Like many Americans you might be glued to your TV or social media, watching for updates on Hurricane Harvey. This massive storm that has inundated the Gulf Coast region of the United States has brought historic flooding and sadly, loss of life. Its strength has brought devastation not seen in Houston in decades and the people of Texas have banded together, trying to help one another through this trying time. Most of the rest of the country, however, is left feeling helpless to do anything about the tragic situation.
The front line of the storm is populated with not only residents of the area, but also the relief workers and reporters who willfully gone into the thick of it to help the people affected, and tell their stories. The National Guard, Fema, and the Red Cross have all converged on the area, en mass, all looking to lend a helping hand. There are also those sent into the storm to tell the rest of us what is going on. The Weather Channel sent multiple correspondents to Gulf Coast in order to give an accurate look at what is going on there. One of those reporters tried his hardest to remain professional but just couldn’t do it when reporting from one of the hardest hit areas.
These reporters who stand out in all kinds of conditions to allow you and I to see what is happening, but sometimes there’s something even more important than standing and looking into the camera. Paul Goodloe found himself in one of those situations when he was reporting from outside a school in Rockport where a flag had been ripped right out of the sky and was lying with debris near where Goodloe and his crew were filming. While he tried to just go by it, his patriotism wouldn’t be silenced, and he had to do something about it.