These "Houston Strong" Tweets Pay Tribute To A City That's Stronger Than Ever
After Hurricane Harvey brought massive flooding to Houston over the weekend, Americans from across the nation showed their support for the flooded city with #HoustonStrong on Twitter. Messages ranged from well wishes to images of city residents being rescued by first responders. "All the first responders and citizens taking action to rescue people from the flooding, you are heroes," said Cleveland, OH, news anchor Katie Ussin, before adding #HoustonStrong to the end of her post.
On Friday, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm with winds of up to 130 m.p.h. Over the course of the night and during the day on Saturday, the storm weakened significantly; however, it still dump a deluge-amount of rain, flooding the streets of communities across Southeast Texas.
"Houston Strong" seems to be a new iteration of the phrase "Boston Strong," which became a popular sentiment across the nation after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. The Boston version of the saying even spawned a line of t-shirts. According to the t-shirt makers, the saying was based on a notion that then-President Barack Obama shared in his statement on the attack: that Boston is a special community, a particularly resilient community, and would be able to pull through the damage the bombing had caused.
And based on media reports of rescue operations, it seems like Houston is just as resilient a city as Boston has been — #HoustonStrong, indeed.
Some Tweeted Criticisms At President Donald Trump
In response to a TIME article estimating that after the flood damage, it could cost billions of dollars to restore Houston, one Twitter user suggested that Trump focus on rebuilding Houston rather than building his highly controversial wall along the Mexican-American border.
Others Had Even Harsher Words For The President
The president has tweeted breathlessly about Houston's situation — he seemed almost giddy when remarking on how historic the flooding is — but his commentary was interspersed with more political and controversial posts about issues like his plans to build a wall along the Mexican-American border.
Other Texans Admired Houston's Unity
For many, Texas is a place of highly controversial conservative politics (like the failed but much-discussed anti-transgender bathroom bill). However, some Texans felt that in this moment of recovery, Texas was showing its true character as Houston came together in post-Harvey efforts.