Hurricane Harvey is one of the worst hurricanes ever to make landfall in the United States, tied only with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical storm on record. Harvey inflicted over $125 billion in damage, much of it in the Houston area. The widespread flooding caused by Harvey left 336,000 people without power, took the lives of 103 people, and displaced over 30,000 people. To help preserve the stories of the thousands of Houstonians affected by this historic hurricane, several groups and organizations around Houston are joining forces to open the Houston Flood Museum.
The Houston Flood Museum wants to hear your story. The museum will launch a “Stories from the Storm” series which will collect video and audio stories from citizens in the Houston area who were affected by the storm and subsequent flooding. Interested Houstonians can fill out a Google form on the museum’s website and choose to add their submissions to the separate Harvey Memories Project led by Rice University, Houston Public Library, Harris County Public Library, and the University of Houston Libraries.
“My hope or ambition for this project is that it’s a think tank, but with art,” says Founding Director Lacy Johnson. “With creative work, in the way that art is a form that research can take that we’re thinking through policy and working on people’s imaginations and compassion for one another. In the long run, we’ll expand the scope to the Gulf Coast, forward and backward in time, and perhaps look more broadly and globally.”
It’s not only Harvey the museum is interested in, though. The museum will include all of Houston’s biggest floods including the Tax Day Flood of 2016, the Memorial Day Flood of 2015, and this year’s own Independence Day Flood. If you’re interested in sharing your story, make your voice heard. The Houston Flood Museum seeks to gather the experiences of public figures and community members alike.