During Hurricane Harvey, the staff of The Galveston County Daily News worked to cover the local communities devastated by the storm and its floodwaters.
A new, soon-to-be released book now aims to tell the story of the storm, as seen through the eyes of the newspaper’s photographers.
“Harvey: Galveston County, Texas,” is a 160-page book featuring photographs taken by Daily News staff in the days during and after the storm. The book is available for pre-order now.
“Honestly, I wish we were not doing this book,” said Leonard Woolsey, publisher of The Daily News. “This book symbolizes something dramatic has happened in our community. But the reality is this book is simply another step in the grieving process.”
The staff of four photographers worked hundreds of hours during the storm and its aftermath. Some of the photographers were stuck in their own homes, others waded into floodwaters and joined rescuers as they saved residents from their homes.
The book features photos of Harvey victims, rescuers and relief workers from communities across Galveston County.
Editors sorted through thousands of photographs to choose the 175 featured in the new book.
The book represents the work done by a staff of a newspaper that has persevered though hurricanes and other disasters for 175 years, Woolsey said.
“I am exceptionally proud of the team behind this book,” Woolsey said. “Everyone, from the photographers behind the cameras, the journalists in boats, and even the team making sure the newspaper delivery was uninterrupted during the storm.”
The Daily News publishes not only the daily newspaper, but other publications, including Coast Monthly and Connection, a monthly publication focused on the League City and Clear Lake 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 book will be donated to the Galveston County Relief Fund and to the Salvation Army of Galveston County.