2 Burglars Shot During Hurricane Harvey Flooding

When a natural disaster hits, some people will attempt to take advantage of other’s helplessness. These folks in Texas weren't so helpless.

The flooding in the Houston area could reach historic levels.
The flooding in the Houston area could reach historic levels.photo from washingtonpost.com

When a natural disaster hits, as we’ve seen in the past, some low people will attempt to take advantage of other’s helplessness. The story has played out the same for the state of Texas, still in the grip of the devastating effects from Hurricane Harvey—but two alleged burglars found their intended victims not so helpless.

According to this story from tribunist.com, a man was shot in a Southside home in Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday about an hour after the hurricane made landfall.

Police say the man broke into a home and found the homeowner present and armed. The intruder was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline with a gunshot wound to the head. The story says the man’s condition is unknown and his identity hasn’t been released.

The Houston Chronicle reports that another, similar incident occurred in Houston on Saturday around 3 a.m. The story says a person attempted to enter a hoe on Avenue T and was subsequently shot and killed by an unidentified individual in the home. Authorities, who have their hands full at the moment, are investigating the incident and have not released any further details.

The storm made landfall as a Category 4 storm, bringing 130 mph winds and up to 50 inches of rain in some locations, leading to historic flooding in America’s fourth largest city. It is the first major hurricane to hit the U.S. in 12 years.

President Trump is expected to visit Texas tomorrow according to this story from theguardian.com. Coastal Texas began cleaning up from the storm as the storm moved inland, bringing so much rain that residents have been advised to climb to their rooftops rather than take refuge in attics unless they had "an axe or means to break through" the roof if they need rescue.

More than 6.5 million people live in the region. Several deaths have been reported, but no official numbers have been released as of yet. As of Monday, 3,000 national guard and state guard troops had been activated and 500 vehicles and 14 aircraft put into service. There have been 250 highway closures around Texas, the story says.

It's estimated that the storm could force as many as 30,000 people into shelters, the Washington Post says.