Signs of Dickinson
Signs of the times in Dickinson.
Hurricane Harvey devastated much of Texas Gulf Coast, especially Dickinson, a small town of around 20,000 that sits 10 feet above sea level and nine miles from Galveston Bay.
Harvey's record-breaking rainfall dropped more than 50 inches of rain, surging Dickinson Bayou out of its banks. The small town, known for its Texas historical roots, flashed across headlines as the city buckled to its knees. Just like across Texas, neighbors rescued neighbors when floodwater rushed to the rooftops of hundreds of homes.
80% of homes in the town were flooded, according to government estimates.
I traveled to the city several times in the weeks during Harvey's aftermath, once specifically to capture the signs around town, including some of the churches.
Here's what I found.
This one still worked!
But the church itself looked a lot worse.
Inside the sign.
Notice the dirt debris inside the sign? It's inside, behind the plastic.
A for sale sign for a four bedroom house sits on an empty lot with wreckage from a flooded house seen in the background.