Letters from flood-ravaged Texas

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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 www.redcross.org.

Photos courtesy of Lacy Hayes and Vanity Walden