USMS Members Provide Relief From Hurricane Harvey

Helena Finley started her fight against the rising water at 4 a.m. on Aug. 27, about 8 hours after the torrential rain from what was then Tropical Storm Harvey began falling.

The Houston Cougar Masters swimmer knew her effort was fruitless after she saw one of her grandson’s toys and a teacup floating. Water wasn’t coming from underneath the doors anymore. It had found its way through the foundation in the center of her house.


There was only one thing left for Finley and her family to do: Help others.

She, her husband David, and their son James used their kayaks to rescue about 60 people (and about 20 pets) from their neighborhood.

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