Tropical Storm Harvey has caused devastating floods, turning streets into rivers and threatening lives across southeast Texas. And 15 to 25 more inches of rain has been predicted for the region.
According to FEMA, emergency shelters will see 30,000 people, and the consequences of the storm will be felt for years.
The LA Times reports that Southern California Firefighters are headed to Texas to help with search and rescue efforts.
The New York Times has this striking video of how Houston looked before the flooding and how it looks now.
How to help
There are numerous organizations and charities working to help.
- Slate has this list of organizations, including those helping babies, pets, children and the homeless.
- Vox also has this list, which includes local food banks.
- You can also donate to the Red Cross or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. (Note: The Red Cross has come under criticism for its work. You can hear more about that, on Press Play)
- The Salvation Army is helping victims and relief workers. You can donate to their Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts.
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The U.S. Coast Guard says it is “conducting urban search and rescue in the city of Houston,” acting alongside local police, fire and other agencies.
Meanwhile, President Trump has declared an emergency disaster in neighboring Louisiana, where the southwest portion of the state is bracing for another 15-25 inches of rain. The declaration, effective Aug. 27, authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to bolster the response efforts of local authorities.
FEMA has already deployed more than 1,800 staff members and says it has more than 1 million meals to help those affected by the storm.
Flooded portions of Houston and other parts of Texas will see more heavy rainfall on Monday, as the National Weather Service issued new flash flood warnings for a wide area from Galveston inland to College Station.
(Photo: Hurricane Harvey just before it hit land, NOAA)