A break from your regularly scheduled TV nonsense to report from the center of a disaster.

Good morning, everyone. As you might know, Foolish Watcher’s headquarters are located in the great state of Texas, in America’s fourth largest and most diverse city, Houston. And we have had a rough weekend down here.

Hurricane Harvey pummeled the South Texas coast on Friday, destroying the small cities of Rockport and Port Lavaca, and taking a brutal hit on Corpus Christi. Harvey, charged with warm Gulf water, then dumped some 9 to 11 trillion gallons of rain on us, and the deluge hasn’t stopped yet.

Our local CBS affiliate, KHOU, is located on the banks of Buffalo Bayou, the bayou that runs near downtown Houston. The news station had to evacuate Sunday as the bayou began pouring into their studio:

The station ended up dropping off the air for seven hours while they evacuated, broadcasting through its website and social media sites.

Meanwhile, while her colleagues were evacuating, there was one KHOU reporter on air, and she literally saved a man’s life (although his rescue wasn’t broadcast, as the station went black moments before he was pulled from his truck):

One of the ABC affiliate’s producers broadcast from his flooded home, and was eventually rescued by viewers:

And all of the news stations have been joining boat rescues and relaying messages of trapped people.

I am not going to sugar coat it, this has been rough. I’ve lived in Houston during other major weather events, and Harvey is worse. Much worse. This is a catastrophe that is going to take some people years to recover from, and my heart is broken for my city.

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Fortunately, Foolish Watcher’s HQ has remained dry and with power. Our streets flooded and trapped us in our house yesterday, but the roads have since cleared. Thousands and thousands of my fellow Houstonians are not so lucky and have lost everything.

It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of such overwhelming destruction and misery. The only way to combat that is to take Mr. Roger’s beautiful advice: Look for the helpers. And there are a lot of helpers in Houston right now.

But even better? Become a helper yourself.

There are many, many ways you can help Houston and South Texas:

It’s going to take a long time to recover from this, but we will. I will get back to my regular TV-related posts tomorrow, promise.

And to all of you out there who are praying for us right now, thank you.

Houston pride – forever. by Jeremy Rutledge:

if you want
to pray for Houston
you have to pray
in her way

pray like Beyoncé
when she was
or Billy and Dusty
shooting pool
at Rudyard’s

pray like you’re
sitting over soup
at Spanish Flowers
or pho at Mai’s
steaming your glasses

pray like the kids
playing soccer
on the east side
or mutton busting
at the livestock show

pray like the runners
in Memorial Park
lacing them up
or the researchers
in the medical center
looking into microscopes

if you want
to pray for Houston
you have to pray
as quietly as
the Rothko Chapel
or Houston Zen Center

and you have to pray
as loudly as
the old scoreboard
at the Astrodome
after a José Cruz
home run

you have to pray
sitting under
a live oak tree
or standing next to
an azalea bloom
while your skin
clams in the heat

if you want to pray
for Houston
you have to pray
without pretense
this ain’t Dallas
and in a neighborly way
as friends come out
to check on each other
in the rain

and those
who are far away
watch screens
and wipe our eyes

if you want to pray
for Houston
raise a bottle of Shiner
to the gray sky
9 trillion gallons of rain
are no match
for a city of such life
and diversity

you can fill up our bayou
but you will never rain
on our parade

WATCH THIS — maybe. If you’re in Houston, it’s unclear that you’ll be watching anything but storm coverage.

Bachelor in Paradise: Dummies get sand in their bathing suits. 7 p.m., ABC

The Real Housewives of Dallas: I am going to blog this eventually. Maybe today’s the day, who can say. 9 p.m., Bravo

People on Earth: CAN YOU BELIEVE THEY KILLED [REDACTED]??? 9:30 p.m., TBS

So You Think You Can Dance: I might write about Bachelor in Paradise, but this is actually my favorite show of the summer. The top 8 perform. 7 p.m., Fox

The Happening: The nadir of M. Night Shyamalan’s career is perhaps the most unintentionally hilarious movie of the 2000s. 8:30 p.m., HBO Zone

Late Night: The Daily Show: Neil deGrasse Tyson

MON. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Bachelor in Paradise
To Tell the Truth
CBS Kevin Can Wait
Superior Donuts
Life in Pieces
CW Supergirl
Hooten and the Lady
FOX So You Think You Can Dance
NBC American Ninja Warrior
Midnight, Texas

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