HAVOC: Barges are secured by tugboats in the flood-swollen Burnet Bay along the Houston Ship Channel in the southeast of the US. Picture: APA Ballarat man has been caught up in floodingthat is devastatingthe UScity of Houston.
Tim Pope was based in the Texan metropolis for work before Tropical Storm Harvey hit this week.
“As an n that has seen fire and flood as well as being an ex-serviceman involved in disaster relief, I can say I have never witnessed anything like the current disaster in Houston,” he said.
“The easiest way to describe it would be to say most of Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat were either under flood or flood affected in some way.”
TROPICS: Ballarat man Tim Pope is staying in an apartment complex for work in flood-ravaged Texas as Tropic Storm Harvey wreaks havoc.
More than 500mm of rain has fallen over large swathes of the state, with some experts calling it a1-in-1000-year flood event.
The death toll climbed to at least 47 people by Friday afternoon.
But the community has rallied in the face of the disaster, Mr Pope said.
TROOPS: A US Border Patrol air boat moves through a neighbourhood inundated by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, where crews have rescued more than 450 trapped people this week. Picture: AP
A group of civilian volunteers formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina called the Cajun Navy has come to the aid, towing their boats from Louisiana to help flood victims.
“On a positive note, I have witnessed some of humanities finest moments,” Mr Pope said.
“They drove three to five hours from Louisiana, even though the hurricane was heading their way.
“They knew the risks in leaving their own are but saw the need to head to Houston and help their neighbours.
“I take my hat off to them.”
The Houston apartment complex Mr Pope was staying in had yet to be affected.
But there were fears about the release of excess water within reservoirs in the coming days.
Ballarat man Tim Pope