TEXAS, USA – Hurricane Harvey smashed into the Gulf Coast of Texas late Friday night as a rare category 4 hurricane. Although it has now been downgraded from hurricane status, the worst may be yet to come. The storm continues to hover over Texas, dumping huge amounts of rain and causing severe floods.
Along the coast, residents are dealing with downed trees, damaged buildings, and rising water. Many have no power, and they lack fuel, potable water, and basic supplies. No gas stations or grocery stores are open in some towns, and lines wrap around the few open shops.
In Houston, where the worst of the rain is falling, people have had to be rescued by boat and helicopter. Some areas have already seen as much as two feet of rain, and meterologists are predicting as much as 50 inches along the Texas coast. At least five people have died. Tens of thousands of residents are seeking shelter.
This dynamic storm is continually changing, but rain is expected to keep falling, causing even more devastation. Harvey may drift back over the Gulf of Mexico where it could recharge before returning to pour more rain on Houston. Rivers will likely keep swelling until they hit their highest points later this week. FEMA Administrator Brock Long reported, “Texas has never seen an event like this.”
Operation Blessing stands at the ready to help. Vice President of U.S. Disaster Relief, Jody Gettys, and her advanced team are already visiting the coastal towns. They are assessing damage, even as they pray with and encourage residents.
As preparations for the main disaster response are being made, Operation Blessing is already assisting in practical ways, like quickly purchasing and providing fifty portable cribs for an emergency shelter in Dallas. Meanwhile, our full disaster relief convoys are ready nearby to move in as soon as the danger has passed. They will be delivering massive quantities of food, portable showers, refrigerated trailers, generators, volunteer supplies for those who will help with the aftermath, and more.
Many residents are left reeling from Harvey, but thanks to supporters like you, Operation Blessing is on the frontlines to serve the people of Texas.