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Better use of drones

Like many other Texans, I watched with astonishment as Hurricane Harvey inundated the coast and just kept delivering blow after blow to areas like Rockport and Houston. I wasn't exactly glued to the TV set over the weekend, but I tried to keep on top of the situation because I have two daughters and four grandchildren living in the Houston area, one family in League City and one in Pearland.
On the ground, TV crews did a pretty decent job of telling us the story, although I think the Weather Channel set up in one place and just kind of stayed there for a whole day. I saw the same two cops filling up a boat engine with gasoline for several hours, for example.
What was missing -- for me -- was creative use of drones to tell the story. Today's drones, equipped with cameras, are cheap and plentiful. I wish the networks had sent them up and given me a good bird'seye view of the whole situation on several occasions.
I know that TV reporters are trained to get the human element of a story first. I was a TV reporter myself. But, the broader context is also very helpful, and in this case really does tell the horror story of rainfall's devastating effects on Houston.
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