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From Homes to Refineries, Finding Pollution and Loss in Harvey’s Path

From Homes to Refineries, Finding Pollution and Loss in Harvey’s Path

Mobil station with floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey

Getting there was no easy matter. I was forced to drive west in the eastbound lane of the interstate because the lanes I should have been driving in were flooded up to the top of the highway divider. All the while, I tried not to worry about the water rushing through cracks in the cement divider, which had the potential to give way.

Parts of Vidor were only accessible by boat or in a high-clearance vehicle. I hitched a ride in a monster truck, which pushed water over cars stuck in the floodwaters as we passed by a Mobil gas station, also submerged. I noted the irony considering ExxonMobil’s history of funding climate science denial and Harvey’s intensity tied to climate change.

Mobil gas station underwater in Vidor, Texas
Mobil gas station in Vidor, Texas, on August 31.

A Texas house flooded up to the roof
Home in Vidor, Texas, flooded up to its roof.

People and a dog in a motor boat navigate the flooded streets of Vidor, Texas

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