Washington miracles aside, the outpouring of assistance from regular folks has been the parable of the Good Samaritan magnified. When J.J. Watt, the Houston Texan football star, set up a fund to raise $200,000, the donations poured in and are now expected to reach about $20 million. First responders and AmeriCorps volunteers from the Baltimore area have made their way to Texas, joining their cohorts from all over the nation. People with flat-bottomed boats and high-water vehicles formed rescue flotillas, plucking stranded people from flooded dwellings — sometimes aided by squads of drone operators steering them to where help is needed. Some of them were organized, like the Cajun Navy; others were individuals who on their own just heeded the call.