Some of the most inspiring rescues we’ve seen in Houston have been neighbors helping neighbors.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
August 28, 2017

As Americans nationwide band together to help show support for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, social media has given us a glimpse of the incredible efforts of heroic citizens already on the ground in Houston.

We’ve seen KHOU news crews help save a semitrailer truck driver trapped in the rising floods by flagging down Harris County sheriff’s deputies for help. We’ve seen regular folks jumping into kayaks to usher those in need to safety. Even talk show host Montel Williams took to Twitter to express gratitude for good samaritans rescuing his wheelchair-bound colleague with canoes. Two brothers and their father from Austin came to Houston on no sleep with their personal boats to help with the flood rescues.

The common thread in all of these powerful snippets from social media is the contagious kindness of strangers doing what they can to pitch in—however they can.

Perhaps a CNN instagram video captures the spirit of Texans best. A reporter asks a good samaritan from Texas City who brought his boat in Houston, “Just jumping in to help out? …What are you gonna do? “I’m gonna go try to save some lives,” he humbly replies without skipping a beat.

Watch the video above to see some of the most inspiring acts we’ve seen, and scroll down to see each in full below.

As many of you know, KHOU 11 News was evacuated due to flooding. That meant my photographer Mario and I were the only ones left on air for ... well ... I don't even know how long. The #KHOU11 signal cut out just as Harris County Sheriff's Office crews got their rescue boat in the water to pull a semi driver out of his flooded cab. I've had SO many people asking if he made it out OK and I wanted to share the video. (We kept going and rolling until the camera's battery died, not knowing we'd been knocked off the air.) They pull him out around the 4:40 mark. THANK GOD for that crew.

Posted by Brandi Smith KHOU on Sunday, August 27, 2017

Our hearts go out to everyone in Texas. For more information on how you can get involved, read our guide here.