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Letters from flood-ravaged Texas

Water is seen building up in a Houston-area gas station parking lot. Photo courtesy of Vanity Walden1 / 3
Rain water streams from a gutter at Vanity Walden's North Houston home earlier his week. Hurricane Harvey brought feet of rain and historic flooding to Texas communities. Photo courtesy of Vanity Walden2 / 3
Vanity Walden said the local constables set up check points around the area, including one of them at her local Walmart. The constables were stationed outside and inside at every cash register to ensure no looting or theft occurred. Photo courtesy of Vanity Walden3 / 3

As the nation watched the tragedy in Texas and Louisiana unfold this week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Lacy Hayes of Red Wing was getting regular updates and photographs from her sister living the flood-ravaged Houston area.

Minnesota native Vanity Walden, who lives in North Houston with her husband and two children, wrote in an email Wednesday night, Aug. 30, that it rained every day until around 4 p.m. Tuesday, when the sun finally came out.

Though her home was spared, she said surrounding neighborhoods were impacted by the historic flooding.

"Our city is in distress, and so many people are returning home to nothing," Walden wrote.

The American Red Cross is taking donations for hurricane relief at

Photos courtesy of Lacy Hayes and Vanity Walden

Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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