Above, images and photos of Tropical Storm Harvey’s impact from Saturday night through Tuesday in Bellaire and Houston, Texas.
It’s been a tough time for Houston and Texas residents after days of rain and drizzle from Harvey. Last Friday night, Hurricane Harvey hit near Corpus Christi and later moved toward the Houston area as a tropical storm, dumping flooding rains Saturday night, Monday and Tuesday. The sunshine returned late Tuesday afternoon. Even with a full day of sunshine Wednesday, the water rescues continue and the number of homeless evacuees are rising from this storm as it moves on to the Texas-Louisiana border and into Louisiana.
Parts of Houston and Harris County also are flooded tonight due to the Army Corps of Engineers controlled water releases from the Addicks and Barker reservoir dams. Tropical Storm Harvey also wiped out power, cable and internet service for thousands in the Houston area, but these services are getting back online one day at a time. No one here was spared from Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey’s impact. Texans, volunteers, first-responders, news media and local officials have been resourceful, strong, resilient, compassionate and working long shifts to help others during and after Harvey. As staffs in every sector were stretched thin, many others from across the country arrived to help. Houston area and federal disaster officials expect a long recovery from Harvey.
So far, more than 20 deaths have been confirmed from Hurricane or Tropical Storm Harvey. The deaths also include 6 people when their van sank in rising flood water in Houston. A 34-year Houston Police Department veteran, Steve Perez also drowned on his way to work.
Houston and other communities also have curfews until further notice. The Houston curfew is from midnight to 5 a.m. daily. Some neighborhoods in Harris, Fort Bend counties and other counties remain under mandatory evacuations with curfews in place.
Since last Saturday night, Houston officials and others have opened mega shelters like the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston for evacuees. NRG Stadium, Lakewood Church, other shelters and churches also have opened their doors to evacuees. Hundreds of strangers, neighbors and volunteers with boats have stepped up to help in water rescues or transporting people to shelters and with acts of kindness.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Visit http://www.ghcf.org.
Hurricane Harvey donations also can be made to the American Red Cross at https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-Harvey and through local fundraisers at Houston television stations.
Houstonians, many others and we are grateful for your help, prayers and generosity to get our hometown and other communities in Texas and Louisiana back on their feet.
Thank you very much.