So the scale of Morrow’s distress, when he realized he would have to abandon his beloved animals, can only be imagined. In August 2017, Texas faced the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey. The tropical cyclone was so intense that it would cost 90 Americans their lives. And, with damages of almost $200 billion, it became the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history.
In just four days, the storm bombarded parts of Texas with more than 40 inches of rain. The result was devastating flooding that ruined thousands of homes and caused 30,000 people to flee. Morrow, his fiancé, Alicia Kay, and his two sons were among those evacuees to hit the road – albeit with huge misgivings.
The speed with which the floodwaters grew in the wake of Harvey was alarming. As a result, Morrow faced a race against the clock just to get his family and their dogs out in time. To expedite the evacuation process, the teacher made the agonizing decision to leave the rest of his animals behind. By the time Morrow left his farm, it was already covered in 30 inches of water – and rising.