Good samaritan helps children cross flooded street with the help of a grocery basket. (Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Residents join together to push a stalled pick-up truck through rising flood waters. (Photo by Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)
Houston police SWAT Officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son Aiden to safety. (Photo by David J. Phillip / Associated Press)
Man floats on the freeway, after helping the driver of a submerged truck escape to safety. (Photo by Charlie Riedel / AP)
Dean Mize and Jason Legnon rescue Shardea Harrison and her three-week-old baby in their airboat. (Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Barb Davis, 74, is helped to dry land after being rescued from her flooded neighborhood. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)
Alexendre Jorge evacuates four-year-old Ethan Colman from flooded neighborhood. (Photo by Charlie Riedel / AP)
A man rescuing two children from rising flood waters — a photo that has now gone viral via social media.
Volunteer helps rescue residents from West Houston neighborhood. (Photo by Charlie Riedel / AP)
Precinct 6 Deputy Constables Sergeants Paul Fernandez, Michael Tran, and Radha Patel rescue an elderly woman from rising water on North MacGregor Way. (Photo by Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle)
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls and Lucas Wu lift Ethan Wu into an airboat. (Photo by Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle)
Texas Army National Guard members Sergio Esquivel and Ernest Barmore rescue 81-year-old Ramona Bennett from Pine Forest Village neighborhood. (Photo by Erich Schlegel / Getty Images)
The Texas flag flies alongside the American flag amidst Hurricane Harvey's destruction.
More people are rescued by boat in order to flee flooding.
Woman rescued by first responders from flooding freeway. (Photo collected via Instagram)
Woman rescued from flood waters via piggy back ride. (Photo collected via Instagram @therhondaross)
First responders and volunteers help residents evacuate rising flood waters. (Photo by Scott Clause / he Daily Advertiser via AP)
Here, a man helps push a woman to safety in rising flood waters. Now, you can help by volunteering.
Lifelong friends comfort each other in Refugio, Texas. (Photo by Nick Wagner / Austin American-Statesman via AP)
"Our lights will go dark in sympathy for those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey." — @empirestatebldg Instagram account
Natural disasters are deemed disasters for a reason. They wreak havoc and permanently alter lives. But sometimes the worst tragedies have a way of bringing out the best in a community, a fact that’s become increasingly evident through the unfolding catastrophe of Hurricane Harvey, the historic storm that has ravaged Houston and the Texas coast.
Harvey’s landfall has already been deemed historic. Dumping nine trillion gallons of rain, the storm — which hit the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane — has turned into the wettest tropical event in United States history.
That ominous superlative has resulted in more than 3,500 rescues from life-threatening flooding throughout the city of Houston, an operation which has not only highlighted Houstonians’ magnanimous spirit, but also the charitable soul of those across the country.
In fact, many states — including the New York Fire Department, the Utah Search and Rescue Task Force, and more — have already deployed extra manpower to Houston.
As heroic first-responders are conducting rescue missions around-the-clock, regular civilians have also stepped in providing boats and trucks; conducting impromptu rescues; and delivering aid to those in need.
It’s a heartwarming scene in the midst of an otherwise devastating situation.
We’ve rounded up a gallery of some of the most uplifting scenes from Hurricane Harvey. These 20 photos are sure to restore your faith in humanity.