As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to inundate Houston, volunteers with canoes, small boats and pickup trucks have joined first responders and the Texas National Guard to rescue thousands of people from flooded homes and neighborhoods. Here are some images of police, Guardsman and ordinary citizens helping victims of the unprecedented storm.
Volunteer search and rescuers from Passion Fruit film production company ready their boat to rescue flood victims in Houston's Meyerland neighborhood.
A woman is helped from a boat after being rescued from her flooded neighborhood.
A National Guardsman helps a family evacuate a Houston neighborhhood flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey.
Andrew White helps a neighbor down a street after rescuing her from her home in his boat in Houston's River Oaks neighborhood.
Texas Army National Guard members Sergio Esquivel and Ernest Barmore carry 81-year-old Ramona Bennett after she and other residents were rescued from their Pine Forest Village neighborhood.
Even while his own home was flooding in Hurricane Harvey, a Houston area doctor was determined to perform emergency surgery on a 16-year-old boy, using a canoe and walking through waist-high floodwater. Dr. Stephen Kimmel, a general pediatric surgeon at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas, rushed out of his home Aug. 26 to help Jacob Terrazas, who would have faced permanent damage if the surgery hadn't been performed immediately.
Four bakers found themselves trapped at El Bolillo Baker by rising waters when Harvey pummeled Houston -- but instead of waiting around, they did what they do best. They used 4,000 pounds of flour to bake nearly 5,000 pieces of bread, and later handed it out to evacuees.
Volunteers and officers from the neighborhood security patrol help to rescue residents in Houston's upscale River Oaks neighborhood.
A man wearing a trash bag as a raincoat carries a woman whose home was flooded in Houston.
In a now-viral video, Victoria White and Marquist Taylor gave a passionate, gospel performance at a Texas shelter for Harvey evacuees. Surrounded by cots and people, White burst out powerful notes of the song "Spirit Break Out." People nearby yelled "Amen" and clapped along.
A sheriff's deputy helps a woman whose home was flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston.
An officer from the neighborhood security patrol helps to rescue residents and their dogs in Houston's River Oaks neighborhood.
They got a text at 9:43 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27: Bay City needed bus drivers to help evacuate the Texas town. Athletic director Guadalupe Florez and football coaches Janak, Jerrod McCollister, James Werner, Andrew McFaddin and Brent Bennett jumped in their cars and answered the call.
Naoim Coto carries her dog, Simba, on her shoulders as they evacuate their home in Houston.
Texas National Guardsmen rescue people from flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
Arthur Kolten, 96, was rescued from his Meyerland home by volunteers in a motor boat.
As of Tuesday morning, more than 17,000 had been safely moved to shelters across Texas, according to the Red Cross.