As the flood waters are beginning to recede in Houston and other parts of southeast Texas, many people are turning to social media in order to find missing family members.
Earlier this week, as KARE-TV reports, mom Da’Jauh Hennix was one of them.
Da’Jauh was leaving her mother’s home in east Houston on Aug. 28 when the flood waters started coming up to her neck. She cried as she held her 8-month-old baby, Paige, up above her head and walked through the deep water.
Fortunately, Cpl. Reed Clark from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office saw Da’Jauh walking down the flooded street and brought the baby inside his watercraft. He told KARE-TV:
“I heard people screaming ‘Baby!’ She was holding the baby up and then the water would come up and you could see her neck and her head come under the water and she was trying to get to higher ground.”
He told Da’Jauh to meet him at a black truck at the end of the road. But by the time she got there, there were too many black trucks in the area. She couldn’t find the right one.
Da’Jauh went to a nearby shelter and continued to search for her baby. She posted on Facebook, and Constable Christopher Diaz did as well.
His post went viral and was viewed more than 2.6 million times. Soon, they were able to find each other through social media.Screenshot/KARE-TV
According to CBS News, Da’Jauh isn’t the only person using social media to reunite with lost family members. Many other people have been posting and reposting stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Some of the social media posts are met with positive outcomes:
Others are followed with devastating updates:
Very sad to report that Coach Jordan was found. The ending was not happy. I have no details. RIP, Coach Jordan. You were much loved.
— Lee Jackson (@Stonewall_77) August 29, 2017
If your child is missing, you can report him or her to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-866-908-9570. Parents and custodians should provide a photo of the child, basic information, and any information regarding disabilities or medical needs.
If you find a missing child, contact the local police and then fill out NCMEC’s Unaccompanied Minors Registry form or call 1-866-908-9570.
A spokesperson for NCMEC told Dearly that many children have been reported to NCMEC as a result of the hurricane. But at this time, only one child remains missing:
— NCMEC (@MissingKids) August 31, 2017
FiveThirtyEight reported that tens of thousands of people were displaced during the hurricane. At this time, the number of deaths has been reported at 47, though experts warn the number could rise.
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 1, 2017
The Houston Police Department told Fox News that 47 people have been reported missing since Hurricane Harvey made landfall and that, so far, 27 have been located.