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Apr 17, 2018

This app maker says his work saved thousands during Hurricane Harvey — and he’s not done yet

Volunteers in a canoe makes their way to assist a driver that was stalled going through high water during Hurricane Harvey, Monday, August 29, 2017.

Matthew Marchetti was among thousands of Houstonians motoring through the turbulent, murky stormwaters of Hurricane Harvey as the sun set on August 27th, 2017. He was sitting in a stranger’s dinky motorboat, attempting to rescue neighbors and shuttle them to safety. The problem was that he didn’t know where to look — neither did the police and fire departments.

“It was a big ol’ mess,” Marchetti says. As he disembarked to high ground, he phoned his friend Nate Larson, and said, “You know, we should develop a little website. Just for our neighborhood.” His idea was to create an application where a family in distress could quickly submit a call for help containing their location and information, which would instantly appear on a map. A...

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