Dusk in Houston’s Meyerland area on Sunday night. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Helicopters evacuated people from Houston’s Meyerland area as the water continued to rise. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Rescue workers and civilians waited for emergency crews in the Meyerland area of Houston. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Aransas Bay was visible through a destroyed home in Rockport, Tex. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
Sgt. Nicholas Carson with the National Guard out of San Angelo, near Interstate 610 in Houston. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
From left, Emma Boothe, Michael Schlabach, Greg Boothe and Janet Grayson helped evacuate a town celebrity: Gladys Demerson, 90, from her home in La Grange, Tex. Ms. Demerson was Michael’s third-grade teacher and “everyone loves her,” Ms. Grayson said. Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times

 

The remnants of a kitchen stood among heavily storm-damaged homes and apartment complexes in Rockport. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

Pedestrians in Houston trying to leave the city along Interstate 610. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Lt. Zach West, at center, mapped out a path while at a gas and supplies stop in Wharton, Tex., for the National Guard to make its way into Houston. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Saturday, August 26

A small herd of longhorn cattle waded through a flooded field miles outside of Rockport. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

A destroyed motor home on State Highway 188. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
Colin McBurney, 16, leading Stew, a horse belonging to a friend, into a stable on her Rockport property. It escaped through a storm-damaged fence. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
Selah Trotter, 8, leapt over a downed utility line in her Rockport neighborhood as she walked home with her mother, Felicia Murphy, and siblings Harmony, 9, and Craig, 7, after surveying nearby damage. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
A heavily damaged hotel in Rockport. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
Lucas Garcia at his home in Refugio, Tex. He and other family members rode out Hurricane Harvey in a single room. Credit Olivia Vanni/The Victoria Advocate, via Associated Press
Bob Albin, a parishioner, surveyed the damage to the First Baptist Church in Rockport, where Hurricane Harvey tore off a wall to the church’s choir room. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
A tree felled by Hurricane Harvey in Victoria, Tex. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Rebecca Canales, right, and her daughters Sabrina Chaves and Leyla Chaves observed the damage in Victoria. Harvey passed through the southern Texas city Friday night. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Lt. Javier Quiroga of the Brownsville Fire Department walked between two AmBuses, which have the ability to transport up to 20 patients lying down. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Friday, August 25

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Friday night. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

Birds along the Corpus Christi shoreline before Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
An Exxon Mobil pipeline along the Houston Ship Channel. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
The Corpus Christi shoreline hours before Hurricane Harvey’s expected landfall. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
Steve Muguerza, a Corpus Christi native, raised a camera to his eye as rain and heavy winds battered the city’s shoreline. Credit Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
A roadside sign in Houston warned drivers of Hurricane Harvey’s approach. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
Refineries along the Houston Ship Channel as the hurricane approached. Credit Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
A NASA photograph taken from the cupola module of the International Space Station showed Hurricane Harvey approaching Texas. Credit NASA

 

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