City of Plano Parks & Recreation Blog

Posted on: September 7, 2017

Oak Point Rec Center employee aids in Houston rescue efforts

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When Oak Point Recreation Center staff member Micah Cano began seeing the horrific images from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the recreation coordinator didn’t think twice before making his way toward the devastation. 

The recreation coordinator and his dad helped rescue roughly 80 individuals from the floodwaters in Katy last week. An avid duck hunter, Micah used his boat to get families out of their flooded homes and created conversation with children to help take their minds off what was happening all around them. Micah was given a hero’s welcome by his Parks and Rec family and the stories of his experience has become a source of inspiration for many of his coworkers.

“It was one of the most tragic things I’ve ever seen, but it was also the most beautiful,” Micah said. “I’ve never seen that many people come together like that collectively. There were so many boats and so many volunteers and first responders. When people need help, we rally, especially here in Texas.”

Believe it or not, with all the devastation left behind after Hurricane Harvey, many fellow Texans still need our help. But you don’t need a boat to make a difference.

If you are still wondering how to help meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, you have many options. Community Impact Newspaper offers six ways to help those in Houston affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey_WEBThe Houston Parks Board has also created the Houston People & Parks Hurricane Relief Fund. The fund supports employees of the Houston Parks & Recreation Department and their families who were impacted by the hurricane. Like many other hard-working Houstonians, if they don't have money in savings, it will be very difficult for them to address their immediate and short-term needs—needs as basic as food, school clothes, medicine and more.

The fund also recognizes the thousands of Houstonians who care for the city's parks by mowing the grass, collecting the trash, fixing the playgrounds, leading summer programs, and so much more. If any funds are left over after all the employees' needs are met, the remainder will be donated to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

“Houston's parks and green spaces did a world of good during the worst storm on record, absorbing rain and diverting waters to our bayous,” fund organizers stated on the website. “We hope you'll help those who took care of the parks before the storm, will clean up now that we are in recovery mode, and will keep caring for our parks as we move forward as a community.”

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