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Houston cleanup has little crime and lots of helping hands

After riding out Hurricane Harvey in a motel and waiting an agonizing week for the waist-high waters to recede, 71-year-old Bob Janak returned to his wrecked home for the first time to find it swarming with people.

They weren't thieves or looters. They were volunteers who took it upon themselves to clean out the modest ranch house in outlying Magnolia, pushing wheelbarrows of sodden carpet and drywall and spreading armfuls of soggy, salvageable belongings on his front lawn.

"I tried to help out, but it was pretty obvious I was just getting in the way," Janak said with a laugh. "They are amazing, I tell you. I'm so touched."

For many people in the...

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