Doug Standart is a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He moved to Houston, Texas in 2010 to complete his education. He currently works as a geologist for the Marathon Oil Corporation. Standart joined Neal Larson on KID Newsradio to talk about his first-hand experience with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
You can listen to the full interview below:
HOUSTON, Texas — When Doug Standart moved to Texas in 2010, he didn’t have much use for his Idaho climbing, fishing and camping gear, but as Hurricane Harvey descended on Houston, he pulled out his old equipment and prepped his boat for the storm.
“Being from the northwest, up in Idaho and Utah for the majority of my earlier life, I grew up camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing a lot actually, I have all this gear here that I don’t really use too much in Houston and I’ve found a use now with all this water coming up.”
The Idaho Falls native now living in Houston and on the front lines of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation says the outpouring of service and compassion has been inspiring.
“It’s amazing how all the people have come out from all the surrounding states,” “I met some folks from Arkansas and Tennessee the other day that brought their boats out to come and help people and that’s really, really been inspiring to see these people come and help us.”
Standart says he’s rescued about 30-40 people in the last few days, many stuck in their flooded homes. Some have criticized city leadership for not calling for Houston’s evacuation, but Standart says leaders were acting on lessons they learned during Hurricane Rita several years back.
“Houston’s plan of action was just to stay in place,” Standart said. “What we learned from Hurricane Rita was almost everybody that died from Hurricane Rita was because they were out in their cars and they got flooded or they died from heat exhaustion. So, in this case, if the people of Houston had tried to evacuate…you can’t displace six million people and expect them to just pick and move. I mean, where are you going to put six million people in the first place?”
Standart says feels optimistic about the flood waters receding soon, presuming Hurricane Irma doesn’t hit the Gulf Coast.