Hurricane Harvey ravaged Southeast Texas in the last days of August, and Galveston County Daily News photographers and reporters were in the thick of it.
Daily News staff worked hundreds of hours and took thousands of photos during and after the storm. Some of the journalists were stuck in their homes, others waded into floodwaters and all of them navigated debris to get the stories of the people who were affected.
Some of that work is featured in a 160-page book, “Harvey: Galveston County, Texas,” showing the storm through the eyes of the photographers. That book is now available for purchase online.
“Events such as the floods of Hurricane Harvey are strange in that they are awful, but they also are important milestones in people’s lives,” Daily News Editor Michael A. Smith said. “They are events that people want to remember. That was the point of this project — to give people who experienced these historical floods something to keep and look back at in years to come.”
Daily News editors sorted through thousands of photographs to choose the 175 that are featured in the book. The photos show Harvey victims, rescuers and relief workers from communities across the county.
“I’m proud of the result,” Smith said. “It records the great work Daily News staffers did under challenging circumstances, but, more importantly, it chronicles the strength, resiliency and, often, heroism of Galveston County residents during an extremely trying time.”
The Daily News produces many publications in addition to the daily newspaper. Those include Coast Monthly, a glossy magazine dedicated to coastal life and culture, and Connection, a free monthly newspaper covering League City, Kemah and Clear Lake Shores areas.
The newspaper has published other books before, including a pictorial book after Hurricane Ike that was released in 2008.
A portion of the sales from the most recent book will be donated to the Galveston County Relief Fund and to The Salvation Army of Galveston County.