This magazine has always celebrated the beauty and the people of the upper Texas coast. “Easy Living, Texas Gulf Style,” is our motto. But there has been nothing easy about the past few weeks since Hurricane Harvey cut a path of destruction from Rockport to Beaumont, flooding thousands of houses in the immediate area.
Before the storm was even a blip on the radar, we were well into the October issue with plans to focus on beautiful homes and interior design.
But we put that project on pause and began to focus on the profound beauty exposed by the storm — a coastal community that came together like nothing we’ve ever seen.
Although we couldn’t possibly interview the hundreds of regular men and women, first responders and volunteers who stepped up to help in myriad ways, we dedicate this issue to all of them. On social and traditional media, some people described the spontaneous collaborative effort as the great “redneck rescue.” During and after Harvey, the word redneck, long derogatory, came to symbolize gallantry and resourcefulness in a time of crisis. But those have always been Texas traits. Men and women of every race, color and creed came to the rescue.
What played out during Harvey was scene after scene of people using their boats, personal watercraft and big trucks to rescue others trapped in their badly flooded neighborhoods. Others called the group of private citizens who quickly came to the aid of neighbors and strangers the “Texas Navy.” And of course, our hats are off to everyone who came from out of state to help.
Whatever you call them, they’re heroes in our book.
Next month, we’ll resume our features on beautiful homes and design and all that makes the upper Texas coast a special place to live. In the meantime, we thank everyone who showed what it means to be a Texan. And our thoughts are with all of you who lost so much.