I was in Houston for work only for a few hours. I hired a Lyft driver and went to different parts of Houston a week after Hurricane Harvey devastated 4th largest city in the U.S.
I took a load from Atlanta to Shiner, Texas, a small town two hours West of Houston. I managed my timing in a way so that I could see Houston for a bit. I parked my truck at a truck stop just outside of Houston on the east side. My Lyft driver Khai came to pick me up and I went to see the Buffalo Bayou first. Although some parts were still under water, life seemed as if nothing happened in downtown Houston.
I went to the NRG Stadium where thousands of residents seek shelter. With the help of director of communications, Fred, I was able to chat with a couple guests. Understandably, most did not want to be photographed. I also was not allowed to photograph the sleeping quarters, guests getting haircut by the entrance etc. It was VERY limited access and I understand/respect that.
I only had 20 minutes inside which most of was spent talking to residents.
After I left the stadium, Khai took me to a Vietnamese restaurant where he could talk to the owner in their language. Grabbed a quick bite to eat and I was off to a neighborhood not far from Houston Hobby Airport. Although the streets were all dry, almost every single house flooded and had their damaged belongings out on the sidewalk for garbage truck to pick up.
It was getting dark and one of the places I wanted to see was far away, I already wasted a lot of time in rush hour traffic which was "worse than normal" according to Khai due to many roads still being closed due to flooding. I wanted to go see the Arkema Chemical plant where some controlled explosions took place, 9 law enforcement officers hospitalized due to inhaling fumes. Residents living about two miles radius were evacuated before the fire and explosions. In the "non-mainstream media" the plant was accused of hiding behind a loophole in state law and not disclosing the amount and type of chemicals they had on site. By the time I arrived there it was already pitch black outside, there were no residents I could talk to, tight security on the front gate. I was only able to take a photo of the second gate from my car window for the memories. You can read the titles of each photo for more info.