As Hurricane Harvey battered the coast of Texas over the weekend, it was estimated that the storm could cost as much, if not more, than $40 billion worth of damages, with at least one death being attributed to the storm. But there was a touching moment after Harvey’s landfall on Saturday as Paul Goodloe, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, discovered a downed American flag outside a school in Rockport, Texas. “I can't let Old Glory just sit here like that,” Goodloe tells his camera man.
In a video tweeted out by The Weather Channel, Goodloe can be seen making his way through the debris covered streets when he spotted the flag next to a snapped palm tree. “I don’t know how strong the winds have to be to cut a palm tree in half, but that’s what happened to the top of this tree,” he said. “But next to it, you have Old Glory. I can't let Old Glory just sit here like that.”
“The school, yeah it’s battered so it the flag … but we got to fold this up,” Goodloe explains as he fought the elevated wind speeds of the storm. “Make sure this isn’t a casualty of Hurricane Harvey.” The video cuts to show him and another member of his team taking the time to fold the flag properly into the honorable triangle shape.
After they were done folding the flag, Goodloe noted that it wasn’t a “perfect fold,” but they managed to get it done. The video ends as he continued his way through the storm ravaged town with the flag tucked under his arm.