District employees support disaster relief efforts
Valerie W. Higdon (center), Portland District program analyst and U.S. Coast Guard Reserve public affairs specialist: From Aug. 29 – Sept. 6, I responded to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard to Port Arthur, Texas, one of the places hit by flooding. While on a search and rescue mission, I took photographs of Coast Guard members saving seven dogs that garnered national attention. There were places where I saw houses flooded to their attics and cars completely submerged. We motored over traffic signs, saw coffins emerging from their plots in cemeteries and ducked under power lines. Then, we'd be in places like it had been nothing more than a heavy rain that had passed. Nature does crazy things. I am being deployed, again, to Corpus Christi, Texas, to provide media support on pollution response, which is now being led by Environmental Protection Agency.

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