Harvey hit the coast of Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, which was the first time since Carla in 1961. The area of Rockport was smashed by the massive and slow moving hurricane, which traveled as far north as Cuero with hurricane force winds.
(The water rose another 6″ after these photos were)
We are fortunate to be in Buda TX which was in the Tropical Storm part of Hurricane Harvey, but out of the path of major flooding and destruction, aside from wind damage.
While the coastal areas hit directly suffered terrible damage, the brunt of the calamity was caused by the torrent of rain that quickly fell, and has yet to stop in areas like Houston.
Corey’s family and mine in Pearland has been flooded out of their homes; my family with 1′ of water (and rising as of Monday Evening) and Corey’s cousin (the ones we went camping with) with a total loss of 5′ of water. Just look on the news to see the amount of people on rooftops. He had other cousins with home damage as well in south Brazoria county- some were halfway submerged and they reached their residence by boat to check.
Corey’s hometown of Sweeny was under such a massive evacuation, even the city workers left. The fire department drove around telling everyone to leave, fearing 3′-10′ of water covering the entire town.
I am grateful for those that have the equipment to volunteer to help out. My brother’s friend drove from Alvin to Houston to help, he may not even make it back home because the flood is rising. Those with boats and large trucks- thank you for being a blessing to strangers. That is humanity. That is being Christ-like, that is love.
Many of us are not able to get there to help, but we can give, we can help those that evacuated and came to our area, wearing nothing but the clothes on their back.
We can all pull together to help. The truth is, we can’t rely on Insurance and FEMA to provide assistance to our neighbors. We do live in a land of excess and more than enough, and right now, some folks lost everything; so “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”-Luke 3:11
And we can go help with clean up when the flooding settles in the days to come.
Here is a small list of places you can donate to and volunteer with:
Austin Pets Alive You can donate supplies and money here, and if you really want to help- go adopt a flood friend! Austin Pets Alive took in over 200 pets that would have been euthanized because they were in shelters in the path of Harvey.
SPCA Brazoria County– they currently have over 1000 pets that are in need of support!
You can also donate blood to a local donation spot.
You can also help out by feeding the volunteers and first responders helping out.
The Cajun Army has been amazing at rescuing people stuck in their homes.
Or get with a group of folks planning on taking items to local shelters for those that can not get into their homes for the days and weeks to come.
Search GoFund Me or YouCaring for local families that you can help directly.
MOST PEOPLE NEED CASH.
When we went through Joplin, MO after the terrible tornado, we asked for places to donate clothes and were told that the people had no place to store belongings and they really just needed food and a place to lay down while they rebuilt. Give food, give time, give money, just give!
Where ever you decide to donate, check them out online first to make sure your money will not be whittled down to 10% before being given. Charity Watch is a good place to start. According to Business Insider, these groups get the top ratings for giving, local and abroad.
Many of the convention centers are housing the victims of the flood, they may need volunteers to help with handing out supplies. Comfy clothing, sweats, etc are needed for those that do not have a home to return to.
There are many other ways and places you can give assistance, it does not matter where or how- just that you do…and remember that help will be needed for many weeks, months and years to come.
We will rebuild, we will be OK.
GOD BLESS TEXAS.