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Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief

Devastating floods and damage from Hurricane Harvey leaves 6.8 million people of the population of Texas displaced by torrential rain, flooding, and damage.
Photo Credit: U.S. DoD - Sgt. 1st Class Malcolm McClendon


Most of South Texas is without power. Broken highways and heavy flooding make relief by land difficult. Join us in our relief efforts as we deploy teams into the most vulnerable areas with aid and relief.

August 29, 2017
Hurricane Harvey slammed directly into the coastal Texas city of Rockport overnight, knocking down trees and signs, bending utility poles in half like toothpicks, and blowing out the windows of police cars. At least one person died in a house fire during the storm, Aransas County Judge Burt Mills said, and about a dozen others suffered minor injuries like broken legs. In addition, a hotel wall fell in, the high school suffered major damage and business and homes suffered “catastrophic damage,” Rockport Mayor Charles Wax said. “There’s been widespread devastation,” he said. The storm, which landed as a Category 4 but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, brought high winds and heavy rains to the area. Further flooding over the next few days could add more considerable damage to the reeling city.

About 50 to 60% of residents decided to stay in the city through the storm, officials told CNN. Police received calls of roofs ripped off homes and walls falling on people, officials told CNN, and at least one family was trapped by water. They managed to rescue about 20 people during a short break in the storm, but otherwise were unable to do extensive rescues overnight. “We lost everything. We need FEMA to help our town,” Yendiree said. “The whole town of Rockport is demolished. My home was just one of the many that was destroyed. We need aid. We need quick aid. This is a disaster.” It brought devastating amounts of rain to an area that includes some of Texas’ most populous cities. It stretched along the state’s Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Houston, and inland to Austin and San Antonio. Parts of Louisiana were also expecting heavy rain. At least five people have been killed and more than a dozen injured. Houston, the fourth-­‐largest city in the United States, has been inundated and is under a substantial amount of flooding.

Please pray:

  • For all those affected by the flooding and damage
  • For the safety of our Iris Relief teams as they deploy to bring food and relief supplies needed
  • About how you can respond to this crisis

Photo Credits:
U.S. DoD - Sgt. 1st Class Malcolm McClendon, Petty Officer 3rd Class Johanna, Lt. Zachary West

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